Here Brian Malouf begins to explain his thoughts on how to approach bass instruments, starting with the electric bass guitar. In this short video tutorial he demonstrates a way to achieve clarity in the bass guitar in ways that don’t involve actually changing anything with the bass itself, but rather how to identify other elements in the mix that may be interfering.
- [Voiceover] So far in this course,…I've been taking instruments…in the order of importance to me,…and I'm gonna continue now, with bass instrument,…cuz I think it's the next most important.…I like to build a house from the ground up,…but you can't ever overestimate how important the vocal is.…But, needless to say,…I'm gonna start with the bass instrument,…that is a Fender bass.…Let me play a little of it for you.…(bass line of "Euphoria" by Max Liberty)…And this instrument almost always comes to you…as a DI and amp recording,…since, I don't know, since I started in this business,…it's been that way.…
And my philosophy on the bass,…is I really want to feel it at all times,…and I prefer…hearing the center tone at all times.…And I want to start without too much fanfare,…on a technique that I feel is really important.…Let me, for a moment,…disable this plugin,…and this one,…unsolo everything,…and play you a little segment of this song.…This'll be worthwhile, listen.…("Euphoria" by Max Liberty)…Now when I first heard that,…
Brian starts with the basics of creating a mix template and getting a good raw balance of the instruments in the mix. He then dives deep into signal processing techniques on many types of instruments, including drums, bass, guitar, keys, vocals, percussion, strings, and brass. He'll pick out and treat individual tracks with compression and EQ, add space with reverb and echo, and modulate the sound with flangers and phase shifters. Pro Tools is used throughout the course, but the techniques will work equally well with the DAW of your choice.
- Customizing a mix template
- Understanding the interplay of volume, panning, EQ, and dynamics
- Processing drums
- Processing lead and background vocals
- Gain processing
- Treating the bass guitar and synth guitar
- Placing piano in the mix
- Treating strings and brass