Furious Stylez Producer Tipz 001: Three-Piece Sub Bass Processing Technique:

May 26, 2016

Furious Stylez Producer Concepts & Theory 001


Three Piece Sub Bass Processing Technique:


Prologue: This technique will help all of you out there who are   struggling to   figure out how to get the   Sub Bass &  808's to really shine through   in your mix. In this discussion   I will be addressing some of the   techniques I use   when dealing with the   low end of my   mixes.  My goal  is to help others achieve the   confidence they are seeking  when dealing with some pretty technical questions that arise in the studio, 


1) First   we need to   sidechain our   Sub Bass to our Kick. The Kick and Bass need to have a great relationship with one another in order to achieve a solid mix. NOTE: I will not be addressing sidechain in this technique as I assume all of you may have a general idea of how sidechaining works and if you don't feel free to ask me any questions. Next, apply a compressor of your choosing (or LFO Tool, Nicky Romero's KICK etc) works very well. Apply this to the Sub Bass or 808 channel. Choose whichever works Best for you. This will be tied to your kick.


2) Add an Eq after the   sidechain  compressor  and apply a  high pass filter cutting at around 30hz or   eq via the  correct frequency of your track the choice is solely up to  you. Remember to be   Key Conscious when  writing in your   Sub Bass or 808's. Add a  Low Pass Filter and cut around to about   1Khz. IMPORTANT NOTE:  You "CAN"  find areas  in the   500hz-1Khz region  of your Sub Bass or 808's to bring out   unique higher frequencies..   Character Tones are what I like to refer to them as.


3) Create a   Sub Bass BUS  and apply an  Overdrive Plugin onto the bus. i.e.  Ohm Force  Ohmicide,  IK Multimedia  Amplitube 4,  iZotope's Ozone  Exciter, PSP  Vintage  Warmer 2, D16  Group   Decimort  2,  Universal Audio  UAD  Thermionic Culture Vulture   or  Ableton Lives  very own  Overdrive. Make  sure  to  compensate  the   Gain  accordingly  i.e.   match levels  after you apply  desired  Drive  amount. When  it comes  to dealing with  the Tone  we want  it to affect  right around  250 - 500Hz. 


4) Place an   Eq  after the  Overdrive  Plugin  of your choosing   before the  Overdrive Plugin and  cut all of the   low  end   frequencies  on the  BUS (anywhere  from  100 - 300hz  should work perfectly). I like KushAudio's UBK-1 or Fxpansion Maul's  the best. 


5) Create a secondary BUS for the Sub Bass or 808 and apply a Distortion Plugin of your choosing onto this channel. Also place an Eq after the distortion plugin of your choosing and cut off all of the lows on the BUS (anywhere from 100-300hz should work perfectly). 


6) Next,  create your  third  and  final   Sub  Bass  BUS  and add  a  Bitcrusher  or a  plugin  of your  choosing (or  you can  use  Ableton  Lives  own  Redux  plugin). The  idea  behind the  Bitcruser  technique  is  that  it  will  add  some nice  Air  to the  overall  quality  of the  Sub Bas  or  808  that you  selected.  Keep  the  Bitcrushers  resolution  anywhere  from  13  - 16 bit  sampling. NOTE: You won't  need to  apply  any  Downsampling.


7) Lastly,   apply  a  #TapeSaturator  of your  choosing  onto  the  actual  Sub  Bass  channel  itself. NOTE:  We only  want to  Saturate  the low - mids  and  or  high  mids. You DO  NOT  want to  saturate  the entire  frequencies  of the  Sub  Bass  or  808. My favorite  saturation  plugin  to use  to  achieve this   is  FabFilter's  #Saturn  plugin  but any  tape saturator  of your  choosing will do. NOTE II: Apply  50 / 50  Mix / Dry  of the  plugin  as not to  oversaturate  the  Sub  Bass Channel. In other words  apply  #ParallelSaturation


#FinalNote:  You  DO  NOT  have to  apply  all three  techniques  to  your  Sub  Bass. These are  the  3  most  effective  techniques  that  I  have  come across  and  use  that really  bring  out  the  808  or  Sub  Basses in a  track. This technique  allows  the  Sub  Bass  or  808  to really  stick  out   on  all  media  devices, whether it be  Headphones,  Laptop  Speakers,  Car  Audio  etc.  Pair  these  techniques  with  some  nice eqing  and  you  should  end up  with an  amazing  808  or  Sub  Bass in your mix. #happyproducing :D



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