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    To Alex Scott and anyone else who can help.

    I'm recording a bass track and I've been having trouble with the F on the D string. The part is relatively simple, but every time I record the part, the F on the D string sticks out badly. I've tried adjusting the tone knob. No success there. I've experimented with playing the F softer, with a little success, but the standing out remains an issue. I put a compressor on it to see if that would help. The compressor did helped quite a bit.

    BUT, I'm I missing something from a playing standpoint?

    I had this same problem on a tune I played with my friends, live. The upper strings really stick out.

    Thanks,
    Gamma

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    Quote Originally Posted by gammasign View Post
    To Alex Scott and anyone else who can help.

    I'm recording a bass track and I've been having trouble with the F on the D string. The part is relatively simple, but every time I record the part, the F on the D string sticks out badly. I've tried adjusting the tone knob. No success there. I've experimented with playing the F softer, with a little success, but the standing out remains an issue. I put a compressor on it to see if that would help. The compressor did helped quite a bit.

    BUT, I'm I missing something from a playing standpoint?

    I had this same problem on a tune I played with my friends, live. The upper strings really stick out.

    Thanks,
    Gamma
    Bass is a tricky thing. It's frequencies are towards the end of what humans can hear. Because of this, people tend to hear this spectrum (as well as very high) in different ways. The first thing I would do is have somebody else listen to what you're doing an get a second opinion. You can also check your dB level against the rest of your recording. It is possible that you are sensitive to that particular frequency, or also that something else in the mix is attenuating it.

    This is also where dynamic mixing becomes your friend. If you've got a few notes that are too quiet, or in this case are too loud in the mix, bring the level down and back up where you need to in order to get the dynamic where you want. Alternatively you can use that frequency attenuation to your advantage if the song needs a dynamic lift there.
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    Thanks Jason,

    The dynamic mixing really helped. My notes are pretty much even now in my recording. Awesome!!!

    Thanks again,
    Gamma

 

 

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