We all know that bass is the most disrespected instrument in deathmetal. And it seems like the bass in many of this genre's recordings tend to get buried by the guitars, drums and vocals. We wanted to make sure that didn't happen to Jay's tracks, so we worked really hard on getting a sound that was only suitable for holding the bottom end down, but also strong enough to cut through in the mix.
The first thing done was center the bass tracks in the mix. This way it is heard across the whole spectrum and is right in the middle of the action. Second, we added what we like to call "clank" to the bass sound. This gives the bass an audible tone and feel that you can hear during specific parts of songs.
The final bass tone we achieved is one that we are really happy with and feel will cut through and be heard on the album.
Jay finished his tracks late last night and we began to move into setting up our guitar tones. We made a quick recording of some tones we think we may like and now we'll sit on them for a day and see if they are right. Back to the studio Thursday night to finalize the guitar sounds and start tracking them.
Here's Jay laying down some bass. Sound quality isn't the greatest, but you get the idea...