Bass Sounds Muddy: Why and How To Fix it

 

In this post, I will share with you 4 surefire ways to fix your muddy bass frequencies issues, once and for all.

Bass Guitar

Bass Guitar

Muddy Bass Frequency or Boomy Low End

A boomy bass frequency is the most frequent mistake I hear all the time when I’m reviewing mixes from beginner mixers and amateur producers. Not properly representing the low frequency of your song, is an absolutely vital mistake that could ruin your chances of making a good first impression with a potential client, fan, and A&R. 

This problem can be easily avoided by proper use of:

  • Frequency Analyzer

  • Having a moderately tuned room 

  • Pair of headphones with accurate LF response

  • Using High Pass Filter on non- low frequency instruments 80hz- 120hz

Using Frequency Analyzer 

I habitually use an analyzer to check my octaves in the lower range frequency to ensure there are information in each necessary octaves.

Frequency Analyzer

Frequency Analyzer

Having a Tuned Room

An acoustically treated, tuned room is the common most downfall in a project and home studio environment. Knowing your room is key. Comprehending how your room responds to low-frequency range from 20Hz - 200Hz is absolutely crucial to achieving an appropriate low end. If you can’t hear it right, you can’t mix it right. 

Using a pair of headphones

Utilizing headphone is a cost-effective way of fixing your problematic room acoustics. I repeatedly use headphones to check the lower octaves. There are several headphones that I have used in my career and they come highly recommended by top mixing engineers in the business. My top 3 lists are Sennheiser HD650AKG K701Audio Technica ATH-M50x 

Using High Pass Filter on non- low frequency instruments

I’m pretty sure you have heard if before. Using high pass filter on non low frequency instruments. In the early internet age, this was the number 1 mixing tips circulating everywhere online. And like every trend, it got misused and abused…lol

So my two cents is, don’t over use it! Roll off around 80hz- 180hz

Sometimes, I use a low shelf EQ instead of a High pass filter.

High Pass Filter


To listen to mixes I have done using these techniques for my low frequencies, Listen here

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What methods do you use to fix muddy low frequencies? Comment below

More Resources:

How Loud Should Vocals Be in a Mix

Avoid Ruining Your Mix with Muddy Bass

Talk Bass

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