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Better bass in Logic Pro

Producing a mix with a great low-end isn’t just about EQ – it involves all kinds of creative approaches. Mark Cousins unlocks Logic Pro’s secret weapons for creating a truly earthshaking bass end to your mix…

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Perefecting the bass end of your mix can be one of the hardest parts of the mixing process, either resulting in a muddy, ill-defined low-end, or a mix that lacks the rock-solid foundation of a professional recording. Although it’s easy to think of one part of the sound spectrum being much the same as the other, the low end of the mix is a special case requiring a wholly different approach. Equally, there’s a lot more to shaping the bass end of your mix than EQ alone, with Logic Pro including many different creative options that go above and beyond what equalisation can offer.

LOW-END THEORY

Before we delve into the specifics, it’s worth taking time to consider the essentials of how the low end works in a good mix. First off, visualise your mix as having distinct and separate ‘layers’ of bass, with each part residing in a unique part of the sound spectrum. For example, a bass guitar might inhabit the lows and low mids around 100-200Hz, while an 808 kick extends down into the subsonic regions beneath 60Hz. Avoid over-populating each frequency area, and be ruthless about other instruments cutting into this prime real estate.

The second key point relates to perception of the stereo image and bass. Whereas our ears are very sensitive to the location of high-frequency sounds, they tend to be lacking when it comes to placing bass. The upshot of this ‘locational insensitivity’ is that a strong, centrally focused bass end will have far more impact than a low end that is unnecessarily divergent between the left and right speakers. In short, mono bass is good!

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