Recording and Mixing Bass

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by mrb1946, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. mrb1946

    mrb1946 Active Member

    Ok, so I am fairly new to recording an mixing. I'm using Logic 8 and an emu 0404usb interface. One thing that I have never been satisfied with is my bass tone. What is the best way to record bass? What's the best way to mix it? How do you guys record and mix bass? I'm playin/recording hard rock and metal type music.
     
  2. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    There are a myriad of ways to record bass, if the Emu has an instrument level input you can plug in direct, you can use a DI box, you can use a preamp DI or bass driver
    http://www.tech21nyc.com/products/sansamp/bassdriverdi.html there are others.
    You can mic a bass cab, hard to do in smaller spaces, some bass amps have a direct out. You can do a number of these and blend. Hard rock/metal probably gonna like one of the bass drivers so you get some drive and distortion.
    Mixing? There are a lot of different opinions but high pass guitars above 200-300hz to make room for the bass is typical, watch for bass kick drum hz conflicts.
     
  3. quadrivium

    quadrivium Guest

    For recording passive, active and acoustic basses (with bridge pickup), I recommend using a Fishman Platinum pre-amp for bass. I have found that it provides the flexibility that you need if you need to adjust the input signal to how you want it to sound on the track. Not too expensive and can be used in recording and live situations with any type of bass.
     

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