best stuff for recording???

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by fbr, Jul 28, 2004.

  1. fbr


    Jul 28, 2004
    im a newbie here...forgive me if im posting in the wrong forum...cudnt figure out were to post this...

    can u guys plz gimme the names of the best books/videos on recording...including miking, mixing, production etc...preferably with very good advice on recording the bass....

    id really appreciate it if u guys cud help me out coz ill be hitting the studios very soon to record my bands debut album..n the studios in our country Bangladesh are not that proficient yet..especially wen it comes to recording/miking the bass.

    thank u
  2. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
  3. If you'll check the post titled "Digital Audio for Dummies" here, (my post, fellow newbie to the recording aspect of music), they gave me come great links to follow up on.

    Much luck!
  4. Here's my suggestions...

    Sound System Engineering
    by Don Davis and Caroline Davis
    This is "the" reference book written by Don and Carolyn Davis of SynAudCon fame, I suggest that everyone involved in the sound business have a copy of this as a reference.

    Digital Home Recording - Tips, Techniques, and Tools for Home Studio Production

    by Carolyn Keating (Editor), Craig Anderton (Editor)
    Explores the technical workings behind a range of home music technology and explains how best to take advantage of them. Topics covered include musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) technology, computer-driven CD recorders, sound cards, studio setup and maintenance, and multitrack mixing.

    The Drummer's Studio Survival Guide : How to Get the Best Possible Drum Tracks on Any Recording Project (The Studio Series)

    by Mark Huntly Parsons, Rick Van Horn (Editor), Rick Van Horn (Editor)
    The information from the great drum artists at the end of each chapter was interesting and informative. A must buy!

    Handbook of Recording Engineering

    byJohn M. Eargle
    Easy-to-use and thoroughly updated, the third edition of this classic handbook provides insightful and practical information into the entire recording process. It expands on material from the second edition while including new and innovative ideas. Written by John M.Eargle, an internationally recognized author and consultant in the recording industry, the book brings together essential knowledge on the most current concepts, methods, systems and solutions to everyday recording problems.

    Recording Direct input (DI)

    The easiest way to record bass is by going direct from the amp into the board. This method will give you a natural tone with equalization flexibility. There are no speakers or microphones to alter the sound of the guitar. The only drawback of direct recording is that the sound may lack midrange clarity. In this case it is better to boost the mids on the amp instead of on the mixer since the amp's tone controls are more suited for bass guitar.

    You can also try taking a direct out from the Bass( I use a countrymen) to the mixer. This will give you a warmer sound with more low-end. However, I find that getting a signal direct from the bass amp will give me a cleaner sound and will punch through the mix.

    You may need a bit of compression for the bass guitar. Start with a 3:1 ratio and lower the threshold until there is almost always gain reduction. This will insure that the loudest parts of the signal will be affected and the quietest parts won't, which will keep your signals a few decibels hotter and preserve some dynamics. I then increase the ratio until I get between 3 and 6 decibels of gain reduction. The attack should be fast enough to catch peaks but not so fast that it cuts down the attack (depending on pick or finger style technique). The release should be fast enough to let go of the signal before the next note can cross the threshold. However, if your release is too fast, you'll either hear the compression or you'll hear the bass signal distort. I usually start with a 10 ms attack and a 250 ms release.


    Another method for recording the bass is by micing the amplifier. When the bass player gets his sound, place a microphone(D122, 421, or an sm57) four inches from the grill of his/her speaker cabinet. Aim it where the dust cap meets the speaker cone. If the sound coming from the mic isn't what you want, try moving the mic. Moving it closer to the center of the speaker will give you a brighter sound. Moving it closer to the edge will give you a duller sound. Either way, try to avoid using EQ. Compression can also help with the tone. (I love the LA2A for bass).


    Direct recording can lack midrange punch and using a microphone can lack low-end depth. So, another method of recording bass would be the combination of both direct and miced sounds. Simply split the signal after the bass and send one signal to the amp and one signal to the mixing board. This will give you the best of both worlds - the midrange punch of a miced signal and the low-end boom of a direct sound. Use the miced sound as your main sound and blend in the direct signal for low end. Try compressing the blended signals to help to further smooth out the bass sound.