Are you still struggling with mixing your Bass sounds with another element in the music?
All the genres of music use Bass instruments and sounds in their compositions, be it EDM or an orchestral piece Bass is always required to fill in the low end of the Audio spectrum. Audio spectrum range for humans is 20Hz to 20 KHz which means we can’t hear bass frequencies below and above 20Hz TO 20 KHz, respectively.
If you don’t have a good Sound monitoring system and Subwoofer installed you might not be able to hear the sub bass as loud as the Sub Bass is. I suggest using a good studio headphone until you get a sound system for monitoring. Additionally using few simple techniques and tools, you can make your Sub-Bass like a Pro.
To get to the pro bass sound quality, you should first know the basic difference between:
- Sub Bass frequencies below 50 Hz to 60 Hz towards the lowest spectrum, which are rather felt than heard.
- Mid-Range Bass frequencies above 50 Hz to 2 KHz, mostly modulated by different parameters and also have a stereo panning on them to make it sound Big.
- Upper Bass frequencies above 1 KHz to 18 KHz which gives the sharp texture after some modulations and effects.
Layering plays a very important role in today’s electronic music, you can use these layering techniques to create really interesting sounds. All the above mentioned Bass sounds are layered together in the mix after cutting the required frequencies and if played together, it gives a Huge sounding Bass effect.
For a clean Sub Bass, we will be using a single Sine wave. You can use any VSTi with Sine wave. I am using single Oscillation of “Sin- triangle”wavetable in Massive’s OSC1.
Write a midi note using C4 Key which is one octave lower than the standard note C5.
In Massive select the 1st OSC table and select Sin-Triangle, move the wavetable position towards 10 o` clock and pitch it down to -24.
In the Filter setting select Scream filter, change the wavetable position for Cut-off towards 8 o` clock as well as Scream and Resonance wavetable towards 10 o` clock.
In EQ settings turn Low Shelf wavetable and Boost wavetable towards 1 o` clock and the High Shelf towards 11 o` clock.
By this, you will have a heavy sounding Sub-Bass sound.
Open your Effect unit for EQ-ing (I use PRO-Q 2 by FabFilter) so that you can check if there are any unwanted frequencies that you don’t want in your mix. For Sub-Bass, we don’t need any other frequency above 50 Hz to 60 Hz.
Right now we have made a Sub Bass in which you can see all the unwanted frequencies above 50 Hz. Using the High Cut setting cut the frequencies till 50 Hz.
Once you have cleared all the unwanted high frequencies give it a slope at around 18 Hz so that it can mix properly with the frequency of Kick.
A valuable tip for mixing Sub Bass is to keep the Low frequency in Mono by which you will have a Sub Bass with balanced left and right channels. If your Low-end frequencies [Sub bass and kick] are in Mono you can layer up the bass with Mid-range bass with stereo imaging on it to give you a huge Bass sound with tight and clean low end.
How can you Mono a specific signal in FL studio?
Assign the Sub Bass instrument to Insert 1 and turn the stereo separation knob towards 5 o` clock, to effortlessly convert the stereo signal output as Mono. If you are using Ableton live, try using Utility mono effect to achieve mono sounds.
How about adding mono signal while working on a complete mix? Can you change just the lower spectrum in Mono without messing up the other frequencies?
Yes, you can. I am using iZotope Ozone 7’s Imager for this part. By using Imager function, you can divide the whole spectrum into 4 adjustable bands as well.
Above picture shows that the Imager divides the frequencies into 4 bands starting from 20Hz to 20 KHz.In order to change the setting on any specific band, increase or decrease the amount on the Band which helps to widen or narrow the character of the stereo effect.
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