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Power App – MOTU Digital Performer 7

By CRAIG ANDERTON | March 15, 2012

OBJECTIVE
Narrow the bass range to mono, while the rest of a mix’s stereo imaging remains intact.
 
 
BACKGROUND
Stereo mixes generally center the bass frequencies, which are nondirectional. Also, centered bass is essential when mastering for vinyl. However, some bass parts (like synth bass) may be in stereo, and low frequencies of instruments panned left or right may not be centered—but we can fix that.
 
 
TIPS
Step 5: You may need to reduce the low band fader a bit, as narrowing to mono can cause a center buildup.

Step 5: Once everything’s adjusted as desired, go to the Audio menu. Use Bounce to Disk to bounce the two files into a stereo file suitable for playback or subsequent mastering.

 
 

Step 1 Import the stereo mix into a DP stereo track, and insert the MasterWorks Compressor. To defeat compression, set each band’s threshold to 0 and ratio to 1:00. The MasterWorks Compressor now serves as a frequency crossover.









 

Step 2 Solo the low band, and set the low/mid crossover frequency between about 100 and 200Hz to isolate the bass.








 
 

Step 3 Click on the Sequence tab, then duplicate the track.










 
 

Step 4 Open the MasterWorks Compressor in the duplicated track, solo the mid band, and set the mid/ high crossover point as high as possible (all the way to the right).









 

Step 5 Insert the Trim processor after the MasterWorks Compressor in the bass band, then center both Trim panpots. The bass range is now centered.











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