If you’ve ever recorded bass guitar direct and it just sounds thin and lifeless, you’re not alone.

In general, bass guitars sound better when played through a large amp. More bottom end, more top end bite, more energy! But of course, many of us are recording our bass guitars direct into our audio interfaces since that’s our only option.

And that’s OK! There’s a few things we can do to fix the issue.

When it comes to mixing a lifeless bass guitar there are three simple mix steps I like to take to give the bass depth, fatness, and presence.

The “before” and “after” is huge on this one. Check it out!