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Processing Bass: Compression

by Kim Lajoie on April 16, 2009

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen this exchange: “hwo do i maek my bass PHATTNESS pls halp” “Use a compressor” I can’t decide what’s funnier – the blatent (and sometimes obviously deliberate) spelling errors of the question, or the starkness of the response. While not as powerful as EQ, compression can […]

Processing Bass: EQ

by Kim Lajoie on April 16, 2009

The most important tool for processing bass is EQ. EQ allows you to emphasise and de-emphasise different frequency ranges. Pushed to extremes, it can be used to change the “voicing” of the bass – the placement of where it sits in the mix, and how the tone changes for each note. Before you reach for […]

How do you process your bass?

by Kim Lajoie on April 16, 2009

It’s a funny question, that. The first response that comes to my mind is: “Use your ears and figure it out yourself!”. Yeah. Ha ha. Like I’m going to reach through the Internet and magically train your ears for you. But then I realise that people have all these astonishing tools available to them¬†in software […]

Balancing kick and bass

by Kim Lajoie on July 4, 2008

A kick drum can be loose, tight, deep, percussive, hollow, tubby, thick, light, etc. Do you want it to hit you in the stomach? The chest? The face?¬†Likewise, a bass could be rough, smooth, deep, throaty, thick, etc. Bass often also has the potential for emphasising the higher-register sound of upper overtones. A bass could […]