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11:22 PM on 01/28/13 
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What's up guys? I was wondering if any of you guys had any advice as far as mixing bass guitar. I record stuff at home with not so great equipment on garageband, starting to try to mess with some mixing techniques but can't find much info on slappin' da bass mon. Any information helps! Thanks!
10:18 AM on 01/29/13 
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stop using garageband, the audio engine sucks and your mixes will never sound that good. otherwise just immerse yourself in everything related to frequency and EQ, you need to understand the whole sound stage and spectrum of frequency before you can really mix effectively. also use a line in and compression is your friend.
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stop using garageband, the audio engine sucks and your mixes will never sound that good. otherwise just immerse yourself in everything related to frequency and EQ, you need to understand the whole sound stage and spectrum of frequency before you can really mix effectively. also use a line in and compression is your friend.

Thanks for the response! Garageband is shit, I can never get the bass to stand out, but unfortunately its all we've got for now.
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Try boosting mids more than you'd think, and cut out the mud in the low mids. don't EQ the bass in solo either, do it while you're listening to the whole mix. It can also be really hard if you're not mixing in a treated room.
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Thanks for the response! Garageband is shit, I can never get the bass to stand out, but unfortunately its all we've got for now.

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Thanks for the help guys! Much appreciated.
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Try boosting mids more than you'd think, and cut out the mud in the low mids. don't EQ the bass in solo either, do it while you're listening to the whole mix. It can also be really hard if you're not mixing in a treated room.

Pretty much what you said. And try not to use headphones if you want a good bass sound, you don't get the same kind of response when you're working with headphones. If you are, make sure you A/B what you're doing with speakers you trust.
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Thanks for the help everyone. Do any of you ever use high or low pass filters on bass guitar? If so about where do you set them?
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Also, side chain compression with the kick drum helps for making a tight low end section where the kick doesnt get buried by the bass. If you aren't sure what that is, its just compression on a track that is triggered by a different tracks audio, in this case the kick. Easy to set up and as long as you don't over do it, its easy to not fuck up.
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What's up guys? I was wondering if any of you guys had any advice as far as mixing bass guitar. I record stuff at home with not so great equipment on garageband, starting to try to mess with some mixing techniques but can't find much info on slappin' da bass mon. Any information helps! Thanks!

It starts with tracking - not sure what you're using as far as interface or line in but ideally you'd want a Bass->DI Box->decent preamp->LIGHT compression->computer.

In mix, you apply a bit more compression. Running a high pass filter on either bass or the kick drum would probably help as well but each is going to sound a little different than the other, so try them out.

Generally speaking EQ is something you want to go light on - if you have to go heavy you're probably not getting the sound you want out of the bass in tracking. Pay careful attention to your tone. Good luck!
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