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How to record bass on my computer

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by gizmobltd, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. gizmobltd


    Jun 25, 2007
    i want to record my bass on my computer what do i need to plug my bass in my computer:confused:
  2. Well you can get some dongles from radio shack to use your audio inputs (1/8 to 1/4) but I would recommend getting a Line 6 Tone Port and recording proper and have an arsenal of effects and amps.
  3. gizmobltd


    Jun 25, 2007
    how much would this cost??
  4. Moose308


    May 3, 2002
    For reference, I can (finally) get a good instrument recording onto my computer.

    My new amp has a DI (Direct In). You can also get stand alone DI boxes (SansAmp BDDI for example).

    So, from my amp, the DI goes to a 25' XLR microphone cable, which goes to a XLR-1/8" Stereo plug. This is plugged into my soundcard.

    Granted, this is not a pro setup by anymeans, but it works well, and quite clearly. The biggest thing is that it bypasses the very noisy preamps on the soundcard. I can adjust the DI level from the amp (or DI box) so I can get the level. Previously, going from 1/4" instrument cable into the soundcard didn't work well, way too much noise, due to preamps.

    So a basic recording-bass-on-your-computer setup would be a soundcard (obviously), an XLR-1/8" connector ($10), XLR microphone cable ($20), a form of DI box ($?)
  5. skidrawk


    Jan 21, 2007
    Space City, TX
    You should have a mic input on your computer. You'll need some sort of preamp gain stage between your bass and that input. See if you have a preamp out on your amp or you could also use a mixer channel if you have one handy. Also if you have a multi effects pedal, you should have an output there that will work.

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