differentiating the bass drum from the bass guitar

Discussion in 'Bass' started by Maxwell, Apr 22, 2005.

  1. Maxwell

    Maxwell Guest

    What's the best way to master the bass drum track to make it sound different from the bass? And why is the bass i record, which i record directly, sound blurry and muddy and each note is not precise?
  2. killersoundz

    killersoundz Guest

    Thats pretty funny you asked that just now. Just the last hour I've been remixing some of my songs with great results. It's pretty obvious that when you have a bass drum and bass guitar, it all gets pretty mushed together, like i've personally found.

    What I was just now doing was I used parametric EQ, solo'ed my bass drum and find the "sweet spot" of it that I think sounded good (~150hz). Then I notched that up (the bass drum at ~150hz) and then I went to the bass track and cut some with another parametric EQ at around the same frequency. I componsated by boosting the bass a little bit more around the mid range and some more lows, and I always have a lot of high end "tap" on my bass drum sounds so I raised up the high end a bit for that. Overall that really seems to work.
  3. moinho

    moinho Active Member

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  4. karbomusic

    karbomusic Active Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Charlotte, NC
    If it is a mixing/mastering situation (no more tracking) then the above fixes are available. I would probably prefer to cut frequencies at each frequency vs boost. IE, cut the bass gtr at 80 and cut the kick at 150 as a ballpark example. (your frequency choices will vary)

    Or even set the eq for the bass gtr to "high pass" and just roll off everything be low a certain lower frequency. This depends on the music style and type of bass etc (5 strng/4 string etc) and its sonic responsibilities in the song.

    For future use.... This is best solved when taken into consideration during the mic placement, kick tuning, etc during tracking for both instruments. That's one of the things that should be going on during that process, making sure your mic choice, position, or bass preamp settings etc don't step on each other to begin with. If this is achieved correctly, you'll never need the eq in the first place and arrive at a much cleaner, defined musical sound. Last thing... Sloppy playing sounds muddy also and if so, none of the above will actually cure the problem...

    Best regards-


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