I have some problems to achieve an interesting recorded "rock bass sound" played with a pick when I just di the bass into my computer. The recorded sound sounds thin and boring. And I cant hear the click-click sound from the pick. That is why I sometimes play with a pick because I want that "click" sound.
I know it can be a lot of factors that contributes to getting an interesting sound. I have to say there is nothing wrong with my bass (Fender squier p-bass), it is well set up, and I have tried both rounds and flatwound string, but the sound is not meaty enough. My technique is ok, I have paid attention on how the pick hits the strings when I am playing..
For now I have just used the build in pre on my Motu interface to get the sound into my computer. To give you an idea of what kind of sound I want to achieve, I have a audio clip of a professional bass recording of a song using the di method. I have read they used the tube-tech channel strip for the bass. It is a well known british band. The song also got small bits of synth bass, so I have just removed those sections. Please listen to the attached mp3.file
1. The bass sounds so meaty although it is played with a pick. Rounds or flatwounds? Or could it be anything..
2. It is likely EQ´d/compressed. Any obvious settings? A bit of tube distortion aswell but it could be compressor distortion?
3. Can clearly hear the click-click from the pick when hitting the strings. I am not able to record that even though I have not rolled off any highs. In this recording it is clearly rolled off a lot of highs Any suggestions? Any particular picks that can give this "click" sound
4. Preamp. Should I upgrade to a more dedicated preamp
I hope I am not asking too difficult. I just dont have any clue myself and want to learn/figure it out
Thats about it. Please listen and hopefully I want some suggestions on what to do