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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 2:52 pm 
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OK Guy`s, what are the hz-khz cut off frequencies that you use in your mixes for Bass Guitar.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 4:25 pm 
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T.Mac. wrote:
OK Guy`s, what are the hz-khz cut off frequencies that you use in your mixes for Bass Guitar.
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Good morning T-Mac,

The answer for me is program dependent. I first ask myself, do I want the bass or kick to carry the low end? As we all know, the low end of a mix can be a big trouble spot and it is difficult (if not impossible) to have two "kings" ruling that space.

I mostly don't hi-pass bass guitar. IMHO, there isn't much usable above 2-3K so I will sometimes low-pass.

To avoid conflict with the bass drum I'll carve out 7-9 db with a Q of 2 or so @ the kicks low end fundamental, for Rayzor's kick that is around 90-100 hz.

At the bass guitar "body" fundamental I'll boost a few db which usually is in the 250 - 350 hz range.

This is for a typical rock song. It seems to work OK for us. Might not work so well for other genres.

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I generally High pass both the bass and kick at something at or less than 42.5 htz. Won't be the same for each recording, but this helps control the bottom end IMO, without affecting the lowest audible stuff. When you raise this number can begin to hear this filter working then I dial it down. I don't want to lose that low punch. Then as Gary says boost or carve (depending on who is the "king" of the low end for that mix) in the 85 - 110 region for the kick and a bit higher for the bass. Depending on the notes that dominate the bass track (226 is middle C) I would boost or notch with a mid steep Q to a steep Q after sweeping with a very high gain to discover what is Acting up (or well), and then dialing back to a comfortable level, getting that kick and bass working. Compression plays a large roll in how this works out as well, along with where you place the compressor in the chains of both tracks.

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Cheers for that guy`s, a massive help. :thumbright:
I alway`s find or believe that the bass in my mix sounds too woolly.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:49 pm 
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You can try high pass filtering other instruments as well. Taking out or controlling the bottom of acoustic guitars is often very helpful in developing the sound of the bass instruments. you want to tidy up the space needed for the bass by eliminating (controlling) competing sounds.

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I roll off downwards gradually from as high as 150-200 Hz, depending on the mix. Rolling off upwards depends (imho) much on the genre. The funky poppy things I like to play hardly needs any upwards roll of at all, but jazz music is a different story.

Remember the golden rule: it all happens in the mid range! (and apply or ignore this rule to taste :) )

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 Post subject: Bass guitar frequency.
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Robbie wrote:
Remember the golden rule: it all happens in the mid range! (and apply or ignore this rule to taste :) )


+1,000,000

Right on Robbie, this is really where you get the definition or "cut" of the bass guitar.

Find the fundamental tone and EQ boost an octave above that fundamental. You'll take up less room in the mix which reduces any masking effect and really hear the bass line. I'm a guy who likes to hear the individual bass notes most (not all) of the time.

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