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Editing the bass rhythm

From: Audio Mixing Bootcamp

Video: Editing the bass rhythm

Sometimes when we get something in the mix we find that there is a problem and that there is some timing issues, there is something that's early or something late, and the only way we can make the track sound good is to do a fix. So let me show you how to do a quick fix on the bass here that we can apply just about any instrument if it happens. Let's have a listen first of all to the drum track and the bass. (Music playing) Now it doesn't sound so bad when everything is together.

Editing the bass rhythm

Sometimes when we get something in the mix we find that there is a problem and that there is some timing issues, there is something that's early or something late, and the only way we can make the track sound good is to do a fix. So let me show you how to do a quick fix on the bass here that we can apply just about any instrument if it happens. Let's have a listen first of all to the drum track and the bass. (Music playing) Now it doesn't sound so bad when everything is together.

But if we soloed things up, we can definitely hear if the bass is late. We are going to solo the Kick, the znare, and the bass. (Music playing) You can hear that last note is definitely late against the snare. That's what we want to fix. So the easiest way for us to do this is to move the snare channel next to the bass. And the way we do that is we click-and -hold and then move over to the bass. Now when we go to our Edit window we see bass and snare are right next to one another and this is important, because we'll look to where the snare is so we can line up the bass and we'll do the final part by ear where this will give us in the ballpark. Let's listen.

(Music playing) So here's where the problem is and it's right here. So what we'll do is we'll highlight just that note. Now we can tell by the peak here this is the next note. So we want to go from the peak here to the next peak and what we're going to do is hit Command+E. Command+E now separates on both sides so we just have this one piece. Now what we're going to do again is grab this piece by clicking and then moving the mouse and move it up just a little bit and let's hear what this sounds like.

(Music playing) It sounds almost but not quite. (Music playing) Go to a little ahead now, then a little bit behind. (Music playing) Let's listen with the rest of the track. (Music playing) Now we can zoom in by just hitting the T button and the R button moves us back.

And if we zoom in we can see, we are just a little bit ahead. Here is this snare drum right here and here is the bass. Now what we want to do is move this just ever so slightly and we'll grab it move it back and we'll listen now. (Music playing) That's pretty close. (Music playing) The next problem is right at the Edits. Let's listen to the bass by itself and listen to what happens. (Music playing) If we really want to make this sound good what we're going to do is do a quick crossfade.

Now where we want to do this is just move our mouse right on top of the edit. Now if you take notice we get this little icon and what that means is we can now add a crossfade and the way we will do that is we'll click and we'll move to the right and you can see this crossfade comes up. We can do the same thing over here. Now what we're going to do is we are going to elongate the previous region so they overlap a little like this. And let's have a listen. (Music playing) And you can hear it's pretty seamless. (Music playing) Let's listen with the snare again.

(Music playing) And let's listen to the whole track. (Music playing) Matter of fact let's go back to the beginning and have listen. (Music playing) And you can hear all of a sudden it's tightened up. Now if you want, you can go through all the parts and tighten everything up so they hit pretty much the same. You don't want to always make everything exactly the same because then it gets a little boring but you want to make sure that one instrument doesn't sound so far either ahead or behind that it just sounds awkward.

Of course, that's a taste call, but that's why you're the producer, right?

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Audio Mixing Bootcamp

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  1. 1m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
  2. 8m 20s
    1. Determining the listening position
      2m 27s
    2. Fixing acoustic problems
      2m 5s
    3. Setting up your monitors
      3m 48s
  3. 20m 17s
    1. Setting up your session
      5m 52s
    2. Setting up your subgroups
      7m 50s
    3. Setting up your effects
      6m 35s
  4. 8m 45s
    1. Developing the groove
      3m 46s
    2. Emphasizing the most important elements
      3m 44s
    3. Knowing what to avoid
      1m 15s
  5. 1h 4m
    1. Learning the principles of building a mix
      1m 1s
    2. Assigning the drums to a subgroup
      3m 55s
    3. Building the mix from the kick
      10m 8s
    4. Building the mix from the snare
      8m 46s
    5. Building the mix from the toms
      5m 25s
    6. Building the mix from the overhead mics
      3m 53s
    7. Checking the drum phase
      4m 44s
    8. Balancing direct and miked bass channels
      3m 36s
    9. Building the mix from the bass
      3m 26s
    10. Building the mix from the vocals
      4m 19s
    11. Balancing the rhythm section
      2m 44s
    12. Balancing the rest of the instruments with the rhythm section
      5m 22s
    13. Making a mix without building it
      4m 20s
    14. Balancing the harmony vocals
      2m 35s
  6. 23m 2s
    1. Looking at the three main panning areas
      9m 23s
    2. Panning the drums
      6m 9s
    3. Avoiding pseudo-stereo
      7m 30s
  7. 1h 17m
    1. Understanding compressor parameters
      3m 42s
    2. Setting up the compressor
      14m 44s
    3. Compressing the drums
      7m 53s
    4. Compressing the room mics
      4m 9s
    5. Compressing the bass
      5m 24s
    6. Using the New York compression trick
      4m 23s
    7. Compressing the clean electric guitars
      4m 40s
    8. Compressing the distorted electric guitars
      4m 48s
    9. Compressing the acoustic guitars
      8m 7s
    10. Compressing the piano
      6m 35s
    11. Compressing the electric keyboards
      4m 32s
    12. Compressing the vocals
      4m 34s
    13. Compressing the horns
      3m 55s
  8. 25m 36s
    1. Learning noise gate basics
      9m 23s
    2. Using the noise gate on guitars
      3m 57s
    3. Using the noise gate on drums
      7m 38s
    4. Learning de-esser basics
      2m 15s
    5. Using the de-esser on vocals
      2m 23s
  9. 36m 4s
    1. Understanding equalizer parameters
      10m 16s
    2. Learning subtractive equalization
      8m 57s
    3. Learning frequency juggling
      8m 28s
    4. Using the magic high-pass filter
      7m 39s
    5. Learning the principles of equalization
      44s
  10. 49m 46s
    1. Equalizing the kick
      6m 7s
    2. Equalizing the snare
      2m 57s
    3. Equalizing the rack toms
      5m 4s
    4. Equalizing the floor tom
      4m 32s
    5. Equalizing the hi-hat
      4m 56s
    6. Equalizing the cymbal or the overhead mics
      6m 49s
    7. Equalizing the room mics
      5m 13s
    8. Equalizing the bass
      3m 59s
    9. Editing the bass rhythm
      4m 21s
    10. Equalizing the rhythm section
      5m 48s
  11. 47m 58s
    1. Equalizing the electric guitar
      8m 15s
    2. Equalizing the acoustic guitar
      4m 55s
    3. Equalizing the hand percussion
      3m 28s
    4. Equalizing the lead vocals
      6m 5s
    5. Equalizing the background vocals
      4m 14s
    6. Equalizing the piano
      4m 46s
    7. Equalizing the organ
      6m 49s
    8. Equalizing the strings
      6m 4s
    9. Equalizing the horns
      3m 22s
  12. 30m 47s
    1. Learning the principles of reverb
      1m 59s
    2. Understanding reverb parameters
      6m 49s
    3. Timing the reverb to the track
      6m 6s
    4. Equalizing the reverb
      2m 51s
    5. Using the two-reverb quick setup
      5m 35s
    6. Using the three-reverb setup
      7m 27s
  13. 59m 8s
    1. Adding reverb to the drums
      7m 56s
    2. Adding reverb to the vocals
      11m 59s
    3. Adding reverb to the guitars
      5m 17s
    4. Adding reverb to the piano
      4m 19s
    5. Adding reverb to the organ
      3m 43s
    6. Adding reverb to the strings
      5m 36s
    7. Adding reverb to the horns
      2m 57s
    8. Adding reverb to the percussion
      4m 46s
    9. Using reverb to layer the mix
      12m 35s
  14. 46m 8s
    1. Learning delay principles
      1m 40s
    2. Understanding delay parameters
      6m 54s
    3. Timing the delay to the track
      1m 28s
    4. Using delay timing variations
      2m 51s
    5. Equalizing the delay
      4m 23s
    6. Understanding the Haas effect
      2m 51s
    7. Using the three-delay setup
      7m 23s
    8. Adding delay to the vocals
      8m 43s
    9. Using delay to layer the mix
      9m 55s
  15. 21m 35s
    1. Understanding the types of modulation
      2m 43s
    2. Understanding modulation parameters
      4m 13s
    3. Modulating the guitars
      4m 7s
    4. Modulating the keyboards
      3m 17s
    5. Modulating the vocals
      4m 17s
    6. Modulating the strings
      2m 58s
  16. 12m 22s
    1. Mixing with subgroups
      5m 5s
    2. Using mix buss compression
      4m 21s
    3. Understanding the evils of hypercompression
      2m 56s
  17. 39s
    1. Goodbye
      39s

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