5 mixing tips and tricks for amazing bass!

Mixing low-end frequencies can be a challenging task, but with the right techniques and tools, you can achieve an amazing low-end in your mixes. Here are five of the best ways to do just that:


EQ, or equalization, is an essential tool for sculpting the low-end frequencies in your mix. By using a high-pass filter to remove unwanted low-frequency rumble (try anywhere from 40Hz to 60Hz!), then bell EQ to tighten up resonances across the low-mid frequencies, you can create a very punchy bass tone.

You can usually clear up the ringyness of a bass guitar between 160Hz to 180Hz, and clear away the muddiness with a broad sweep at around 250Hz.



Compression is critical when mixing bass, because it's all about having even energy output per note. The more even the notes are, the tighter and more coherent the bass sounds.

Compression is critical for helping control the dynamic range of bass, whether it be a real bass guitar or a synth bass.

The key lies in getting the settings right! We recommend you try an 1176-style FET compressor, with the attack fully open (set to the slowest setting), the release at fastest, and the ratio at 4:1.

This is a great starting point for all kinds of basses!


Saturation is a technique that adds warmth and thickness to the low-end. It can help the low-end cut through the mix and make it sound more powerful. There are many saturation plugins available that you can use to achieve this effect.

One such plug-in is SubMission Audio's DoubleTap, which not only features a two-stage compressor purpose dialed for bass guitar, but two saturation algorithms specifically designed to enhance the presence of bass in your mix.

With DoubleTap you can get the compression and saturation of your bass tracks out of the way in a few seconds!


Layering different sounds can add depth and complexity to the low-end. For example, you can layer a sub-bass with a bassline to create a rich, full-bodied sound.

Alternatively you can run your bass guitar through multiple amps and pedals, then combine the resulting tracks to create rich and unique midrange textures.

One unit we really love for this is Neural DSP's Darkglass Ultra - featuring immaculate emulations of Darkglass Electronics' B7K and Vintage Deluxe pedals.

Stereo imaging

Stereo imaging techniques, such as panning and Haas effect, can help give the low-end a sense of space in the mix. This can make the low-end sound more dynamic and add excitement to your music.

Tread carefully, however, as some people prefer mono bass - especially if they're expecting to hear it pressed on vinyl. Excessive stereo bass content can be very tricky for record players to reproduce.

To get the best of both worlds, consider sending your bass track to a high-passed stereo chorus (try 300Hz!). This way you can blend in as much stereo midrange content as you need in order to give the bass more presence and width in the mix, without muddying up the low-end.

By using a combination of EQ, compression, saturation, layering, and stereo imaging, you can create amazing low-end in your mixes. Experiment with different techniques and tools to find what works best for you and your music.

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