Does anyone have any tricks for an 808 or 909 sample?
The dude put zero bass guitar in this and has an low drone 808 jumping between a B and an F# in a 2 chord (Bm F#m) RnB track. There’s a snappy 808 that sounds more like a kick floating along with it.
The Guy said he wanted it to sound bigger. I tossed a multi-band expander on the sub harmonics and hit it with MaxxBass. Then he said it changed the vibe.
So I took them off, went back to the sample he had then tried to draw more length and punch out of it by saturating it with a Neve 1073, dipping the 500hz with a C6, then trimming the tail with a transient designer (Smack Attack). He said it preserved the groove but didn’t translate. So I bussed it through the UAD David Eden WT800 amp/cab sim and ramped up the midrange. Now he says it translates on small speakers but the mix falls apart when he cranks it in his car.
I can’t win for loosing with this one. And then goes ‘well, its cool…keep working on it. I understand…I know that mixing bass has never been your strong suit’. I sure as hell made me glad he paid me upfront ~SMH~
Post a response if you’re willing to take a listen, and I’ll toss it on a private thread than invite anyone to it who’s curious. But go ahead and comment on it here so it doesn’t blow up everyones inboxes.