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Bassist w/Cakewalk.....what else do I need??

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by FLEADOMBOUND, Dec 5, 2001.


  1. FLEADOMBOUND

    FLEADOMBOUND

    Nov 16, 2001
    Whittier, Ca
    I bought Cakewalk Pro Audio 9.0 and I need to know the process of what I need. I have a soundblaster sound card and I want to be able to record my bass licks to showcase to potential band mates. For now it will just be the bass that I will be recording. Will it be better to be mic'd up? Someone describe a litte bit as if I was a dumb Englishman (j/k, my mom's from England so I'm always getting jokes on her) Thanks laddies! I need to know step by step....
     
  2. I have the exact same setup. when I record the bass I go directly into the soundcard. then, add some of the standard cakewalk effects. try some of the guitar amp models, you can get some thick tones out of them.
     
  3. FLEADOMBOUND

    FLEADOMBOUND

    Nov 16, 2001
    Whittier, Ca
    so run the mic into the sound card directly and then use cakewalk for the rest? Any special kind of cable?
     
  4. if you're going to use a mic, you'll probably want to use a pre-amp. I use a Joe Meek EQ compressor, or my yamaha digital effects processer. just to boost the signal. but, I don't ever mic the bass, I just run straight from the pre-amp into the sound card. I can get the tone I want with a combination of the cakewalk effects, my pedals, the joe meek, or the effects processer.
    remember any cakewalk effects you add will tax your system, so you'll want to keep them to a minimum. I'm running a 550mhz processer with 384mb ram but, one song I recorded had something like 13 tracks.
     
  5. you wont need any special cable, but you will need an adapter. the soundcard has the small style input (like headphone style). you can pick up one at radio shack for a couple of bucks. then, you can just use regular instrument cable.
     
  6. FLEADOMBOUND

    FLEADOMBOUND

    Nov 16, 2001
    Whittier, Ca
    Cool, sounds like I'm getting somewhere...thanks
     
  7. drop me an email if you need any help, I'll try to help with anything I might know.
    pro audio 9.0 is an awesome tool, you should be able to do anything you want on there. if you wanted to record more than 1 track at a time (for drums or something) you can get a midi mixer that will allow you to record multiple tracks, and then still be able to mix it down later.
     
  8. FLEADOMBOUND

    FLEADOMBOUND

    Nov 16, 2001
    Whittier, Ca
    Thanks man! I hope Santa comes through and maybe I'll be able to buy some new toys. Catch ya later bro....