Metal bass - DI?

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by kyral210, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. kyral210


    Sep 14, 2007
    Ok, i know there is a thread going right now about mic Vs DI, but for that classic metal tone (pantera, metallica ect..) should I DI or mic my cab? I have a Line 6 Bass Pod Xt, which can simulate the mic and air for me, so what should I do?
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Whatever you like the best.
  3. Porksicle


    May 16, 2008
    Taylor, MI

    I also have the Bass POD XT (Live), and I rely on it quite a bit.

    That said, unless you have your own soundguy, always just ask what the house guy recommends. I know it sounds crappy, but in the end, what he pumps through the PA is going to be what sounds best in his mix, anyway.

    I have a couple different basses that I take to gigs and I'll usually pick which one to play based on what the soundguy does. If he wants to mic the cabs, then I'm usually free to use whatever I want. But if he DI's post-POD, then I'll try and stick to either my BTB or my Active Dean, because they are less noisy and more full-sounding. And third, in the case that he wants to DI pre-POD, I'll usually use my Jazz or my Jazz-Style Yamaha, because they tend to be a little more consistant and the soundguys usually know how to dial it in how they want.

    If you really want to set yourself ahead, and you're hell-bent on "your sound", the best bet would be to get a seperate DI in your rig somewhere, post-everything, and MAKE the house guy use it. I know a couple bass players who are sticklers for their tone, and this is the route they take. Conversely, if you prefer to be mic'd, just BS the guy and tell him that you use a ton of effects and/or the DI out on your pre/head/whatever doesn't work.
  4. Calvan


    May 13, 2008
    San Diego
    i personally think doing both is ideal, but this usually only works out in bigger venues. for smaller gigs DI would mean less equipment needed on the road, but a mic would usually sound better IMO (depending on equipment quality of course)
  5. kyral210


    Sep 14, 2007
    When you DI 'post pod', do you have your pod set to studio desk, live w horn, or live w/o horn?