Bass Extreme – Michael Hensen uses Ren Bass to enhance drum samples

Posted on: December 1, 2018, by :

DaHipHop Mix recently spent sometime talking with Producer and Artist Michael Hensen about what he uses to maximize, or get the most out of his percussion kits.   It was no surprise to find out that he uses a culmination of techniques. Specifically for bass enhancement and pushing your drums samples to the max he uses Waves Renaissance Bass the most.   Check out this article below to here more about his process.


Bass Extreme – Producer Michael Hensen uses Ren Bass to enhance drum samples

Well ever since the dawn of digital music creation, getting low end seems to sometimes be the hardest part in maintaining a well balanced but great sounding mix.  I remember logging on to websites like Garage Band, and Get Signed searching for answers.  Even later beat making websites like Modern Beats.com also had a way of making me want to step up my level of production.  That said, it wasn’t until I experimented with a few early plug-ins did I find a route to what i would like to hear in the low end.

I remember when waves had first came out with Maxx Bass and how revolutionary that was.  I loved what it did by adding low end harmonics to what seemed to be a starved lower frequency spectrum of my mixes.  However, soon after I had access to the R Series stuff from Waves, I found something that would make all the difference.

If you haven’t used Renaissance Bass before, its pretty strait forward.  The presents also are super helpful in that they pretty much explain the sonic characteristics that will be added.

Looking at the screenshot below, you can see the basic presents.  Something that is really cool that is now included, is access to Dave Pensado, Aron, Hedges and Hogarth plugin presets. Waves decided to ask these pro’s if it was ok to include some of there presets and now we all have access.  So when you have this little handy plug-in you now have some incite on how other mix engineers and producers are working with Ren Bass.


Referring to the screenshot once again, you can see the ease of use when dealing with bass enhancement.  The left side has a little light indicator that toggles In/Out (which I believe used to be ARC, or Analog simulation) – I could be wrong, but its pretty self explanatory now.   Left meter is the orginal bass signal.  The slider to the right is the intensity level or amount of level sent to the input signal.  The middle meter shows the amount of Harmonic character being added to the mixed signal.  The top slider right above the middle meter is the frequency point in which you are enhancing.  As you slide this up and down with a little bit of intensity, (about 3db gain or more) you can really hone in on what you are trying to get out of the particular sample, or drum line you are trying to enhance.  When you actually know the samples natural frequency (As in kick drums, or kick samples) then you can really dial in on the enhancement to the sound.  When applying to things like bass line, bass guitars or a VST you just listen for the sweet spot and generally boost anywhere from 55-90 hz to get a really good result.

You kind of need to be a little careful though because you can wind up over boosting your low end.  However there is a work around with that and I will usually put an parametric eq on the same channel, mix bus, or plugin chain and roll off right around 3o htz.  I will give it a real hard knee so that the cut off or any low end rumble is no longer apparent.

Next time you need to help out that bass guitar sample, bass line or maybe even a weak percussion sample I would really consider reaching for the Ren Bass plugin to solve the issue.  You will be pleasantly surprised about the harmonic character of this amazing plugin.  You can find out more about Ren Bass at Waves.com.

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