By Bobby Owsinski • February 28, 2014 This article is provided by Bobby Owsinski. Getting the low end of the mix is one of the most difficult things in mixing in that if you don’t get it right, you may lose the power of the mix, make the mix too muddy, or cover up either the kick or the bass. The idea is to hear both the kick and the bass and have them work together so you can feel the pulse of the song. Here’s an “Into the Lair” segment video from mix master Dave Pensado as he explains how to control the low end of the mix. If you’re hip to Pensado’s Place, you know that Dave is all about sharing what he knows and what his guests know in order to help you improve your mixing and your music. Having known Dave for a long time, I can tell you that he’s a southern gentleman who’s exactly the same in real life as he is on his show: genuine, true, passionate and insightful, and all that comes across in this video. Here Dave demonstrates many of the techniques that are covered in The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook (here’s an excerpt from his interview in the book), such as: 1. Using a high-pass filter to attenuate some unwanted frequencies that can cloud up a mix. 2. Add both girth and clarity to each instrument. 3. Finding space in the frequency spectrum for both instruments to live so neither covers the other up. 4. Using the compressor to bring out the punch and low end of the instrument by controlling its attack and release. Check it out. Bobby Owsinski is an author, producer, music industry veteran and technical consultant who has written numerous books covering all aspects of audio recording. Get The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook here. About Bobby Bobby Owsinski Music Industry Veteran and Technical Consultant Bobby Owsinski is an author, producer, music industry veteran and technical consultant who has written numerous books covering all aspects of audio recording. To read more from Bobby, and to acquire copies of his outstanding books such as The Recording Engineer’s Handbook, be sure to check out his website at www.bobbyowsinski.com. http://www.bobbyowsinski.com/ Comments Have something to say about this PSW content? Leave a comment! Cancel reply Scroll past the ”Post Comment” button below to view any existing comments. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Tagged with: Bobby Owsinski Engineer Mixing Recording Techniques · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. Stay up-to-date, get the latest pro audio news, products and resources each month with Live Sound.