Mixing snare and bass drum db

Discussion in 'Drums' started by eddies880, Nov 10, 2005.

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  1. eddies880

    eddies880 Guest

    Im in the process of mastering some drum tracks and have one quick question:
    while mixing the snare and bass drum,is it advisable to have the bass drum set at a lower db level,and let the bass guitar bring the lower freq,s into the mix? :?
  2. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW




    This question has no 'answer' other than the one that is right for the material at hand.

    This is where most relatively inexperienced mixers start reaching for a piece of gear other than a cue-tip.
  3. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004

    If this is some kind of rock or metal or maybe pop or many other things.......I'm gonna have to say no. Make that kick hit hard! Like, -0.1 db . A bass guitar at this level will rumble far too much. Hopefully it was mixed somewhat correctly.
    But you say mastering some drum tracks, so are you working with stems or something? If so, you will have to decide for yourself how to mix them.

  4. Sounds to me like you're mixing rather than mastering. There's a pretty significant difference there.

    Bottom line: don't mix with your eyes, mix with your ears. Move the faders until it sounds the way you want it to. If you don't know how you want it to sound yet, listen to some commercially produced CDs in the same style and decide which ones trip your trigger. Then, make it sound like that.

    Then let a mastering engineer handle that part of it. That $*^t is black magic voodoo.

  5. eddies880

    eddies880 Guest

    Like youre opinion,thanks-----thats waht I figured,but like to hear it from someone else,just maken sure Im not crazy.
  6. eddies880

    eddies880 Guest

    WEll---------------Im mixing/mastering the drum tracks------I still have the ability to either go up or down with the bass drum db.
    I hate it when I already know the answer,I just likje to verify from some fellow recording enthusiast.
  7. ggunn

    ggunn Guest

    When I am mixing drums, I strive for getting the kick and snare to have the same subjective impact in the mix. Note that this is not necessarily the same as having them have the same slider height on the board or showing the same VU level.

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