It really comes down to each individual instance, but as was mentioned above, you cannot know without the proper listening environment. Even on a bass track, you want to be conscious that it's not too powerful too low, otherwise the rest of your song gets lost -- remember, a HPF doesn't just stop sound below those frequencies, it gradually slopes the levels.simmerdown wrote:so, cut everything below 60hz, except not the bass track, if your going for that stomach rumble? is that what ch'all meant?
Also important, 60 hz isn't the gospel, it depends on what you are doing. You'll want to adjust the slope and curve of your high pass depending on the shape of the sound you are working with.
This is a regular square wave playing. On EQ8, I'm using the default Q setting in Live, in HPF mode and setting the freq. to 60 hz as has been discussed. You'll notice that the audio peaks at -10.7 db before the filter, and -15.3 db after -- not really a significant difference, especially at such low frequencies, but perhaps noticeable. However, when you look in the area I've outlined in red, you do see a significant difference in levels. I've also marked a yellow line at 28 hz. Notice how the waveform looks very similar higher up than the yellow line, but very different below it?
I don't think speakers even in clubs are set up to reproduce audio even at those low frequencies below the yellow line. I think Clubs will have their own high pass filters set up in the 30-40 hz range to make sure you don't break their stuff. However, the audio data, however small (even completely inaudible, and would never make it to the club's output anyway), still exists, and will still be affecting compression, amps, etc.
I think someone else can probably take over at this point, because I feel in over my head at this point, especially once we start talking about getting this sound out of Live and into your nuts.