How do I get that thundering bass effect?

Discussion in 'rec.audio.pro' started by Trevor, Sep 1, 2003.

  1. Trevor

    Trevor Guest

    Hello Everyone,

    I'm trying to get that thundering bass effect that you can hear on
    albums by Evanescence and Chevelle. Anyone know how they do that? The
    context of use is more like that of Chevelle's (ie. on the kick drum
    hit). Should I record a separate sample, MaxxBass the sh*t out of it
    and paste it where needed?

    Thanks,

    Trevor
  2. Mike Rivers

    Mike Rivers Guest

    In article <p396lv8ptc50m50ltmhasi9avhf5bam3u5@4ax.com> tbor@canada.com writes:

    > context of use is more like that of Chevelle's (ie. on the kick drum
    > hit). Should I record a separate sample, MaxxBass the sh*t out of it
    > and paste it where needed?


    How about finding a kick drum sample that has the sound you want and
    use it in place of whatever you have now? Maybe even make a sample
    from the recording you're trying to sound like, if you're into that.

    Bear in mind, though, that there's only so much room, both vertically
    (amplitude) and horizontally (time), in the spectrum. If you're going
    to use a thundering sound that's loud and sustains for a long time,
    you'll need to cut out something else in your mix to make room for it.

    Just piling on thundering sounds makes a mess, not a thundering mix.




    --
    I'm really Mike Rivers - (mrivers@d-and-d.com)
  3. Raymond

    Raymond Guest

    >In article <p396lv8ptc50m50ltmhasi9avhf5bam3u5@4ax.com> tbor@canada.com
    >writes:


    >> context of use is more like that of Chevelle's (ie. on the kick drum
    >> hit). Should I record a separate sample, MaxxBass the sh*t out of it

    > and paste it where needed?


    Try a 40Htz sign wave when the kick comes in, your on a daw just add it on a
    difrent track.
  4. Fletcher

    Fletcher Guest

    Trevor wrote:

    > Hello Everyone,
    >
    > I'm trying to get that thundering bass effect that you can hear on
    > albums by Evanescence and Chevelle. Anyone know how they do that? The
    > context of use is more like that of Chevelle's (ie. on the kick drum
    > hit). Should I record a separate sample, MaxxBass the sh*t out of it
    > and paste it where needed?


    I'm unfamiliar with "Evanescence and Chevelle"... but "thundering" bass
    can often be achieved with a bit of a short [usually plate or 'plate
    like'] reverb on the bass [or bass patch]. As for hyper bottom on a kik
    drum... that can be achieved in a few ways... one way might be with the
    use of something like a DBX-120 'subharmonic synthesizer' another way
    would be to find a very deep, lush, bass patch on something like a
    'MiniMoog™' play it along with the song... then put a gate over the sound
    that is keyed off the kik drum.

    Best of luck with it.
    --
    Fletcher
    Mercenary Audio
    TEL: 508-543-0069
    FAX: 508-543-9670
    http://www.mercenary.com
    "this is not a problem"
  5. For kick, refer back to the group for miking a kick with something like a
    10" speaker, or look up Yamaha's new kick miking drum shell, discussed here
    somewhat about a month ago. Earl Musick, a previous participant here, used
    a midi replacement kick that was a marching band bass drum on one of his
    songs on RAP CD in Blue, I believe. Very believable, but he also detuned it
    an octave, which really when "boom". Not something I've tried myself yet
    (shit, a set of midi triggers isn't all that expensive), but certainly he
    perked up my ears with it.

    Fletcher's suggestion of a bass synth is a good idea, too. And some of it
    is simply the bass/amp combination. I'm listening to a CD I did about 7
    years ago now, on a 1/2" 8 track tape and the bass is really kicking. It's
    an Alembic Model One (Stanley Clark model). It has oodles of bass whereas
    my Precision has only a really dark tone if I try to get that much bass out
    of it. The Jazz bass simply doesn't even have that (both are real Fender
    basses, btw). Perhaps it's the active electronics, as I've had a P bass
    with active electronics that really kicked butt in the low end without
    sacrificing anything too.

    And then again, maybe it's just the player. That's something not to be
    overlooked.

    --


    Roger W. Norman
    SirMusic Studio
    Purchase your copy of the Fifth of RAP CD set at www.recaudiopro.net.
    See how far $20 really goes.




    "Trevor" <tbor@canada.com> wrote in message
    news:p396lv8ptc50m50ltmhasi9avhf5bam3u5@4ax.com...
    > Hello Everyone,
    >
    > I'm trying to get that thundering bass effect that you can hear on
    > albums by Evanescence and Chevelle. Anyone know how they do that? The
    > context of use is more like that of Chevelle's (ie. on the kick drum
    > hit). Should I record a separate sample, MaxxBass the sh*t out of it
    > and paste it where needed?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Trevor

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