“I’ll spend a lot of time riding certain [bass] notes up that seem to be getting lost, and notes down that are jumping out too much. This stage is mostly a matter of fine-tuning the automation, riding this up a bit, swoop something else, maybe have a part 3-4 dB louder when the chorus hits and then bring it down gradually. I’m playing around with things that I feel add to the drama and architecture of the mix.” - Andy Wallace (
Although Wallace uses compression, EQ and other tools to get an upfront sound, there’s a lot of focus on automation too. Many producers tend to skip automation as it’s time-consuming, but the rewards far outweigh the time invested; which is why you’ll find it’s a step that pro’s rarely skip.
A mixing console, whether it’s an analog desk or a window inside your DAW, is your instrument. Riding or automating the faders is where your creativity shines through as an engineer. This is the human element that gives an otherwise electronic process an organic infusion of personal touch.
It also plays a functional role in highlighting channels that might otherwise get lost in the mix. If there’s a guitar lick or tom fill that should shine through at a certain point to add value to the song, then the faders should increase during those moments.
13 hours ago
Morning Work View: Sitting here has made me realize all the crazy amount of work I had to put in to be able to enjoy this view, it was definitely worth it!
12 hours ago
Summer is still showing it’s Instagram faces lately, so we decided to give you some more summer tunes!
Many of you kept asking to recreate the bass sound of our Synthwave track ‚Good Intentions‘ and of course we are happy to show you how it’s done.
If you want to see all features, techniques and sounds we used on this song, then check out our full project file template of this track - available on our page link in STORIES!
Get a glance on not only the bass but all other instruments including the ready mixed vocals - which you can use for your remixes!
1 write octaves with 2 saw waves
2 4 voices for both OSC
3 add sub - 1
4 filter MG low 18
5 link to cutoff
6 lower first OSC - 1
7 lower second OSC - 2
8 turn up release
Also tune in tomorrow, since we got a little surprise for all of you!
A really cool artist will break down his new track, that he plays and loops live in his shows.
So stay tuned, cause we ain’t gettin any YoungR ;P
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