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.