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 Post subject: Bass and kick leveling
PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:44 pm 

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Hay Ableton users,
I am having a problem. I have an amazing bass line and I really would love it to be very loud and give that punch to the gut feeling you get when you walk in a club, but when I put in my kick drum with it, the sub-woofer is a living hell(BAD).
I need help keeping that club feeling of the bass to go with the kick. I also am a noob at mastering and ableton though

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 Post subject: Re: Bass and kick leveling
PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 11:14 pm 

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any and or/all of these options...

find a different kick.

side chain the bass to the kick.

eq the kick differently to the bass.

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 Post subject: Re: Bass and kick leveling
PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:03 am 

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also, to add to am's post
-change the bass sound
-change octaves

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 Post subject: Re: Bass and kick leveling
PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:38 am 

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The first thing I'd do is EQ the bass and sidechain-comp it.

Throw and EQ8 on it and highpass filter it at 30-35hz. This rolls off the frequencies below to keep things bit tighter.

Then throw a compressor on the channel, hit the little triangle arrow thing in the top left corner of the plugin. Enable sidechain, and scroll through the drop-down menu to find the kick drum. Then adjust the threshold, ratio, attack, and release so that when the kick drum hits, there's some gain reduction on the bass so the kick comes through. I usually set attack pretty low. I usually adjust threshold/ratio to about about 2-6db of gain reduction on the bass, depending on the song. Mess with the release a lot, this will drastically change the bass's effect in the song.

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 Post subject: Re: Bass and kick leveling
PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:32 am 

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To add to the above, I have a tutorial I made that covers some of the issues:
Tuning kick and bass
Comparing frequencies and tuning the kick drum.

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