100% BASS

Get that heavy, earth quak­ing bass you’ve al­ways dreamt of with our ul­ti­mate low-end power guide

Computer Music - - Make Music Now -

For fes­ti­val-go­ers, DJs and soundsys­tem ad­dicts, the word ‘bass' con­jures up vis­ceral images of eu­phoric dance­floors, seis­mic vi­bra­tions and screwed-up faces. Yet the ex­act same word strikes fear into the hearts of most pro­duc­ers and mix engi­neers, since the low fre­quen­cies are both the most im­por­tant and the tough­est el­e­ments of a pro­duc­tion to get right.

It’s not hard to see why bot­tom-end bal­ance is so tricky to nail. Fans de­mand an ab­surd amount of bass in their mu­sic these days, and tracks must sound ab­so­lutely perfect when played through ev­ery type of soundsys­tem – from the tin­ni­est kitchen ra­dio to the big­gest stacks. Fur­ther­more, ev­ery track within ev­ery sub­genre has a dif­fer­ent type of bassline, and a par­tic­u­lar set of re­quire­ments that must be ad­hered to. And to make life even harder, low fre­quen­cies are the most dif­fi­cult to mon­i­tor and as­sess, due to the sheer power and size of low-fre­quency wave­forms, and the phys­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions of both mon­i­tor speak­ers and the av­er­age home stu­dio room.

So what’s a pro­ducer to do? This is­sue, we’re show­ing you ex­actly how to deal with low end in all its forms. With the tu­to­ri­als (and ac­com­pa­ny­ing videos) across the next 12 pages, we’ll give you the knowl­edge you need to source and sculpt your bass for max­i­mum pos­si­ble power!

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