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OTT,

Another bass question. I keep asking because by bass just doesnt gel right with the rest of my mix. How do you low pass your bass?. Currently im using a 24db low pass filter, cutting everything above 500Hz. In theory this seems like the right thing to do, but it doesnt sound right to me. Typically how low do you go with your high pass filter? Am i maybe cutting out to many of the basses harmonics.

Also I use a brick wall filter to take out everything below 30HZ.


Ott responded on 11/17/2014
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I don't have a formula - every sound is different. Some bass sounds get filtered at 200Hz, some are wide open. Compare "Mi-Loony-Um' from 'Hallucinogen In Dub' to 'Squirrel And Biscuits' from 'Mir'.

I keep coming up against this "I filter out everything below 30Hz" thing, as if it's the obvious thing to do, but that's probably the last thing I'd ever do to a bass sound, unless it needed it.

The ultra-low frequencies need to be kept under control but just filtering them out completely runs the risk of losing all the weight.

The most important requirements for working with bass are decent monitors, manageable room acoustics and the ability to read VU meters accurately. Filter settings are irrelevant until you have those three boxes ticked.

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