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recording 2 bass players

The band I'm in at the moment has two bassists, how would we go about recording two basses and still having both bassists heard? We play metal mostly, all i can think of is completely separating the tone and paning one bass far left and the other bass far right,

Any ideas or help would be great 8-)


Link555 Wed, 06/06/2007 - 12:50
Nope, that was "how do you get two flutes to play in unison?" (The answer is "Shoot one of them")

I think the same may apply here...


Sorry don't mean to be rude, but it begs the question why? DO you have /a better low end live? Is it a gimmick? Is one bass playing melodic ideas? Just curious.

BobRogers Thu, 06/21/2007 - 07:33
I think tifftunes has the best suggestions, but if you want to make this sound good, the key is the arrangements rather than the recording. One successful way of doing this is to have one person playing "baritone guitar" (it helps is the person is Victor Wooten) and the other person playing like a true bassist. Of course, you can always cover Spinal Tap's "Big Bottoms" and have everyone in the band play bass. ("Talk about mud flaps, my girl's got 'em.")

TVPostSound Sun, 10/14/2007 - 19:04
Take the same aproach 2 lead guitar players take.

Methods used by Chris DeGarmon and Michael Wilton, and Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing are:

Two players would use dissimilar tones and different chord inversions to separate themselves in the mix.
Also combining two different chords to create one complex chord. One takes the lower part, and the other stacks a higher part over the top of it.

I would think it to be harder to avoid mud with 2 bass players