Originally Posted by elBandito
I definitely prefer bright rounds going in DI for recording. I dont really care how my bass sounds solo. When my bass sounds good solo, it usually sounds crappy in the mix, but the opposite is also true. Whatever sounds good in the mix, sounds harsh when soloed.
As a sound engineer I have to disagree with this, a little. Even though I know it's a favorite saying of sound engineers.
If the instrument sounds like crap on its own it'll sound like crap in the mix. I have plenty of experience with that.
You're right in that just because something sounds good on its own, it doesn't mean it'll sound good in the mix. Although that's often an issue of frequency range.
When an instrument is being played solo, it sounds best when it is taking up a wide spectrum of sound. Generally, the best bass or guitar tone in a mix will be noticeably different
than the best mix solo, but they should both
Since I only play in my bedroom my solo tone matters a lot to me.