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miking an upright bass??????

Discussion in 'Bass' started by SwitchbladeSound, Aug 10, 2007.

  1. I am going to be recording an upright bass for a rockabilly/ska type band. The bass has a pickup and he plays thru a GK amp and a GK 4X10 cabinet. I don't think I will have a hard time capturing the low end, but I am not sure what I should do to capture that signature rockabilly snap from the strings....... Would simply miking the strings with a condenser do it or is there a better method?
  2. Link555

    Link555 Distinguished Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver
    DIG a bit:

    Personally I use a QTC50 point near the bridge slighty towards the F-hole.
  3. Sweet, I looked all around on this forum and another forum to see if anybody had been talking about this already. Thanks for the links, thats pretty much just what i needed.....I don't have the type of mic selection most of these guys are talking about, but I think I will be able to work it out.
  4. Boswell

    Boswell Distinguished Moderator Resource Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    There's so much of the instrument that it's no too difficult to get an acceptable sound even if all you do is point an SM57 at the fingerboard about 12-15 inches above the bridge. What you may find is trouble in keeping low end sound from the bass amp out of the mics for the other instruments. Get the bass player to keep his amp volume as low as possible and bring it up with the PA if need be. If the bass has a DI or clip-on mic fitted, take a track from that and blend it with the bass amp and fingerboard mic at mixdown.
  5. Crankitup

    Crankitup Guest

    I think it would be a better idea to just use one mic for the fret noise, and using a DI instead of mic'ing the amp. It's not like a GK 4x10 is going to sound very good anyway.

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