How to Mix Bass Guitars using Kush Audio UBK1, UAD LA2A, Studer Tape Machine, and Decapitator

Hey guys, what’s up? Welcome to a new video this week.

I wanted to take a look at bass guitar stuff and this tune I was working on today. Here’s what the track sounds like.

[mix]

Okay. That’s what the track sounds like. It’s kind of a Dance/House tune, and there’s a real bass guitar in it, which is cool. The final bass track sounds like this.

[bass guitar]

So let’s break down how I got from point A to point B.

So first, got the bass. It sounded like this.

[bass guitar, dry]

First thing I did was pull out the Cambridge EQ from Universal Audio. There’s a little high passing — 12 dB per octave to 37Hz. I kind of let it — I usually go to 50, but I kind of wanted it to take up more of the subby stuff. Kick drum doesn’t really go that low.

Then we ducked out some of this 287 to 400Hz gunk.

[bass guitar]

It sounds like that.

Then I just boosted a little 110 to even out this low end on it.

[bass guitar]

Real subtle move. Then we throw a little LA2A magic on it using the silver version limit mode.

[bass guitar with LA2A]

Not doing a ton. Minus 2dB.

[bass guitar]

Just kind of rounded out the peaks.

Then I put a little room reverb on it. Yes, I will use reverb on my bass guitar.

[bass with reverb]

Yeah, and that’s really subtle. It just kind of helps it stick to things, I feel like.

Here’s what the reverb setting looks like. This is Oxford Reverb.

[bass with reverb]

Take a look, get your screenshots.

Then we duplicate the track. Right. So now you have this second track below it with pink. So this is what it sounded like.

[bass]

Starting from zero again. Threw a Decapitator on it from SoundToys.

[bass with Decapitator]

Real gritty, real bitey. I’m going to blend it in. Then I throw an EQ on it. Cambridge right after it. Similar settings to what we saw in the first bass track.

[bass with EQ]

Just kind of helps tame it a little more.

[bass with EQ]

A little room verb.

[bass with reverb]

Then we blend it with the original bass track.

[bass with duplicate]

So we get all the low, fluffiness from the first one, and all that grit and bite from the second.

[bass]

Then we take both of these tracks, we buss them to this bass group, and we get a little even more crazy. We bust out this sweet UBK-1 plug-in from Kush Audio.

[bass with UBK-1]

He’s got some really cool presets in here. I happen to start with this Dull Movement thing he’s got, then I kind of tweaked from there.

[bass]

First thing you have to do with this plug-in is always get the headroom. You want the ample light to come on about half as much as it is off.

[bass]

Once you set that up, then you can really get in and start playing.

[bass]

Got the splat compression setting.

[bass with splat compression]

Just adds a little more density front to back is kind of what I hear. It sounds really great, really musical. I love that plug-in. One of my favorite compressors.

And then we go to the Studer tape plug-in from Universal Audio.

[bass with Studer]

Which it’s a little loud. Let me match the volume a little bit.

[bass with Studer]

Just completely tightens up the bottom end. It kind of puts that sexy tape sheen on it.

[bass]

Using the GP-9 tape spool. We’re going 30 ips, +3 cal.

[bass]

Off the repo head, and we’re not really hitting it too hard.

[bass guitar]

And that’s it, guys. Let’s hear it in the track again.

[mix]

And that’s the track. Low end is always really tough. It’s the one that every struggles with. Everyone sucks at it. I still suck at it. I’m still learning things.

Try this parallel method with distortion. Maybe it helps you out, maybe it doesn’t. LA2As, Cambridge EQs, you don’t need these plug-ins. If you have plug-ins that do similar things, you can definitely make this happen in and out of Pro Tools with whatever you have. Even stock plug-ins.

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