Back with number two in the series of quick mixing tips! Today we’re gonna have a little talk about the ooooole bass guitar. Now those of you who have been following this blog for a while know that I freaking love distortion. On just about everything. If you haven’t been following…why not?! Do that now by clicking here and popping your e-mail in the box on the right and get notified when there’s a new blog post.
When it comes to the glorious bass guitar, I distort 99% of every bass I mix. Seriously. And 98% of the time, it’s with Sansamp. Today’s mixing tip will be the easiest of them all…ready?:
If you’re mixing rock, metal, punk, hardcore or anything of the sort: Distort your bass!
It’s such an easy way to instantly give your bass some “cut”. Hear a before and after:
Bam! In yer face! Now of course, this is pretty distorted. It’s a metal song and needed it. You can be a bit more tasteful with the drive/pre-amp knobs and still get some cut without going full Mesa Boogie all over your bass. Easy.
Now go try it out!
Hear this bass in context: