Bassline Interfering with Drums

Dj Jammin

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Basically i've made this beat, which sounds quite fat and i've got quite a nice bass sound. But when i do certain notes which are quite bassy the drums just start distorting and crackling. Any ideas.
 

reconn

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Your levels are probably peeking. Check your peak meter and if you don't know what that is look for a meter that when you play your sounds it shows their level in decibels, kind of like what you would see on a stereo with the green yellow and red. It will most likely be in the red which means distortion/clipping. If so, just turn down your sounds or tweak your effects until its in the yellow or green. You should notice a difference pretty quickly. good luck!
 

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You're driving the levels too hard and have probably cocked up your EQing on your drums/bass or both.

I wouldn't worry about sidechaining to stop a mixdown sounding crap
 

DJ Joey

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Yeah, I've had this problem a few times in the past too. Specially with the amen break.

The solution has been different each time so i'll list a few that have worked for me in the past:

Reduce the bass on the eq on the drums, sometimes only a slight reduction can solve it.

If your running your bass through a filter try playing around with the frequency dial a bit.

Run the whole track through a maximiser(in Reason) turn the clipping on then increase the output volume slightly to compensate for volume loss. (sometimes works, sometimes screws the sound completely)

Best of luck.
 
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