Hi folks !
I plan to record a bass cover of a song I like, and I need to remove the original bass line to replace it by mine. To put it in a nutshell, I’m creating a backing track from an album track. Of course, as I only have the final mix, it can’t be a real 100% removal. The idea is to drop drastically the main bass guitar frequencies, so I will have some room to hopefully place neatly my bass line into the mix.
I’ve already done that, so I’m not really asking how to do (but if you have a better way than mine, please share !) : I just wanted to share with you some EQ settings that do the job pretty well, hopping it could help you do some bass covers of your favourite songs.
I’m using Reaper and the ReaEQ 1-band parametric EQ (negative band-pass = notch filter), but you can easily copy the same settings on any sequencer.
By the way you will see on the screenshot that I use an automation to apply the notch filter only when the bass is playing, so the track remains unaffected (exactly like on the album) when the bass doesn’t play. it sounds way more natural than applying the filter on the full track.
I hope it helps so here are the settings :