Re: Phase relationship between bass guitar and kick drum
Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2020 5:04 pm
armans wrote:In the 80s a hit record wouldnt sound like a hit record does today.
That much is true... but the point I was making is that 'precision' time-alignment is not essential in creating a 'hit'. Moreover, just because the modern tools allow us to do something like that, it that doesn't mean we should, or that we need to!
I am trying to understand if having a kick and bass that are time aligned with a lot of low end in each, does that not cause phase cancellation?
Cancellation occurs if signals of a similar frequency are at diametrically opposite stages of their phase rotation, and not if they are more or less in the same phase/polarity.
Obviously precise time-alignment of bass and kick will give a rock-solid sense of timing, but it will also make it harder to distinguish between those instruments and it will almost certainly generate much higher initial transients resulting in reduced headroom and/or clipping and a need for additional dynamic control to reign them back in.
I guess it depends on the musical genre, but the way live musicians play against each other is a critical element of what makes great music, and it's often the subtle inconsistencies of timing and timing offsets that create the feel and groove of a track. Precision time alignment is likely to destroy that.