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Recording bass without an amp help

Discussion in 'Bass' started by qcdding, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. qcdding

    qcdding Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    I've been searching for a cost and space effective solution to recording bass into my computer. I don't have a bass amp because I'm a guitar player... I've got a Presonus Firestudio mobile interface, buy cheap software which has 2 xlr/line inputs.

    I was looking at the Tech 21 sansamp VT - If I were to buy this, could the signal chain simply be: bass>Tech 21 VT> Firestudio? cheap software Would that give me a pretty decent sound?

    Otherwise, what would you recommend me doing? Thanks!
  2. Ripeart

    Ripeart Active Member

    May 13, 2011
    Miami, FL
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    Man I just DI my bass into either my DBX or Mindprint preamp and hit record. I'm happy enough with my bass (schecter). Any effects I need will be done in mix. But usually don't need any except some subtractive eq'ing.
  3. CL2Zero

    CL2Zero Active Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    I usually just DI Bass myself. I have a SansAmp Bass Driver DI box. But, a lot of times I prefer the straight DI sound.
    You might be surprised with what you get with just going with a DI signal. It's worth a try.
  4. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Just go direct with that interface. It'll be just fine. You can add the Sans-Amp and have a bit more control over the tone and the feel. It wont be better, just different.
  5. GZsound

    GZsound Active Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Near Portland, Oregon
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    I use an LR Baggs Para DI into a DBX compressor and get a nice smooth tone.
  6. Guitarfreak

    Guitarfreak Distinguished Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    I use a Countryman Type 85 DI box. Using a high quality DI will make the recording brighter than just straight into the interface. It's actually better to think of it as being more 'accurate' while not using a DI box tends to dull the sound. After I take the DI, I sometimes track a second recording of the bass guitar through a piece of electric guitar gear, like a Tubescreamer, or Big Muff fuzz and blend it in underneath for some extra texture. This is not needed though, a straight DI is just fine for modern music.

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