How to Make a Metal Bass Tone for Free (Logic Pro X)
The plugins used in this guide are exclusive to Logic Pro X but every DAW has similar plugins that can be used to achieve the same results. The principles are the same universally. It is also written with the expectation that the Bass DI being used is recorded between -12db and -9db. You can use a sampler in place of a DI and match the output volume previously mentioned.
If you want to use the preset I have created, you can download it here: DJC Music Producer Metal Bass Preset.patch
1. First create an Audio Track in your DAW. If you are using the preset this will already be set up for you with the EQ Match plugin inserted – You will need to “teach” the EQ Match the DI signal you are running into it and then match it against the EQ saved within the preset.
2. Next you will need to set up a bass amp emulator, we are using a model based on the Ampeg SVT just to convert the DI signal into something that sounds amplified. Match the settings of your amplifier to the ones shown below.
3. We are now going to split the signal across multiple busses so we have more control over the different frequency bands when distorting the bass tone. Route the DI channel to three Busses of your choosing like it is shown below.
4. Name the three busses “LOW DIST”, “MID DIST”, “HIGH DIST”, respectively and then route them to a Bus called “BASS SUM”.
5. Add an EQ insert on the LOW DIST Bus, followed by a compressor and then an overdrive plugin. The settings for these are shown below.
6. Add an EQ insert on the MID DIST Bus, followed by a Pedals plugin, then add the Exciter plugin. The settings for these are shown below.
7. Add an EQ insert on the HIGH DIST Bus, followed by a Distortion plugin. The settings for these are shown below.
8. On the BASS SUM Bus we shall now add the Graphic EQ plugin, followed by an Exciter and then a Compressor. The settings for these are shown below.
Following this guide will get you in the ballpark sound of the DEMO but there are a lot of variables to consider when trying to achieve this sound so being able to exactly replicate it is very unlikely. That being said, this guide will help you achieve a usable bass tone for your metal production which can be tweaked to taste.