Synth Bass Tutorial: What To Boost And Cut

This week’s tutorial is another exciting installment in our “Fundamental Series”. The fundamental frequencies of a synth bass. Understanding these fundamental frequencies can be a key factor in bettering your engineer skills.

Like bass guitars, synth bass can be a key component in music. They give the music movement & a sense of root/chord structure. Figuring out the frequencies with this instrument can be a challenge, especially when getting the bass to agree with other instruments.

In this video, we discuss a detailed analysis of the fundamental frequencies of a synth bass. We will talk about & demonstrate what specific boosted frequencies will help a synth bass have that extra bump without resonance frequencies building up. We discuss the high-mid frequencies that can help a synth bass cut through on most speakers. We also take a look at different frequencies that should be cut to avoid muddiness & overcrowding throughout your mix.

As with any aspect of music, the type of synth bass & song vary with frequencies; however, these key elements will point you in the right direction of a powerful sounding synth bass. Your listeners & fans will enjoy the shake & bump these techniques bring to your synth bass without creating a muddy sounding mix.

Follow along as professional engineer Eric “Realistic” Michael gives you a step-by-step guide on choosing the right frequencies to boost & cut for a synth bass.


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Realistic is a Music Producer and Engineer located in the Twin Cities. He started out playing guitar and piano in 2003 and has been producing and recording music since 2004. He produces Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, & Dance music.


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