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Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Dave44, Mar 10, 2003.
I just need a what to expect, as well as what should I bring with me beside my axe.
Hmmm ... I was going to move this but dunno where else it good go. Normally in "Technique" or "Recording Gear and Equipment" but I figure it's just as apropriate here.
There have been some informative threads done on this topic before though, so read these and if you have any more questions then ask away.
To get good answers though, you might want to ask a much more specific question. What style? What bass? What studio? How much time? etc. etc. etc. etc. ...
Search on "recording".
We just recorded last week, and did mixdown last night. I was reminded of a very important aspect of recording bass. Don't EQ it. Go in straight and flat. We recorded Take it Easy, and I went through my Avalon U5 to the board. When we do this live, I usually boost the bass a bit and back off the mids, so I left my 55-94 essentially flat, and set the U5 tone switch to #2, the "smiley face". When we mixed down, it sounded like someone had turned loose a tone-sucking muff monster in the mix. No amount of EQ could restore the mids I needed to cut through. Fortunately, I had my bass there, and I went straight into the board with no EQ, laid down a new track, and got a really tasty sound in the mix.
What really bugs me is that I knew better. Bottom line, heed these words.
Munji - what I do to avoid that problem is record one track with "my" tone (fairly dark/deep) that I know works for the song normally, and another two tracks of DI clean or a grinding tone that has more of the overtones, fret noise, etc, and the mix that in as the track requires in mixdown.
Especially if you add instrumentation to a song that you don't normally have, it's good to have the option to thereby shift the bass to different sonic spots.
Munji, that sounds like the ticket going straight into the board and handling the bass EQ with the mixdown. Question for you, Do Recording studio's give you the master as well as their mixdown? So if I don't like the mixdown can take the master and hand it off to another source for a new mixdown?..... I know get it in writing before you start.
I'll throw my two bits in. The master tapes are usually owned by whomever paid for them. Mixes too, really. Just work it out ahead of time if there's any uncertainty.
I prefer to go direct into the board and then later reamp. This way I have two tracks that are straight in and can fiddle around with an addition one or two tracks from an amplifier. I can make amp EQ decisions based on everything else that's going on in the mix or I can just leave it all out.
In my experience the best way for plug-n-play is to record directly plugging the bass in the board. If you have a preamp you like/use plug your bass in the preamp and the pre`s out into the audio card (AD interface). Apply the less EQ the better, of the LESS effect/distortion/etc the better, UNLESS you KNOW for CERTAIN what you are doing.
If you have time and whant to nail THAT spefic sound, try as muych as you can. Direct or cab micing with as many microphones and positions you can, or both if you have the channels.
Always try to monitor yourself when you are recording using the best studio monitors posible. If this is not an option, try ones that can handle low frequencys as low as your bass goes. And avoid using monitors that have THAT particulas sound independently of what music is played there.