Adding Width and Excitement to Bass Guitar with SoundToys EchoBoy

Transcript:

Hey, folks! Matthew Weiss here — www.weiss-sound.com, www.theproaudiofiles.com.

I’m going to continue this SoundToys trend, and look at how we can bring a little bit of width and a little bit of excitement to a bass guitar using EchoBoy, which I know sounds a little strange. You don’t usually think of delay plug-ins and bass, but check it out, I’m going to show you just how we can do that.

[music]

So, bass guitar sounds good, but of course, it’s living strictly in the center, and it’s a little on the dark side maybe. Haha, Star Wars joke.

Let’s pull up EchoBoy, and let’s start building a chorusing effect. A distorted chorusing effect, to be specific.

So what I’m going to do is flip this to dual echo, because I want the two sides to be doing something different. I’m going to go into time mode on both of these echo settings. I’m going to turn the left side down to 0ms, and I’m going to turn the right side down to maybe somewhere near 30ms.

Now, it sounds like this.

[bass guitar plays]

So it’s a very stereo separated bass sound. Obviously, because I’ve used a delay to make it come out of the speakers at different times.

Alright, so what are we going to do from here? Well, the first thing I’m going to do is I’m going to turn up this low cut. I’m doing this, because at the end of all of this, I’m going to blend the mix wet/dry. If I have the low end of the guitar out of time with itself, when I start bringing in the dry guitar, it’s going to start to cancel. It’s going to have some phase problems. So, the way I can get rid of that is by simply removing the low end from this chorus effect.

Alright, now I’m going to go to “style,” and I’m going to go to “distorted.” I’m going to turn the saturation way up.

[bass guitar]

I’m going to go under the hood here, and we have these different EQ parameters. We have the frequency, which obviously targets the frequency that we want to look at, and we have decay and gain. Gain is an initial boost or cut to the designated frequency. Decay is then a subsequent adding or subtracting of that frequency.

So, if I set this into the positive here, every echo is going to become more mid rangey. It’s going to keep boosting on itself.

Now, I don’t have any feedback going, but that doesn’t mean that this isn’t going to do something.

Let’s check it out.

[bass]

Alright, now let’s find the frequency that sounds really good. We want to give that overtone sense to the bass, because the more of that first fundamental overtone, or first harmonic I should say, the more it’s going to kind of psycho-acoustically reinforce the fundamental.

[bass guitar]

That’s pretty cool right there. That’s sort of like a distortiony effect, which is kind of cool, but let’s go a little bit lower.

[bass guitar plays]

Alright, I’m digging that. I think that works pretty well. That ended up being about 300Hz.

[bass plays]

Now, I’m going to start blending the dry signal back in. In fact, I’m going to want to have mostly a dry signal, but I’m just going to lay it where it sounds about right.

[bass guitar plays]

That sounds pretty good. So maybe back this EQ off just a little bit. We’ll try there. So, before. After.

Alright. Let’s hear that in the full mix now. Before.

[music, before bass widening]

After.

[music, after EchoBoy]

Nice. So, we gave it a little bit of extra vibe, a little extra tone, spread it out a little bit, yet we didn’t really change anything from where it was sitting balance wise. It’s a cool effect.

Now, this along with some other presets is being packaged at this link here, as well as in the description in the video. So go there, download my presets, use them, throw up EchoBoy, and make those records sound awesome.

Alright, until next time guys!

Matthew Weiss

Matthew Weiss

Matthew Weiss is a Grammy nominated and Spellemann Award winning audio engineer from Philadelphia. Matthew has mixed songs for Snoop, Sonny Digital, Gorilla Zoe, Uri Caine, Dizzee Rascal, Arrested Development, 9th Wonder, !llmind & more. Get in touch: Weiss-Sound.com.
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