recording 2 bass players

Discussion in 'Bass' started by Theonethatgotaway, Jun 6, 2007.

  1. 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 :cool:
  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    Ohhh....I've heard this one before....

    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...

    BTW - welcome to RO!8)


  3. MadTiger3000

    MadTiger3000 Active Member

    Nov 16, 2004
    Which one of you owns the PA?
  4. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    North Vancouver

    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.
  5. tifftunes

    tifftunes Active Member

    Jan 13, 2003
    Aside from the usual things to do (like tuning, fresh strings, decent setup, etc) I'd hard pan each to opposite sides of the stereo spectrum, lightly EQ so each is at least slightly different, and compress to taste. Probably, one would be "in front" of, or louder than the other using volume control...
  6. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    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.")
  7. masterherm

    masterherm Active Member

    Aug 30, 2004
    Having two Bass Players is great. Think about the spectrum.
    One bass can play the Solid bottom rhythmical parts, while the other plays a more melodic choral role.Make sure they don't conflict with one another.
  8. Crankitup

    Crankitup Guest

    you need to have pretty trebly tones. check out this band called the rum diary (its not metal, but they seem to pull off two bassists pretty well). You need to make the basses sound like guitars basically.
  9. VoiceMaster

    VoiceMaster Active Member

    Oct 14, 2007
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    2 bass'

    It seems to me you will connect all instruments to a mixing board of some type, right? The mics over the drums, the mics for lead guitar, rhythm guitar, both bass guitars, keyboard and so on... Why not record or mix the sounds you want to isolate from the mixing board's output?
  10. TVPostSound

    TVPostSound Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    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
  11. JetJaguar

    JetJaguar Guest

    As Crank it up said, make them sound like guitars. Listen to death from above, one drummer, one bass but the bassist goes through like 7 guitar heads and 4 bass heads.
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