Originally Posted by AsherPostman
I'm trying to figure out how Trap and Drum and Bass artists get kick and bass to mix so well without using sidechain. Their kicks have a nice punch, and yet the sub bass still manages to come through really clearly. I know it matters what kick sample you use, but there's got to be some trick to how you EQ it so that it doesn't screw up you sub every time it hits. Anyone have some advice for me?
My guess is that they are using side chain compression or some kind of volume automation. More than likely they are dialing in the parameters so that you don't get that obvious "pumping" effect. It is possible they might be using some kind of "side chain" EQ or filtering as well.
Usually part of what I do is to use a notch EQ on the bass to cut out the fundamental frequency of the kick. Also you can low cut the kick up until the point that it looses too much weight. You can even then automate this so when the bass isn't playing the kick can cover the lack of low end.
Also, make sure you are cutting the lows out of everything else that doesn't need it so you have plenty of headroom for that big kick and bass. And just as an aside, IMO a lot DnB doesn't acutally employ very bass-y kicks. Like you wouldn't want a huge boom-y 808 in DnB, more-so something that is punchy around 150hz.