a place for everything, and everything in its place
although the current world of 7 string and detuned guitars proves I'm in the minority, I'll always be a big believer in each instrument getting their own little slice of the frequency bandwidth to call home. the drums are percussive, NOT thunder of the gods; the bass is bass, not mid or treble (ever see anyone playing a Fender Jazz Treble?), and guitars get the mids / upper mids, and nothing down in the 40 to 160hz or so range. It may sound overly simplistic, but it worked nicely for the Beatles. (I'm sure EMI had rules that each instrument would live primarily in a certain frequency band; it can save so much time at the start of a mix.)
I've had good luck on the bass versus guitar battle for frequencies, but i'm a little less sure of myself when it comes to kick drum versus bass. Any simple suggestions for kick drum EQ to get a nice percussive thump that avoids conflict with the bass?
This is a tutorial for a specific EQ plugin (bass is handled early in the video), but the concept works with any decent parametric EQ, either hardware or plugin, and it is presented really well.
If you want to get fancy you can use a multiband compressor on the bass with the side-chain keyed to the kick, so every time the kick drum hits, the low-end of the bass guitar gets ducked a few dB for a hundred milliseconds or so.
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