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Compressing Electric Bass - Pro Tools 9

Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: http://bit.ly/MMASurgeEp1 The goal with bass compression, as with compression of other instruments, is to make the instrument's levels stay consistent. They should not be overly hot, nor should they be too low. This way, when the bass is in the mix, there's no need to be constantly lowering and raising the fader. The track should sound natural and not squashed. Directions 1. To begin, open your electric bass track in a Pro Tools session. Solo it out and then play it, so that you can hear what you're working with. The track has already been EQ'd, but with compression, you can make it even punchier. 2. Select the default compressor plug-in insert, opening the compressor window. If you prefer, you can now select the Bass Guitar preset, but we recommend setting the compressor up manually instead. In this tutorial, the Bass Guitar preset squashes the bass. The GR level bar goes past the IN level bar, and generally, this should not be happening. To set the compression manually instead, start by adjusting the threshold to a higher decibel level, around -4.2 dB in this video. Play the track, watching for the highest and lowest consistent decibel levels. The highest is -6, and the lowest is -15, so set the threshold to -15.0 dB. 3. To make sure the bass isn't too punchy or agressive, set the knee to 10.2 dB.?With bass guitar, the ratio should not be set too high, so turn it to 3.0 : 1. 4. The goal is to make the GR level bar match the bounce of the IN level bar. This is not the case yet, so you'll need to change the attack. Speed it up to 272.7 us. Adjusting the release should also help with matching the bounce of the GR and IN level bars. The release can stay at its default, 80.0 ms. 5. Many people don't prefer to add gain, but it can be beneficial. Use it to match the maximum distance of the IN level bar with that of the GR level bar. In the video, the gain is changed to 5.2 dB. 6. Finally, compare the compressed track to the original by first playing the compressed version. Click Bypass to temporarily remove the compression, then click it once more to hear the compressed version again. There may still be some issues. If this is the case, you'll have to go back in the mixing process and change things you've already changed, such as the EQ. Mixing can be a long process, but in the end, you'll have a very nice final product. Read more by visiting our page at: http://www.mahalo.com/courses/learn-pro-tools-9-part-3/dynamic-processors/compress-the-electric-bass//
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