The low end of your mixes contain the most powerful frequencies. If left unchecked these frequencies can wreak havoc on your mix and master.
That’s why it’s so important to create a clear separation between your kick and bass, the two most prominent low end instruments in your mix.
Fortunately using just one simple technique, you can create this clarity easily.
Follow these two steps if you want to accomplish a clean low end, with a distinguished kick and bass.
Part 1: Amplify and Attenuate
Step 1: Insert your favorite EQ on both the kick and bass
Step 2: Create a bell filter at 80Hz. on both EQs.
Step 3: Set a wider Q, to sound natural, but not too wide.
Step 4: Attenuate the curve on the bass track and amplify the curve on the kick track. Use your ears and a frequency analyzer to determine how much you need to attenuate and amplify.
Part 2: Pan Left & Right
Step 1: Pan the kick to one side a small amount, and the bass to the opposite side a small amount.
Listen to the changes in the context of your full mix and adjust accordingly.
This technique serves as a great foundation for mixing your low end instrumentation. Next, you can start experimenting with compression, coloration, whatever you feel would make their sounds distinctive, and sit well in the mix.
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