We're back with another review! Our dearest friends at "Mastering The Mix" have blessed us with a copy of one of their flagship products, the BASSROOM!
In today's modern music scene, it can be a very challenging task to get your low-end/bass right. Some EQ's can cause ringing & smearing and phase distortion which may end up in messing up the clarity of your audio and reduced quality. BASSROOM however, has declared war against these issues!
BASSROOM is a final mix and mastering EQ that helps beginners and pros nail their low-end in seconds. It does this by delivering exceptional sound quality and suggesting genre-specific EQ adjustments a great audio engineer in a world-class studio would make. It has filters designed for Low-end, minimal phase distortion and minimal transient distortion.
These 3 main sections help prevent your audio from unwanted phase changes and loss of punch in your kick drums and bass.
With BASSROOM, you can transparently shape your low-end with the way your track needs to be without loosing any low-end, with no compromise on clarity, retaining the punchline in your low-mids and create definition in your low-end.
With a variety of choices of EQ's in the market, we all know one thing for sure: They all look the same and work the same. BASSROOM however, has taken a different approach in this and came up with a whole new idea and presentation which is shown in the picture below:
Ordinary EQ's use a horizontal representation of the frequencies and a vertical representation of gain. BASSROOM has taken a rather unique approach and kept things more realistic like we experience sound in our day to day life. Louder sounds are more up front/closer and the quieter sounds are further away. In BASSROOM, frequencies are represented vertically and gain is represented by depth in the room itself (in the plugins interface).
We've used BASSROOM on some of our productions at Musician Life production crew and the result was very much of a W.T.*. moment for us! It has certainly effected the way we approached our final mix/master chains and helped us see how much more can our songs be fixed on the low-end by just using a very genius plugin!
Below is the official video of BASSROOM tutorial from our beloved friends at Mastering The Mix which is showing you all you need to know about the plugin itself and how to use it from inside out, left to right and right to left.
And here, we would like to let you know about some of the key features of BASSROOM:
Unparalleled EQ Quality
BASSROOM gives you unparalleled EQ quality when working with low-frequencies on your master channel. Other EQs can introduce transient ringing and smearing or phase distortion that reduces the quality and clarity of your audio.
BASSROOM has specifically designed filters that have minimal phase distortion AND minimal transient distortion providing greater transparency than standard linear-phase filters at low-frequencies. This means that the low-end is not affected by unwanted phase changes that can alter the timbre of your audio or by transient distortion that means you lose the bite from kicks or bass-lines.
For example, the plots below show the transient effects on a step function when applying a 6dB gain at 240Hz. Think of this as a simplified waveform of a kick drum. It's clear that the output of the filter in Plot 2 has an oscillation before and after the "hit". This is a "ringing" of the transient and can sound like a sucking effect. In Plot 3 BASSROOM’s EQ produces virtually no oscillation and so the transient is preserved.
Bottom Line: With BASSROOM, you can transparently shape your low-end without compromising the clarity of your mix or master. This translates into retaining punch in the low-mids, and definition in the low-end compared to other EQs. The result is a more natural, clear and defined sound.
Immersive 3D Room Display
Ordinary EQs use a horizontal representation of frequencies and vertical representation of gain. BASSROOM takes a unique approach and focuses more on how we experience audio in the real world. Louder sounds feel closer while quieter sounds feel further away and lower frequencies are associated with a ‘foundation’ whilst higher frequencies are perceived as ‘air. To reflect this, in BASSROOM frequencies are displayed vertically, and gain is represented by depth in the room.
When a band is on the central 0dB line in the middle of the room, there is no gain adjustment. Push frequency bands back in the room to decrease gain, and bring them forward to increase gain. The unique and intuitive UI helps you visualize how you’re adjusting the low-end of your song. This gives you a more immersive mixing experience, helping you connect more with your music.
EQ Targets You Can Trust
The targets on the walls of BASSROOM suggest the genre-specific EQ adjustments a great audio engineer in a world-class studio would make. We analysed the best mixes in various genres to give you EQ target presets you can trust.
This isn’t simple ‘slowed-down’ frequency matching. The targets are a result of a complex algorithm that accurately identifies how the human ear perceives low-frequencies relative to the balance of the whole mix. BASSROOM analyses your mix and displays a target in each frequency band to help you make informed mixing decisions sonically relevant to your audio.
Matching the bands to target suggestions results in a clear and defined low-end that’s well balanced in the context of the whole mix. Use the targets to get a great starting point, then adjust by ear to tweak your low-end to perfection.
BASSROOM uses complex algorithms that accurately identifies how the human ear perceives low-frequencies relative to the balance of the whole mix. For that reason it should be loaded on your master channel so it can analyse and be applied to your whole mix.
(BASSROOM can be inserted on mono or stereo channels, but it’s primary function is as a final mix and mastering EQ).
To get the most value from BASSROOM, start by selecting a preset that best suits the material you’re working on.
Alternatively, you can create your own target values by clicking the target icon in the bottom left corner and importing reference tracks. If you’re creating targets, we recommend clicking and dragging on the waveform to select the drop or chorus for the analysis, as this is usually the material with the best representation of the bass in the track. BASSROOM will create targets based on all the tracks loaded into the analysis window.
Now monitor a bass heavy section of your production (i.e. the drop or chorus), and you’ll see the targets move to the suggested EQ positions based on the tonal balance of your mix compared to the tonal balance of your preset. Use the targets to get a great starting point, then adjust by ear to tweak your low-end to perfection.
The algorithm accounts for differences in loudness, so the targets will be accurate and relevant whether you’re mixing or mastering.
The EQ adjustments may have changed the overall gain of your audio. If the gain has changed by more than 2dB the speaker icon will turn orange. Hover your mouse over the bypass icon to open the output gain and level match pointer. Match the gain slider to the level match pointer to match the perceived loudness of your audio before it passed through BASSROOM.
3D Room Display
Most EQs use a horizontal representation of frequencies and vertical representation of gain. BASSROOM takes a unique approach and focuses more on how we experience audio in the real world. Louder sounds feel closer while quieter sounds feel further away. Frequencies are displayed vertically, and gain is represented by depth in the room. When a band is on the central 0dB line in the middle of the room, there is no gain adjustment. Push frequency bands back in the room to decrease gain, and bring them forward to increase gain. The unique and intuitive UI helps you visualise how you’re adjusting the low-end of your song. This gives you a more immersive mixing experience, helping you connect more with your music.
The thicker Integrated Target shows the gain adjustment needed to match the tonal balance of your preset. The Integrated Target is based on the total accumulating audio of your track analysed by BASSROOM. The fainter Short-Term Target shows the gain adjustment needed to match the most recently played 3 seconds of your track to the tonal balance of your preset. Aiming for the Integrated Target gets the best results but it’s good to have both readings for a broader perspective. Click the target reset button to clear the analysis. The short-term target can be turned on in the settings. You can set the target calculations to analyze your audio pre or post EQ changes in the settings.
BASSROOM has 5 static frequency bands; 0-20Hz, 20-40Hz, 40-80Hz, 80-160Hz, and 160-320Hz.The gain adjustment readout is displayed in dB (decibels) at the top of the box. Click the readout to manually input the gain adjustment. Double click or Alt+Click the band to set it to 0dB.
Q Bandwidth Control
The Q Bandwidth control is located at the sides of each band and determines the range of frequencies affected. Drag the Q bandwidth control towards the center of the box for a thinner Q affecting a narrower range of frequencies. Drag the Q bandwidth control towards to sides of the box for a wider Q affecting a broader range of frequencies. There is no Q bandwidth control on the 0-20Hz band.
Solo & Gain Adjustment Bypass
Control + Click on any frequency band to solo that frequency band. Solo is useful when setting the Q bandwidth to get the perfect tone for your audio. Alt/Option + Click when you adjust the Q bandwidth to only solo the band whilst adjusting the Q bandwidth. Control + Option + Click to bypass the gain changes of a band to ensure positive progress.
The default display range is + - 4dB. The positive display range figure is shown at the base in the center of BASSROOM. The negative display range figure is shown at the back of the room. Click and hold the display range figure to change the range. (+-2dB / +-4dB / +-6dB).
Bypass, Output and Level Matching
The speaker icon in the top right corner will bypass BASSROOM when clicked. Hovering over the icon will also open the output slider. EQ adjustments in any plugin will most likely increase or decrease the volume of your audio. The output slider has a level match pointer to help you adjust the output gain to match the original perceived loudness of your audio before it passed through BASSROOM. If your EQ adjustments change the gain of your audio by more than 2dB the bypass icon will turn orange to prompt you to adjust the output gain. So, when you bypass BASSROOM by clicking the speaker icon, you can confidently determine whether your settings have a positive or negative impact on your sound.
Resizing The UI
Click and drag the bottom right corner of BASSROOM to resize the UI.
The BASSROOM presets can be found in the bottom left corner of the plugin. Find the genre or style that best matches the track you’re working on (i.e Pop - Electronic). Feel free to experiment with different presets to see which gives you the tonal balance targets best suited to your preference.
Create Your Own Targets
You can create your own target values by clicking the target icon in the bottom left corner and importing reference tracks. If you’re creating targets, we recommend clicking and dragging on the waveform to select the drop or chorus for the analysis, as this is usually the material with the best representation of the bass in the track. BASSROOM will create targets based on all the tracks loaded into the analysis window. You can analyse up to 20 tracks.
The transport bar below the waveform allows you to preview the audio of your selected reference track. You’ll need to enable input monitoring to audition tracks. Click + Drag to create and adjust loops. Alt + Click on a loop to delete it, Alt + Click outside a loop to delete all loops on that track.
Above, you've read and watched detailed information of BASSROOM. We would recommend you to make sure that you have the necessary system requirements on your pc/mac in order for you to run the plugin without any problems. For that reason, you can find the minimum system requirements for both Mac & PC below:
BASSROOM is available in VST, VST3, Audio Unit and AAX formats (64-bit and 32-bit).
MAC OSX Requirements
OS X 10.8 or higher. 64-bit AU, VST 2/3 or AAX host.
Windows 7, 8 or 10. 32-bit or 64-bit VST 2/3 or 64-bit AAX host.
And here is a detailed information part about how to install your plugin to your computer:
The BASSROOM installer will identify the bitness of your system and install accordingly. Be sure to install the plugin formats relevant to your DAW.
AU - Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Cubase, Garage Band, Presonus Studio One and more.VST & VST3 - Ableton, Ableton Live, Acid PRO, Cubase, Nuendo, FL Studio and more.AAX - Pro Tools
Following successful installation, you will find BASSROOM in the designated third party plugin location in your DAW under ’Mastering The Mix’.
To uninstall BASSROOM on Windows: Go to Control Panel then Programs and Features and locate the BASSROOM program from the list. Double click and follow the on-screen instructions.
To uninstall BASSROOM (AU, VST 2 & 3) on Mac: Delete the file located at...
Macintosh HD / Library / Audio / Plug-Ins / Components or VST or VST3.
To uninstall BASSROOM (AAX) on Mac: Delete the file located at...
Macintosh HD / Library / Application Support / Avid / Audio / Plug-Ins AAX.
You may head over to Mastering The Mix official website via the link below and purchase your copy of BASSROOM for only £49.00 :
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