Better Kick and Bass Combos With Waves, Brainworx and WavesFactory

In this article Darren Burgos examines three third party plug-ins that use frequency ducking to attain a better sounding kick/bass combination. Waves, Brainworx and WaveFactory are in the lab.  

The first plug-in we'll look at is Waves C6, then onto Brainworx DynEQ, then onto a new and simple effect by WavesFactory called TrackSpacer.

Waves C6, Brainworx DynEQ and WavesFactory TrackSpacer

So most of us know how to sidechain a kick to a bass to get that classic dance pumping sound, but what about using the kick to duck the bass by a specified frequency? Or, reversing the actual frequency the kick takes up onto your bass, instead of just volume? For example, instead of lowering the bass volume overall when you feed a kick signal through a compressor, the kick frequencies can actually invert those same frequencies on your bass sound, or you can specify a frequency range to reduce. This technique, is called frequency ducking. I'll be using a kick and bass that are intentionally uncomplimentary.

Step 1: Listen to the un-effected original

Here's a sample of how they sound together without frequency ducking. Put your headphones on, or listen on your studio monitors. This lesson I'd consider 'deep listening,'

Darren started making music on computers when he was a teenager in 1987. His first computer was an Amiga, and when he realized the power of computer-based production, his addiction for making electronic music began. Darren switched to Mac in 1994 and started using Logic Pro. He's been involved in many music projects over the years incl... Read More


Hi Darren, thanks for this tutorial, one question is, I can't see the drop down menu in my C6? I see you have a larger GUI and more options. Using Live 9. What am I missing?
Darren Burgos
Hi Luke, the C6 "SC (SideChain)" version is the one you need. You should have both. That should do it!

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