Clarity in the Low End

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by lefty, Mar 18, 2003.

  1. lefty

    lefty Guest

    How you obtain clarity in the low end from a two track stereo track.., no low-pass filter was used on the bass instruments .., help
  2. lefty

    lefty Guest

    I really mean clarity to the extent you hear the drums and bass clearly
  3. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2002
    NYC New York
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    Hello Lefty,
    To get the definition between the kick and the bass requires some practice. Depending on the arrangement of the two and the sonic qualities of the two, the approaches can differ. Sometimes more is less and less is more. you can place the kick above or below the bass freq wise so they don't take up the same space. excessive sub freq's can also cloud them. The key is to make them work together.
  4. JPH

    JPH Guest

    I've noticed that at least in Rock mixes, they go for the kick to be the way low bottom or the bass.
    Usually not both for the reasons Micheal mentioned.
    So there would be a high pass on the kick at about 80 hz but let the bass go down below that to fill it out. For example, Streely Dans "2 aginst nature", the kick is high passed and the bass fills out below that.

    On harder rock, the kick is usually, not always, the way bottom end.
    I also find the use of a subwoffer to be a great tool for being able to do this.
  5. johnclark2

    johnclark2 Guest

    Hi Lefty,

    I think everyone so far has misunderstood the question. Your question is in reference to a "two track stereo mix". Which means maybe a "Mastering Engineer" should probably step in here to answer your question.

    Maybe Bill Roberts or Doug Milton will see your post soon.

    Peace, :p:
  6. lefty

    lefty Guest

    I really mean fixing this problem in a 2 track mix ; not having available individual tracks to work with.., can this be fixed.., ?? holla back or is a remix required
  7. Ethan Winer

    Ethan Winer Active Member

    Mar 19, 2001
    New Milford, CT USA
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    > I really mean fixing this problem in a 2 track mix <

    You can often tighten up the low end by cutting somewhere around 100-250 Hz. with a parametric EQ. Even though most people think of "low end" as being below 100 Hz., the muddy parts of the bass range are often higher. So try cutting maybe 2 to 5 dB. with not too narrow a bandwidth, then sweep the frequency around that range to see if you can improve the sound.

  8. lefty

    lefty Guest

    thanx so much .. you dont know how much that advice helped me

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