In part one of this series, iZotope looked at how to to get a perfect drum mix and set a solid foundation for our other instruments explaining that a well-defined, full-spectrum drum sound makes it easier to lock in the low end of the bass more accurately. In this video the goal is to achieve a balanced, organic-sounding bass tone that compliments the drums and doesn’t compete for the same sonic space and they show how that can be done in three simple steps using the tools in iZotope Alloy 2.
- Add dimension to your tone and bring the same warmth and character found in great live bass rigs to your mix, add the Harmonic Exciter to the front of your signal chain.
- Eliminating unwanted frequency content can make the rest of your bass tone really stand out. Using both high and low-pass filters will remove low-frequency rumble, as well as reduce high frequencies that are harsh to the ear.
- Even the most powerful bass tones can be ruined by too much compression. That’s why some engineers use two gentle compressors in series, instead of using one harsh compressor that could ruin the subtleties of your tone.
You can get more tips and tricks on mixing with Alloy on the Tips & Tutorials section of the iZotope web site.
Watch out for part 3 of this series where iZotope move onto the keyboards.