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specialbat
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fix muddy bass track

Post by specialbat » Fri Jan 29, 2021 4:39 pm

I have a track with just electric bass that sounds muddy (not an original recording). Is there any effect or combination of effects that would make it sound more crisp?
Thanks!

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Re: fix muddy bass track

Post by DVDdoug » Fri Jan 29, 2021 5:32 pm

Try experimenting with the Graphinc Equalizer. Mostly, you'll just have to experiment ( with the "preview"). But maybe start by cutting the frequencies below 40Hz as much as possible. The lowest note on a standard electric bass is about 40Hz and anything lower is noise/garbage.

You may also need to reduce some other low frequencies maybe between 40 & 100Hz but you probably don't want to kill them completely.

Then, try boosting around 2kHz. You'll probably have to boost a rather wide band (a few sliders or more), and you probably don't want to boost my more than 6-10 dB.

If that doesn't get what you want, try the optional Harmonic Enhancer Plug-in.

You could also try some Hard Clipping (distortion). That will give some "edge" or "bite" to the sound. ...Normally you want to avoid distortion with vocals and most instruments but it's super-common on electric guitar. Or, the Limiter effect can give you some dynamic compression without distortion. (There is also a Compressor effect but the limiter is easier to use and probably better in this application.)

Speaking of clipping... After doing anything that can boost the signal (like EQ) it's a good idea to run the Amplify or Normalize effect before exporting to prevent any unwanted/unexpected clipping. These effects will adjust the level up or down as needed to "maximize" the level or to prevent (additional/unwanted) clipping/distortion.

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Re: fix muddy bass track

Post by Trebor » Fri Jan 29, 2021 11:29 pm

There's a (free) app for that ... viewtopic.php?p=346275#p346275

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Re: fix muddy bass track

Post by specialbat » Mon Feb 01, 2021 5:53 pm

Thanks for the suggestions!
Equalization etc may have helped a bit but I was hoping for something dramatic, perhaps that is unrealistic.
I also tried boosting the 200-400 range, need to listen a bit more & see if an improvement
I can't find anything about that TSE BOD plugin? like where to get it

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Re: fix muddy bass track

Post by steve » Mon Feb 01, 2021 7:00 pm

specialbat wrote:
Mon Feb 01, 2021 5:53 pm
I also tried boosting the 200-400 range
That's usually the range that causes the bass range to sound muddy. Reducing that range usually helps a muddy mix to sound less muddy. If you cut too much it will start to sound "thin".

I assume that the recording is already mixed down to a single stereo track? (There's a lot more options if you have access to the pre-mixed multi-track).
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Re: fix muddy bass track

Post by specialbat » Mon Feb 01, 2021 9:45 pm

Yes this is a multi track recording with the bass on its own track alone

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Re: fix muddy bass track

Post by Trebor » Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:02 pm

specialbat wrote:
Mon Feb 01, 2021 5:53 pm
I can't find anything about that TSE BOD plugin? like where to get it ..
If you can't find/install TSE BOD plugin, try Audacity's built-in distortion effect ...

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https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/distortion.html

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Re: fix muddy bass track

Post by specialbat » Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:13 pm

Distortion had an interesting effect, will have to play with that

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Re: fix muddy bass track

Post by jademan » Wed Feb 03, 2021 1:15 pm

specialbat wrote:
Mon Feb 01, 2021 5:53 pm
I can't find anything about that TSE BOD plugin? like where to get it
This link is working for me: https://www.tseaudio.com/software/tseBOD

I hope this helps. :D

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Re: fix muddy bass track

Post by specialbat » Wed Feb 03, 2021 7:37 pm

TSE BOD looks like something for playing or recording bass live, not an audacity effect?
There is no documentation

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