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Mixing Talk / Re: Mixing Bass guitar
« on: December 17, 2012, 03:16:14 PM »
So one of the dilemmas I have is with Bass guitar. I can get the guitar to sit right in the mix with EQ and compression
but in places in the song when a lower note is played because of the stronger string vibration it is louder and throws off the
Bass mix . If I go to correct for that with EQ and compression the upper register notes sound thin.
I find a problem with the open E notes and then on 5 string basses
with the open B. Playing through a DI. What are some of the solutions that you all do to correct the note loudness difference.
Thanks


The note loudness difference issue is a true problem occasionally. Especially some classic bass models (Precision, Jazz) have this quality, many "Hifi"-basses (with active pickups) much less. Many skilled bassists use this weakness to their advantage; if song has a D note on it, they might play the D on the 5th fret of the A string during the verses and on the 10th fret of an E string during the Choruses. Louder, fatter. Of course there are also bad bass guitars which have uneven response and bad bass players too, who can't control their dynamics. ;)

If I have some troubles with the unevenness of a bass guitar, I usually compress the low end only with a multiband to even the response, before putting a normal compressor. If the compressor seems to pump from low end fluctuation, I simply use faster release :D Most of the time I have a version of an 1176 with fastest release dialed in.


Yup that sounds like a very good approach.

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Mixing Talk / Mixing Bass guitar
« on: December 13, 2012, 11:27:42 PM »
So one of the dilemmas I have is with Bass guitar. I can get the guitar to sit right in the mix with EQ and compression
but in places in the song when a lower note is played because of the stronger string vibration it is louder and throws off the
Bass mix . If I go to correct for that with EQ and compression the upper register notes sound thin.
I find a problem with the open E notes and then on 5 string basses
with the open B. Playing through a DI. What are some of the solutions that you all do to correct the note loudness difference.
Thanks

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