Please Help - Active Bass Direct In Recording
Hello TalkBass forums! This is my first post, so excuse me if I am posting in the wrong sub-forum! I'll cut to the chase ---
I own an Ibanez Btb 550 5 string bass (bartolini pickups/electronics) which has an 18v preamp.
I am a multi instrumentalist and am trying to record bass tracks.
I am running through Mac OS x 10.6.8, and a focusrite pro 40 firewire interface. My DAW of choice is Logic Pro although I also have access to Garageband, Ableton Live Lite, and Reaper.
My active bass is giving an overbearing signal and is sounding heavily distorted through the focusrite and my DAW. I've tried every input just in case to no avail. I opened up the electronics compartment and there is no gain fader in which I can turn down the gain db.
I do not own a DI box, and I was hoping I wouldn't have to dish out a couple hundred bucks after spending so much in recording equipment already. I do not own another bass at the moment.
Please provide me with any possible knowledge, solutions, or troubleshooting advice. Thank you in advance. Any input is appreciated.