but I just can't quite get it to sit in the mix correctly. On my bass channel strip, I'm using EQ, moderate compression, Waves Lo-Air and then a limiter. For some reason the lower notes are really subdued and the higher notes are too resonant, and it becomes severely detuned when a different top synth kicks in. I've made sure that there are no competing freqs with the bass (high passed everything else) and have messed around extensively with every parameter... but I just can't get it to work!! Any tips from someone familiar with this style? Thanks!
I know of this problem, man. It's just how these basses work. The ones above 100Hz are going to seem like they are poking out more then the lower ones. Don't worry about it. There are still a number of things you can do, tho.
1) Use a bell curve EQ with a medium bandwidth to cut out the area in which the upper notes play around (maybe around 1.5 or 2 dBs) while simultaneously boosting the subs with a low-shelf.
2) Use a saturation/subtle distortion/overdrive plugin to help the lower notes to be heard. You can either use a send (much better results IMO) or a plugin with a dry/wet knob. I prefer to be subtle here, but that's just like my opinion, man.
3) Still not sounding how you'd like it? Try using multi-band compression to compress the upper notes a bit. Again, subtly is key here.
4) If it's STILL not sounding good enough (I doubt it), you can try compressing the entire thing a bit (preferably with a very transparent compressor). If that is still not cutting it, try automating the sub bass notes individually. I'd think that would be a pain in the ass, and I actually have never done anything like that (pain in the ass), but I'm thinking it could work.