Hard-Hitting Mix: Recording Tight Guitar and Bass Tracks (Step 1/4)
This is a follow up video for “4 Steps to Make Mixes Hit Hard”. In this video I’m focusing entirely to the step one, which is recording hard-hitting and tight instrument tracks. It is the foundation for hard-hitting mix. Make sure you don’t miss this one, because it is essential for the outcome.
I’m using only budget gear and software. Both guitar and bass are plugged straight into the audio interface. You can easily do the same from the comfort of your home. Let’s go!
As you can see, I’m using 300€ guitar, 375€ bass and a budget audio interface together with two instrument plugins: Bias FX for guitars (around 50-60€) and GetGood Drums for drums (around 70-80€). You don’t really need any expensive gear to make great sounding music at home.
So what to concentrate on? Try to play as tightly as you possibly can. Don’t leave behind any mistakes, sloppy parts or timing issues. Make songs that you can actually play without pushing yourself to the limit.
Also try to pick sounds that already sound good before mixing. Avoid using too much gain (distortion) on guitars, as this will easily make them unclear and messy. You’ll notice mistakes and bad playing better with clear sound.
This is the first of the four videos that teach you how to make hard-hitting mixes at home.
Hopefully you found this video helpful. If there’s anything you want me to cover in the future videos let me know. Send me an email or leave a comment below. Ask if there’s anything unclear or if I left something out. Cheers!