Join Brian Lee White for an in-depth discussion in this video Warming up the bass tone, part of Mixing a Hip-Hop and R&B Song in Pro Tools.
So now that I have a solid lead vocal sound I can go ahead and move on to my instrumentation…and getting that fit into the context of the mix.…And the first thing I want to look at is my bass instrument.…Now this Sub bass here only comes in during the chorus, so let's go ahead and take a listen to it.…(music playing)…It's a very, very low-frequency bass, so the things we're going to want to watch out for…or how much low-frequency information is it adding to this song in addition to my heavy…808 and kick drums once it kicks in during the chorus.…
So I am going to want to make sure that I don't add too much bass during my chorus section…so that I can remain consistent in my ultra low lows throughout the song.…The other thing I am going to want to do is try to warm up this ultra low bass so that…we can hear it better on smaller frequencies. So I think that's where I am going to start.…A lot like I processed my 808 I can add a little bit of harmonic distortion in the form…of tape simulation or saturation to a bass to pull some of the lower frequencies forward…
Recommended prerequisites: Pro Tools Essential Training and Pro Tools Mixing and Mastering
- Setting up the mixer
- Layering kicks and low-frequency management
- Enhancing the lead vocals
- Working with rap "stabs" and "adlibs"
- Processing vocals with EQ, compression, and other effects
- Warming up bass and low-frequency tones
- Re-creating a "sampled vinyl" sound
- Creating "width" and "depth" in the stereo field
- Adding automation
- Mastering the track with compression and limiting
- Bouncing out a stereo mix