One of the hardest things to do when mixing is setting the right amount of low end.
You might think you have the perfect amount of bass when listening in your studio, but you take it to your car and find that there’s way too much.
Or maybe you listen on your stereo system and find that it’s simply overbearing.
Whatever the situation may be, there’s a case to be made that you should be mixing less bass guitar in your mixes. Here’s the reasons why:
1. You’ll get cleaner, clearer mixes with less bass guitar. If there is too much, you’ll have a hard time getting that clarity in your mix.
2. You’ll cover up key elements like the vocal. When there’s too much bass guitar, your vocal tend to get covered up. You miss out on all of the awesome vocals and lead guitar riffs when the bass takes up too much space.
3. You’ll have a hard time getting your mixes loud. With more bass comes more pumping in the mastering stage. It’ll start distorting and creating overs, which sound unnatural and will force you to keep your level down.
It’s clear that too much bass guitar can have a negative overall impact on your mix. But that doesn’t mean you want to cut it out completely. You’ll be left with a bottomless mix – something that sounds just as unpleasant. So here’s the trick to getting the perfect amount of bass in your track:
Pull up your mixer and find your bass guitar track or bass stem. Once you’ve got it, mute it. If your entire mix falls apart, you’ve got too much bass guitar. If nothing happens, you don’t have enough.
You should notice it when it’s not there, but it shouldn’t take away a ton of energy in your mix. You want to feel it and miss it, but not so much that the entire body of your mix disappears.
Try this on your mixes and find that perfect level. Keep muting and un-muting your bass until you find the right spot.