Electro is the SF of music !
Right! If you're making that 'perfect' bass sound and can't get it perfect because it sounds way to 'muddy' like you said (wooly maybe?) you should try and filter out some 160Hz. That'll take the mud out of it hehe
I'm working with Sonnox for like a week and I already can tell the difference, great sounding plugs. It's like they have the deepest respect for your wavs, <3 <3 so i have respect for them haha
1st of all, the secret is in the mixdown. no amount of mastering will fix a weak mix. Ideally, it should sound as if hardly any mastering is needed.
Check the EQ of everything, roll off anything below 40hz on everything (we can't hear this low and any signal down here may affect mastering compressors from working properly).
High-pass filter (or good EQ) on EVERYTHING that doesn't have bass - hats, snares, any synths, etc. This will free-up the low end for bass and kicks and keep your mix clearer.
Speaking of bass and kicks, use a spectrum analyzer to determine which frequencies they occupy. They shouldn't be fighting for the same space (eg both peaking at 80hz), if they do your mix will sound muddy and flat.
If you use a sub-bass, make sure your kick is peaking at about 100hz and doesn't have too much sub-bass.
If you think they are interfering with each other, consider using a compressor on your bass sidechained to the kick so it 'ducks' a bit when the kick hits - this free up breathing space i nyour low-end.
Also you mentioned you use a compressor on every bus - don't unless you absolutely think you need to. An over-compressed track will lose dynamics and may sound weak or just unpleasant.
And when you've got your mix sounding good, make sure you leave plenty of headroom (3dbs or so) when you render it out - this allows your mastering plugs to work properly.
BTW, I used to mix in headphones before I got my monitors - having studio-quality headphones helps, but generally it's impossible due to the extreme stereo field of 'phones and the way they re-produce bass.
However, that said, I found I could get MUCH better mixdowns using this plug-in:
Whack it on your master-out channel and it works wonders.
One bit of advice I would add is to give your ears a rest! I never try to master a track on the day i`ve made it, leave it until the next day or later and you will find that you pick up on things that you hadn`t noticed whilst producing the track.
i got a question....
working on a track with amateur rap artists who recorded their vocals on their home computer systems without quality interfaces and mics...
the vocals they recorded sound a bit muffled and i also noticed that the frequency completely cuts off everything above 9kHz, so no amount of boosting or eqing seem to bring those frequencies back to make them sound lively. anybody got a workaround for something like that?
yes , do it again ...
selective eq'ing on wobble and distorted bass sounds i know about
if "surgery" were to be done with an eq it would be on those types of sounds. they can get a little too gritty sometimes. sometimes it can be unbearable so yea, having a tool to completely remove certain freqs can be extremely useful.