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Bass Recording tricks & secrets

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Pöl, Aug 23, 2004.

  1. Pöl


    May 31, 2003
    I don't know if this has been done before (I did check te search option), and I do know that most of us feel sensitive towards giving up their recording secrets, but I think this thread could turn out real interesting for al involved.



    I'll start off:

    Run your bass through a VOX AC-30 guitar amp at low gain as few eq as possible, maybe some treble cut. Sounds deep en tube-like very cool. :D
  2. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    Don't mess up?
  3. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Messing up is "OK". Can one recover is the question. ;)
    Some of my mistakes have turned out 'cooler' than what I was supposed to play...
  4. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    amen bro.............

    I really only have one secret weapon..........
    last year i broke my leg right before a recording session at my guitar players house..........we really didnt know how serious it was, so despite the unbeliveable pain they helped me in and we cut the track. One take, bam, perfect.......i absolutely nailed it..........some of my best work

    so there you have it
  5. Yikes! Sounds like that old saying "break a leg" really works.
  6. supermonkey


    Mar 15, 2004
    Atlanta, GA
    I always get best the best tone just going direct. Run thru a reasonable mic/instrument pre and whammo.

    I try to remember that the source of tone is the fingers. If I don't like the sound I'm getting, I can always try a different playing approach before I begin twiddling knobs.
  7. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    Rolling off frequencies under 60 or 75Hz can work wonders in some musical situations.
  8. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Boosting volume to compensate for a lack of articulation only serves to piss off the rest of the band.
  9. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
  10. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    Indeed. And that pic just happens to show the setting I find most useful to my ears (everything at 12 o'clock.) ;)
  11. To get a vintage sound like off of a vinyl record, run your bass through a phase shifter, but set the controls so the phase never opens up. (The lead guitar on my song "smoothie" was run to the board Direct in this manner)
  12. Droog


    Aug 14, 2003
    To me "tricks" present themselves on a session by session basis. Seems like every cool trick I learn only works that one time:) I never rely on a trick, I have a solid starting point then I go from there. DI through a good mic pre and mic the cab, again through a good pre. The mic changes too. Sometimes a D112 and sometimes an M88 does the "tricK".

    I do believe in compressing to tape. Not a bunch but usually 2-3 db at a 3:1 or so.

    Hell yes. Serves to ruin mixes too. If every musician realizes this it will be a good day indeed.

    Not really any secrets. Maybe in a few years I'll have some secrets to share. Right now I rely on good performance, solid equipment (and know how to use it) and mood. Oh, thats its it, thats the secret, musician being the the perfect mood to record, does that ever happen?
  13. josh_m


    May 5, 2004
    Davie, Fl
    Don't get frustrated, I was in a studio once and they made me record the same track over and over again because of an incompetant engineer, I told him to give me a little while, laid down on the couch for 10 minutes, got back up and did it.
  14. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    I suck at bass recording, so... I like this thread! :D