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Unstable bass

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Is there anything i can do when recording a bassist that plays some notes loud and some soft at kind of a random rate? I told him to try to keep it under control but and he sort of did but i still need help!
We're trying to go for that metallic sort of punkish sound that sound mor like "boong boong boong" than "boom boom boom"

Should we use compression? while tracking?



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amishsixstringer Wed, 01/31/2007 - 21:24
If you mean that he plays certain notes louder, you may be able to EQ those notes or the ones he plays quietly to get a little more even. Is it the bass guitar's fault? Is one string louder? You could try adjusting the pickup heights if that's the problem. I would try to get as close as possible with those things before hitting the compressor. Then, I would hit a hard limiter kind of hard to even it out a little more, then use a compressor with a 4:1 ratio with a slow attack and fast release to get that punchy twangy bass sound you want. Good luck!


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Davedog Thu, 02/01/2007 - 01:18
This situation is one on the 'repair' side of engineering. Compressor= Friend.

Bass Player with ZERO touch= very bad thing

The compressor comes first in this case. Fast attack> we dont want to lose the point where the bass hits on the beat

Release is to taste and is determined by the speed of the song.

Striking the amateur bassist about the head, neck, and shoulders with a blunt object.................priceless.

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Member Tue, 02/06/2007 - 08:31
if youre recording direct then listen to the last posts, but if youre micing the amp and you are having very inconsisent volumes in the bass. you might want to look into accoustically treating your room, because there is a high chance that there are a bunch of peaks in dips in the bass response of your room, causing inconsistincies in the volume of the notes your bass player plays.