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Bass comp' new
      #972198 - 25/02/12 10:31 AM
I'm having trouble keeping the bass guitar in my tracks disappearing in certain parts of the song.
I think this is frequency related which depending on the lower or higher notes the bass is playing means it's too loud or disappears.
I'm using Cubase and wonder if anyone can suggest the best method of compressing for frquency or dynamics.

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Re: Bass comp' new [Re: Dicko]
      #972209 - 25/02/12 11:14 AM
Assuming the bass part is played with some degree of consistency, getting it to sit nicely is usually fairly trivial beyond some compression/limiting and some judicious automation.

The first thing I'd wonder is if this is really happening, or is your monitoring misleading you? How does it sound on other systems?

And what do your meters say - does the level seem to be consistent there?

It would be worth posting an example.

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Re: Bass comp' [Re: Dicko]
      #973082 - 29/02/12 01:19 PM
Yep, could be your room.


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Re: Bass comp' new [Re: Dicko]
      #973157 - 29/02/12 06:16 PM
Thanks for the replies
I've re-read part of Mike Seniors book and have cured this with a multi-band compressor
This enabled me to reign in the bass notes at the upper part of the guitar.
The room is just the spare room which is untreated and i understand what you guys are saying but, commercial stuff doesn't sound like this when i play it in the same room.

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Re: Bass comp' new [Re: Dicko]
      #973161 - 29/02/12 06:29 PM
Check your bass as well. A good bass will have a consistent volume and tone.

Play it unplugged with you chin against it...does it seam sound acoustically, or is some of the range speaking better? Play it in another room. Some not so good basses dont have a good range, they go out of tune and dont speak well at the top, and just rattle and rumble at the bottom.

Maybe you have a great bass - sorry if I offeneded your plank!


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