Review: Waves BassRider

Mixing bass can be a struggle, especially when slapping a standard compressor on the track doesn't even things out. Darren Burgos tests out BassRider as an alternative to manually riding faders.  

Keeping consistent bass volume levels has always been vital to achieving a great mix. There's only so much a standard compressor can do though. A single band compressor responds to everything being sent into it; even string noise and artifacts. A common practice amongst engineers and producers is to literally 'ride the volume fader.'

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


Note: Since version 9, Waves now use their own Waves License Center software for Mac and PC, so an iLok is no longer necessary.
Thanks for the great article, I love this plugin and have been using it a lot in my work. I've mainly been flipping through the presets till I found a sound I wanted and tweaked it a little. I never fully understood exactly what each parameter was effecting I just tweaked until it sounded good. This article clarified a lot my questions so thanks, I should be able to find the sound I want much faster now.
Thinking about picking this up. Would you say that it's more suited towards compensating for a real bass player, or does it work as effectively for electronic music, specifically with regards to Drum n Bass and the handling of sub/synth bass sounds?
Darren Burgos
I definitely use it on electronic/virtual bass when I'm mixing for clients, or on my own tracks. When I'm mixing my own tracks in logic, I can even out the bass level by adjusting the MIDI note velocities for sure, but sometimes certain instruments resonate unpredictably when played on different notes. For example I'll be playing the root key bass, then I'll drop to a lower note, (same general velocity), and the bass seems louder and more inconsistent ...this is when I break out BassRider. This can sometimes happen if the space you're in is not perfect (who's is?), so make sure it really is happening by listening on headphones.

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