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Old 18-12-2012, 11:29 PM   #1
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Call and Response mixing

I'm currently working on a dub step styled tune that is utilising 'call and response' style bass lines, where a main bass line is interweaving with other glitchy noises at different beats in the bar and these are all on seperate tracks. I'm happy with the sounds im using but not how they sound.

Would anyone have any advice as to how to help these tracks interweave and mix to sound as if they're gelling? I've tried keeping all volumes relatively similar and nothing to in your face or contrasting, but I was wondering if anyone had any neat tricks or tips to helping the sounds flow?

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Old 18-12-2012, 11:32 PM   #2
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Re: Call and Response mixing

you're using ableton live right? group the tracks together and use some mild compression on the "group" track to glue them together more
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Old 19-12-2012, 03:41 AM   #3
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Re: Call and Response mixing

I agree, the best way to "Gel" is always compression on group tracks. I know this is not the same genre at all but I heard this song on the radio the other day and I was like damn you can hear some heavy compression on this track used to balance billy corgans voice with the guitar, drums, and bass. Perfect example of gelling
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Old 19-12-2012, 05:08 AM   #4
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Re: Call and Response mixing

You could try multi-band compression on the bass bus. It'll keep certain frequencies from poking out too much.

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Old 19-12-2012, 05:26 AM   #5
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Re: Call and Response mixing

If you're willing to put down a little cash, Sausage Fattener is an awesome plugin. I feel like I'm cheating when I use it because its so simple and so handy. Obviously there are other ways to get the same effect but its a quick and easy solution.
You might also want to try a bit of distortion on the bus, I've had some luck with that, really short delays can work well too.
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Old 19-12-2012, 06:56 AM   #6
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Re: Call and Response mixing

Call and response would suggest the sounds are mostly playing one at a time?

Group + effects. Not just compression, but overdrive, reverb, cab sim etc.

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