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Strange bass waveform!

Discussion in 'Bass' started by lennyonbass, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. lennyonbass

    lennyonbass Guest

    Hi all,
    I have a question for the group.
    In recording the bass guitar I have notice some strange waveforms.
    You can see it here...

    Anyway, to my eye, it appears to be phasing of sorts...
    Let me describe the chain:
    Bass (active) --> Alembic F-1X preamp -->Motu 896hd (line level) --> Logic.
    Has anyone every noticed this before? Is it normal? How can I eliminate it?
    Thanks in advance,
  2. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Do you hear anything wrong? I'm guessing not.

    This is probably just an artifact of the waveform drawing process. Ears, not eyes.

    Oh, and welcome to RO! 8)
  3. lennyonbass

    lennyonbass Guest

    Thanks D.
    I am nearly positive that I don't hear anything out of the ordinary after the track has been recorded.
    While recording, though, I, more often than not, hear a "chorusing"-type of effect. Not latency, that sounds different.
    I ran some tests after I posted this and the results were the same...
    Active bass --> preamp --> motu
    Active bass --> motu
    Passive bass --> preamp --> motu
    Passive bass --> motu
    Even thinking that there was some phasing with magnetic pickups, I tried it with a piezo-pickup and got the same result.
    Anyway, I welcome others to chime in with their .02.
    Thanks, it's good to be "hear"!
  4. Hey,

    I'm a solo bass artist myself, and I've recorded 4 albums in the past.

    I see this waveform a lot. At first, I had assumed it might be something weird, but never noticed anything wrong with the sound. Instead, I just assumed that it was normal. After some compression though, it should go back to at least "looking" normal.

  5. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Try expanding the timbase on your waveform picture. I think you'll find it's just the way the program draws it when squashed up like that.
  6. lennyonbass

    lennyonbass Guest

    Thanks guys...I appreciate the input.
    I'm going to mess around with it some more. I'll let you know what I find.

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