When mixing bass, it’s always a struggle to get it right.
Have you ever been in a situation that the bass you are trying to mix sounds nice and wide but lacks sub in the middle? And you try to enhance that sub, only to find out the wide “sparkle” isn’t there anymore? It’s tough to achieve many goals in one shot.
When I started, (and I still do!), I tend to try to make all the result I want in one pass. For example, try to maintain both low-end and high-end with single track with bunch of plugins. Sometimes I used 7-10 plugins to get what I want, then realize that I boosted something on one plugin and cut the exact same with another, because there’s conflict that I couldn’t handle two goals at the same time! Yes, I tried to use multi-band compressors and dynamic EQs but it was too much.
I originally learned from one of online videos by Tony Maserati, one of greatest mixers all time, explaining the “New York Style Compression” aka parallel compression technique. Then another legend Dave Pensado used similar idea to different instruments.
Check out the video here, it’s only 3min.
*text breakdown of the technique
One tricky thing about this process, is the phase cancellation. Altering frequency on tracks might mess up with the phase relationship between two tracks. Use your ears to adjust accordingly.
As mentioned above, this technic can be used for any instruments, save the idea in your “toolbox” so when you face the same situation in the future, you have extra tool to use!
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