We all love them, and if he’s not there we sense a gap at the bottom end of our mix, but sometimes a bass player can disrupt things, especially if they are too loud.
The Bass Player
Bass provides the lower end of your mix and is often the most overlooked part of the music team. The Bass player rarely has solos and lacks the pizzaz and prominence of a lead guitarist. he lacks the romance of a piano or a saxophone, but if he is not playing, or not playing well, you can lose the entire mix!
And I would have to say that the “big bottom end” is one of my favourite things (it could be argued that my bottom end is bigger as a result of the lockdown, and the amount I have eaten!), but I love a great bass. I generally equalise the bass lower, and take some of the bottoms out of the kick drum, and this gives it a rumbly, deep sound.
However, the risk with a bass player, because bass notes are of a longer wavelength, is that overwhelm many of the other sounds in the mix. So controlling your bass player is going to essential if you want a pleasant mix, and if you want to avoid a hundred complaints about how loud the entire thing is!
So this week we are going to examine some sensible, subtle and excellent measures you can take to not only control your bass guitarist but to unleash their full potential.
Listen and learn how to encourage and get the very best from your bassist, who should be an integral part of your team and your worship sound…