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Microphone inside the bass?

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by Robert, Dec 1, 2004.

  1. Robert


    Nov 14, 2003
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Hello guys,

    I've seen some bassists stick a microphone inside their bass, fitted with foam in the F-hole. This is setup is of course for live purposes, and from I what I can remember it sounded quite good blended with a pickup.

    Does any of you have any experiences from this?

    When talking about loudspeakers the tonecurve inside the speaker is identical to the outside sound except for a -12dB / octave tilt. Can this be true for the double bass as well?
  2. Adrian Cho

    Adrian Cho Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2001
    Ottawa, Canada
    I've not tried it myself but I know others that have. The endpin mic originally made by Ampeg (amplified peg) was an attempt at this and it it didn't last long. Someone recently brought out a new mic on an endpin - not sure how it sounds. You can also put a mic in through the f-hole which is the technique used by a couple of guys I know.

    The sound inside is pretty mushy and boomy. To counteract the harshness of a pickup, it can be useful but on its own it's useless. Simplistically, there are two ways to create an amplified sound:

    a) reproduce the sound
    b) recreate the sound

    My aim with the bass has always been to do the former, hence items like the AMT, Dyn-B, Pub. As soon as you introduce a not so great pickup, you're into b).