When I was mixing the Changes set , I noticed that I was struggling to get a solid bass sound. I was using my trusty Broomstick Bass, but when I put it through a VST plugin to try to add some amp character to the samples, (which were recorded DI), I seemed to be losing the low end. Surely not, I thought? Must be me – right? Wrong.
I hold with the axiom that you mix with your ears and not your eyes, but in this case, I was so frustrated by what I [wasn’t] hearing, that I put a metering plugin across the output to reassure myself it was my imagination. Only it wasn’t. The VST plugin in question, (Cubase’s own AmpSimulator), was effectively acting as if there was a High Pass Filter in line and was removing the low end of the signal. This sent me on a path to find VST plugins that would add the character I was looking for, without costing me that low end energy.