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zebra2  ·  52 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: My boyfriend bought me a bass yesterday, so I made a jam.

The bassline is dope. The song is dope. The mixing is dope. Also, are you mastering your own tracks? How are you doing it?

Edit: also, what bass did you get?

flac  ·  52 days ago  ·  link  ·  

<3 I cheated, it's actually two basslines layered on top of eachother.

Thanks, I'm happy with the mix too - yeah, mastering my own stuff. I do it all with stock plugins in Reaper, my DAW of choice. I'll do a writeup of my process when I get home.

A Kramer bass, of the red persuasion. All I remember off the top of my head. Really happy with it, oodles of sustain.

zebra2  ·  51 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    I do it all with stock plugins in Reaper, my DAW of choice.

Awesome. I'm also using reaper. I'm totally unfamiliar with any of its mastering capabilities though. I tried submitting some stuff to LANDR to master. It clipped the crap out of the kick in one of the songs though. Looking for a better way.

flac  ·  51 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Sweet! On the off chance you haven't found it yet, I'm going to link this super helpful vlog.

All just a bunch of tips and tricks for Reaper. This in particular is great - basically helps you download a buttload of tasty JS plugins all at once.


As far as mastering is concerned, I typically start out with this FX chain and remove plugins as I see fit (I almost never use the EQ they include in this chain). I don't really care for the way they set up the multi-band compressor (the EQ feels wrong for a lot of songs), so I usually fiddle around with the settings until it sounds better. If you're just looking for "make this louder", all you really need is the limiter, though I would put on some light compression on the master track before you limit it.

PS, let me know if you ever want me to check out your mixes or give some help with Reaper - I'm far from a professional, but I am a second set of ears!

zebra2  ·  51 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Will do! I'll check out those links too. I'll also post some tracks for feedback for sure.