KevinGoetz
Mute Prophet Guitarist
Join date: Nov 2011
684 IQ
#1
There's this trick that's really pretty commonplace with a lot of metal engineers, but recently I've been chatting more with the rock crowd, and they don't seem to have heard of this as much. Basically, you copy your bass and paste it onto another track. On one track, low pass at 150-200 hz. On the other, high pass that same place. The first track, the lower one, gets all the bass EQ treatment. The higher one is distorted, has its mids EQ'd, and is used to add some grit to the guitar sound and make the bassline present on smaller speakers.

Personally, I can't even imagine mixing bass successfully any other way. So what about it? Do you guys do this trick, or can you get by without it?
Cavalcade
razor sharp
Join date: Jul 2011
1,942 IQ
#2
Quote by KevinGoetz
There's this trick that's really pretty commonplace with a lot of metal engineers, but recently I've been chatting more with the rock crowd, and they don't seem to have heard of this as much. Basically, you copy your bass and paste it onto another track. On one track, low pass at 150-200 hz. On the other, high pass that same place. The first track, the lower one, gets all the bass EQ treatment. The higher one is distorted, has its mids EQ'd, and is used to add some grit to the guitar sound and make the bassline present on smaller speakers.

Personally, I can't even imagine mixing bass successfully any other way. So what about it? Do you guys do this trick, or can you get by without it?

"Cloning" is for scrubs. Real men split the signal across two inserts.
crazysam23_Atax
Feuergesicht
Join date: Oct 2009
5,710 IQ
#3
I actually split it like Cav said, lol. But it's basically EQ'ed the way you said.

Rock isn't as into the wall of sound style of mixing though, for obvious reasons. So, why would they need to have the bass as powerful. As I understand it, rock bass is either a single track with very light grit OR a clean bass track. Either way, the bass takes up everything below like 300Hz or so, iirc.
ChemicalFire
King of Bacon Pancakes
Join date: Oct 2007
5,773 IQ
#4
Lol cloning.


Dat bussing though. All over dat shit.
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chaosmoon
Registered User
Join date: Feb 2008
49 IQ
#5
IMO, rock bass is much bigger and fatter than metal bass. It's usually not mixed that way since it plays a different role in the mix. Rock songs can get away with a bigger bass sound, whereas metal has to be a little tighter.
Ababil_Albarn
Audio Engineer
Join date: Oct 2003
225 IQ
#6
especially that the bass sound has to make way for the kick drum in metal
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