Redesigning and positioning the bass
As part of his contribution to Rudeboy, Dom brought some serious sub-bass action into play courtesy of Producer Sounds’ 808 Warfare instrument. “I did some 808 work – the bass was a different sound when it came to me, and I just felt like it needed to have this ‘rounded’ kind of club sound to it. There’s a low one, which is mono, and then a high one with a bit of a spread on it. I avoid putting spreaders on anything below 2-300Hz as it can lead to problems in the mix, so I kept the low one mono and the high one wide.
“That’s a good trick when things end up on the radio,” he continues. “Most people are listening through a small speaker or their phone, and if you’re just dealing with subs, they won’t hear it. So if you have an octave up in your bass – not necessarily very loud – you’ll feel the melody of the bassline, even on a small speaker. We kept that in mind.”