By Lori Spencer
Achieving just the right blend between guitar and bass should be felt by the listener “like a warm hug” according to Manny Marroquin, mixing engineer on multiple platinum hits for John Mayerand other top recording artists. Think of the guitar as one arm and the bass as the other arm. The idea is to wrap both arms around the listener and engulf them, blending the two sources together to sound like one.
Effective microphone placement, the tone, instruments, amplification, style and rapport of the musicians themselves–and not studio wizardry–represent the keys to successfully blending bass and guitar.