Multiband Distortion And Saturation On Bass

If you make bass music, you’ll have heard how multiband processing, multiband distortion and frequency splitting are all the rage these days.

However, distortion is an additive process and even if you split your frequency bands, distortion will add all kinds of new harmonics and artefacts to your sounds. This can be a hard thing to control when you are trying to make your bass sound well balanced in terms of the EQ across the frequency spectrum. There is a simple but very effective work-around though, which you can check out in this tutorial.

This is another video from the 52 part course on Mixing Bass Music and EDM. Check the course out if you need help with your mixdowns. I’m positive you’ll discover a ton of new tricks to put up your sleeve to achieve some killer mixdowns after you’ve been through the material in the course.

In the interview I did with MakO, he shows how he uses the drive knob on Schaak Audio’s Transient Shaper on almost every sound in his songs, to get the sound appearing to sound larger while also reducing the overall level of it. The drive knob on the Transient Shaper plugin is actually an example of saturation. Saturation is a form of mild distortion, but it has one key characteristic that is different to distortion, which is explained in this tutorial. You can combine distortion with saturation to get a better sounding bass with certain bass sounds.