Just a quickie today…
Getting the right amount of bass in a mix seems to be a common problem that a lot of inexperienced mix engineers have. People often have too much or too little bass in their mix and don’t actually realise it until they get an outside perspective. If this is you, try to do these three things:
1) Listen to references. As I’ve spoken about in the past, you need to know your monitoring environment.
2) Resist the urge for more bass. More bass sounds cool and can get you excited and inspired… just remember that you might be overhyping your mix. Don’t be disappointed if it comes back from mastering sounding thinner than you’re used to.
3) Adjust your monitors. If your mixes regularly have too much bass, try turning the bass up in your monitors. Likewise, if your mixes are regularly weak in the bass, try turning the bass down in your monitors. Don’t be dramatic here – even 3dB can make a big difference to your perception.