PARALLEL COMPRESSION TUTORIAL FOR BASS
Parallel Compression on bass channel is very useful method to know.
As on parallel processing on whatever instrument, it is same for the bass, the signal is sent to a Aux channel with heavy compression on it, and additive EQ on the low end and high end.
I want to give you one advice: Always send the bass channel to the same parallel chain where you have send the drums. You may ask why?
Because the bass and the drums (especially the kick) must play together as one instrument. The parallel method will help to glue them even better.
Have in mind that when you are compressing low end elements, release mustn’t be faster than 60-80ms, otherwise distortion may occur.
The bass must be thick, present, always audible. I want to hear the base right above my forehead, to heat me boldly. In busy mixes where we have a lot of low end elements, the base will be more like fondation than the element that brings the groove.
Have in mind always, that the base is more groovy, rhythmical instrument that is always glued with the rhythmical section then it is melodic. The movement in the beat or arrangement comes from the base.
This method by sending the bass channel to the parallel chain where the drums are sent, will help a lot in gluing together kick and the bass, and we don’t have to add too much on the low end just to have more base, because it is not a color problem it is dynamics problem.
And if it is dynamic problem, dynamic processing is needed. I am always using this method in my mixes and the results concerning the stability and thickness in the mix are awesome.
Try this method, do not change the beautiful tone of the instrument just because the only way you know is EQ and standard compression.
I am recommending this method,
Advance, Experiment & Survive!!!