How to… Break the low-end rules

Future Music - - PRODUCER’S GUIDE TO -

Fol­low­ing our last tip, mix­ing ex­pe­ri­ence will teach you when pro­duc­tion rules can be bro­ken. We’re al­ways told to separate kick and bass, but you might be pro­duc­ing a raw, lo-fi genre that de­mands a ho­moge­nous, ‘muddy’, ana­logue sound. Here you might have more suc­cess by meld­ing the kick and bass to­gether with par­al­lel pro­cess­ing, com­pres­sion or even dis­tor­tion. Or, you may find a widened bass trans­lates bet­ter than you thought it would in a club, de­spite tra­di­tional mix­ing rules. Only ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence will guide you to stylis­tic choices that suit your own aes­thetic.

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