TESSERACT – Guitarist/Producer Acle Kahney Teaches How to Achieve a TesseracT-Like Bass Tone


Using the tracks from the recently live-recorded version of “Hexes,” TesseracT guitarist/producer Acle Kahney walks us through how he dials in Amos Williams’s gritty and growly bass tone. Though the excerpt above is only a few minutes long, the whole mix tutorial clocks in around 40 minutes and is chock-full of tips you may not have considered for your own bass tone crafting, such as the following:

  • General EQ problem areas [Acle] always address[es]
  • Multiband compression to tame resonance and hi mid clankyness (fret buzz etc) to help it sit in the mix
  • [Acle] talk[s] about an ancient, go to distortion plugin [he’s] used in [his] bass chain for 10 years
  • Compression and side chain compression
  • Adding distortion in parallel to enhance the growl/piano like quality of the bass

Also included in the tutorial is an Axe-Fx II preset should you be into that sorta thing. For more info (including how to purchase), visit AcleKahney.com.

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Gear Gods intern Maxwell studied English at Cal Poly Pomona and has since realized life ain’t all about semicolons and syntax. He’s studying audio now, and will probably judge your music taste before your grammar.

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