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Making the Mix with Matty Amendola – Part 3 of 5: Bass

We’re going to move on to bass now. As I mentioned earlier, the song kind of had this Beatles undertone that I wanted to play up on, so I used an Epiphone by Lind Bass that I’ve modified throughout the years to feel a little bit more like a Hofner.

Recorded that through an Ampeg with a Telefunken M82, directly into the UA LA-610 where we EQ’d it a little bit and squashed it pretty heavily with some of that LA-2A styled compression, and then our DI was actually into the UA-710d, where we were able to squash it a little bit more with a faster attack compression.

So that way, we were able to kind of create this movement on the bass between the LA-2A style compresser and the 1176 style compressor.

There are two bass tracks on this song, which I will get to right now.


Okay, now I have several things going on on here. The amp is a little old and a little noisy. We threw a little X-Noise on there. One of the biggest reasons why I use Logic is for their I/O plug-in with all of this outboard and being a hybrid, I want to have all of my outboard as accessible as a plug-in, which Logic’s I/O plug-in allows me to do.

So as you can see, we’re putting this through a Distressor…


And the Distressor is giving it about 12dB of gain reduction. It’s a ten to one ratio, we’re in Opto mode, with some distortion on their filtering side.

So we’re squashing the bass pretty hard. Then from there, we’re using a little bit of a cool plug-in called “Bass Rider.” Let’s see what that’s doing.

[bass with Bass Rider]


Then we’re still smoothing that out just a little bit with another LA-2A, so we tracked it with an LA-2A, we’re throwing it through a Distressor, we’re using Bass Rider, and we’re throwing it through another compressor. I think the bass sounds fantastic.


I did mention we have two bass tracks on this song. In the verses, I wanted something really dynamic. Something that kind of reminded me of Arctic Monkeys in a sense, and just something that was a little bit — for lack of a cooler term, epic.

So, I grabbed a distortion pedal and drums, bass, and guitar now, the very basics of what we’ve gone over so far, this is what they sounded like together.

[drums, bass, guitar]

Okay, on that bass, because I have that huge kick drum going on, I wanted that to cut through and especially the sustain, I didn’t want the sustain of that bomb sounding kick to get lost, so for that, to tame that, I used a plug-in that I really like called Waves Factory Track Spacer.

You basically side-chain it to the track that you want it to cut or add to, so whenever the bass is hitting, it’s letting that kick drum come through by side-chaining that frequency out.

So you can see it on here…


And as you can see, we’re only using a 25% ratio, so we’re not abusing this in any way.

So yeah, that’s the basic guitars, bass, and drums.


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