Bass Mixing EQ Cheat Sheet
The reason the kick and the bass tend to be mortal enemies in many mixes is they can literally occupy identical sonic space from a frequency perspective. So before reaching in with any EQ, listen to both and decide where one will take the lead over the other, and in which ranges.
40 to 80 Hz - Bottom: Especially with five-string variations, this is where the bottom resonances of most basses live...GET RID OF EVERYTHING BELOW 40.
80 to 200 Hz - Fundamentals: The primary fundamental of the bass. Right around 180 to 200 Hz is where you can try to cut in on a bass that is too "boomy" to clean it up while preserving fundamentals
200 to 600 Hz - Overtones: These are the upper harmonics of most bass tones, depending on the sound you're interested in. If you're having trouble getting a bass to cut through in a mix, especially a low-end heavy one or one that's getting played back on smaller speakers, this can be where to look. A 6 db DROP at 250 can clean up the muddiest bass mix.
300 to 500 Hz - Wood: Particularly in upright basses, it's that distinctive, woody bark
800 to 1,600k Hz - Bite: The growl and attack of most basses can be either emphasized or toned down around here
2,000 to 5,000 Hz - String noise: Pretty straightforward here, I think
I'll add that, from a drum perspective, around 180hz is a good spot to notch down any kick drum. It's around this frequency where that horrible, boxy and muddy boom of an acoustic kick can be managed. Dropping this back can keep the punch but give a lot more clarity.
Edited by mpointon on 26-02-2016 16:15
Now I've got a complete EQ ranges for a bass...
But it's sometimes a hard to deal with an alredy done mix dowloaded here.
Choices are hard to do between the drums and the bass...
Talking about bass what about compression ?
Treshold, Ratio, Attack, release etc...
I guess I will have many questions... ^^
Thanks again it will be really useful for me...
Compression: Don't compress too high at an EARLY stage. People tend to compress very, very heavy to sound better. :)
Edited by Neronick on 27-02-2016 09:19
And I have bad news for some: Compression doesn't make you sound better!
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