Managing the mid frequencies of bass

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  1. Quotec

    Quotec Active Member

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    Hiyall!

    I got a neuroish bass sound that I processed by bandpassing the mid frequencies and making those classical automations(sweep up and down). The problem though is that many bass sounds have a critical, most audible and most exciting part right in the mid and upper mid frequencies which I have bandpassed. The latter unfortunately influences the bass character in an unpleasant way. How could I bandpass and still retain some of bassĀ“s mid frequencies character? Should I first boost mid frequencies and than play around with bandpass or thereĀ“s some other way? I know many folks advise to distort a lot, but which type of distortion to use and how much of it? :carlton::carlton::carlton:
     
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  3. SubMix

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    How a bass sounds in isolation is fairly insignificant. It's how it sits in the mix that matters. It's easy(ish/er) to create a great bass sound in isolation, but not uncommon for it to vanish once you sit it within a track. If you are dealing with distorted bass tones, then those distortions often have their 'fatness' and punch around 250-450Hz, with the bit from the harmonic content in the distortion around the 1KHz mark. This is often a safe rule both digitally, and when detailing with a bass guitar and a distortion/fuzz pedal. Obviously each synth/effect/pedal/sound has it;s own content, and so those frequencies may move about a fair bit, but I would start trying to pick out though frequencies in your bass sound and see if they add some presence to the bass in the mix. Maybe use a number of filters to cut out frequencies around those points, just to leave critical frequencies in.

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    Like submix said, through psychoacoustics your ears fill in the gaps and at some point you may want to experiment on a mixdown of a tune by doing a numbers mix and cutting everything to its place, before seeing how it comes together in the end, maybe throw a quick mastering job on there to trial a finished version. sometimes cutting specific parts more cleverly can yield a phatter end result.