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Thread How to get a full bass sound

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1 How to get a full bass sound
Everyone always tells me compress, compress, compress but it doesn't help me get a nice full, present bass tone (like in lots of Sublime tracks that you'll hear)
2
I assume you're going DI? What's your recording chain?
3
Well compression can help but how do you use the compressor.
You can fatten your bass by parallel compression.
And offcourse there are more options like eq.

But like said before by our fellow board user what is your record chain?

It's not about what you got to use ....    but how you use what you got...

4
sorry I should've been clear, i like the fullness of sublime's bass but I'm actually producing EDM and trying to find a good kick/bass balance. Like, which frequencies should I be cutting or boosting for which tracks in order to get the kick and bass to stop interfering with each other? Or does a unique panning/automation strategy help in this case?
5
I would have a go at side-chain compression on the bass track.

Make a duplicate of your kick drum track, send the duplicate to a bus that isn't running through the master bus. Put a compressor on the bass track and set its side-chain input to be the bus that the kick is sent into. Then, adjust your threshold as you wish.

Basically, this makes the bass make room for the kick drum every time it hits, and does an amazing job of highlighting both the kick and the bass
6
See above and use the eq to prevent frequency overlapping of the kick and bass

It's not about what you got to use ....    but how you use what you got...