How to EQ your Bassline and Kicks Properly

Need help seperating your kick and bass lines on your tracks? This basic tutorial gives you guidance on how to find greater clarity in your music. An internetdj exclusive.

Posted by Michael Bordash on Tue Apr 6, 2004

This tutorial uses FLStudio (FruityLoops) as the base software, however, the concepts can be applied similarly to any sequencer or studio equipment. Many of the problems encountered when producing tracks lie in the clarity of the beats and the basslines. An important question to keep in mind: how do I seperate my kick and bass when they are both on the low-end? Seperating these sounds allows for greater clarity and a more professional sounding track.

For DnB, the bassline is much more on the low-end than the kick, Therefore, we have to set this in our mixer. First, punch the kick to one channel in the mixer (please be sure to mark that channel "kick" to avoid confusion). Then, apply a "BassBoost" to the kick channel and set the frequency to be in between 60Hz and 80Hz.

Next, set the parametric eq on the kick channel as follows:
1) Set EQ Band 1 Level to -18db
2) Set EQ Band 1 Freq to 10 Hz

Our kick channel eq should then have a very slight dip in the 'left' hand side of the eq. This allows for our bassline to 'cover' that portion while still 'kicking' it out in the other frequency. Next, punch the bassline to a different channel (be sure to mark channel this as bass). The, apply a "BassBoost" to that channel and set the frequency to be in between 75 and 95 Hz.

For the parametric eq, it is advised that the response be 'flat', but we are allowed to tweak it in accordance to our sound (which is very important). Now this should seperate your bass and kick, however, nothing beats good ol' fashioned monitoring (again and again), and the tweaking of our freq and eq accordingly to taste.

For Dance music, it is almost the exact opposite because we want the kick to be more on the low-end than the bass. As such, the attributes applied to the kick in the above example should be applied to the bassline and vice versa.

I hope this is useful! Keep making quality choonz idj's!! - DJ cLArt

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