Anyone have any tricks for this? I was using Ola's trick for doubling up and using one track to add a bit of dirt to the bass tone but i find my bass sound is passable at best and really only adds a bit of low end rumble to my mix that i cant get with a guitar.
I'm using the axe fx 2 for my tone and I've tried Kostein's patches and i just don't seem to get the 'bigness' I'm looking for.
Bass is an Ibanez SR505.
Anyone got any tricks worth knowing?
I don't think the bass tone alone should be an indicator of a good sound in a mix. The bass frequencies can be the hardest to get to play nice with each other when you bring multiple instruments into it. Shaping the tone with EQ to let the bass guitar breathe around the bass drum is key to a powerful mix. If done right it can bring a mix to life.
I keep these as notes for a starting reference:
Add a high pass of 100 - 140 to everything except bass guitar and kick drum
Bass guitar - Cut 60 - 80, boost 120 - 150 and boost 900
Kick Drum - Boost 60 - 80, cut 150 - 400 and boost 3000 (Shape the tone with other EQ first)
You could just do this and you should see a noticeable difference in your mix but these rules are open to interpretation. Try and think abstractly about frequencies and see them as trying to fit puzzle pieces together rather than layering them on top of one another. It's not much of a problem with higher frequencies but the lower ones hate each other so have to be fenced off from one another to a certain degree. Basically, whatever frequencies you subtract from the bass guitar, add them to the bass drum and vice versa. The notes I gave you are supposed to be the best frequencies to cut and boost without losing the characteristics you are looking for in both of them.