Whether you're making pop, rock or dance music, bass is the anchor of your tune. It provides rhythm, groove and lays the foundation for the rest of the mix to be built upon. Producers often run into issues with bass. Not only is bass difficult to monitor in a reliable way in most home studios, but certain attributes of the sound itself can cause problems. Much like when dealing with drums (see These Are Your Drums on Compression), producers reach for compressors when processing their bass for specific reasons.
Compression is central to a modern producer's arsenal. You've probably heard all about compressors and the amazing things they can do to your sounds (and maybe some of the not-so-amazing things they can do too). Compressors are tricky devices to wield because often their effect is not obvious. All of the moving parts found on a compressor only add to the confusion. Is the compressor attacking or releasing and how do the threshold and ratio play off the other parameters? All this confusion has manifested itself in often more perplexing articles, blog posts, YouTube videos and tutorials filled with truth, lies, myths and legend. T
Few things are as satisfying or as exciting as loud bass. Earth shaking bass is a cornerstone of modern dance music and hip hop. If you want your tunes to measure up to professional releases you need to take care of the low end. Thankfully a powerful low end can be achieved without too much work. In this article we will run you through some of the ways the pros get their basses round, heavy and tight.