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Equalizing Bass by Carl Harvey

“One of the problems when working with bass, especially when mixing on large room monitors, is that it does not translate to smaller speakers very well. I have discovered over the years, working with rhythm and blues and reggae, that a good way to approach equalization for bass is to start by rolling all the bottom off (from 100Hz. and lower), then use low midrange E.Q. to find the bass sound as close as possible to what you would like to hear. Then slowly dial back in the low frequencies (to taste). You will find that you now have a full bass sound that will not get lost on smaller speakers. Most of the punch in the bass sound comes from the lower midrange.”

Carl Harvey – producer of Messenjah, Leroy Sibbles and Sway.

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Andrew King is the Editor-in-Chief at Professional Sound. He is also a co-host of Canadian Musician Radio and NWC Webinars’ series of free music and entertainment industry webinars.
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