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Recording an active bass

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by DazzyPig, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. DazzyPig


    Jul 16, 2007
    Birmingham UK
    Hey again,

    Maybe this has been asked before (did a quick search and couldn't find out what i wanted though).

    I'm using a Motu 828 at home with my logic setup, if i were to plug an active bass (pickups and 3 band EQ) into one of the two normal 1/4"/XLR inputs at the back would the Motu pick up the active signal?

    would i need to use somehting else in the chain to record an active bass DI'd?

    Here's another (non-recodring related) quickie on the subject of active basses.

    All the amps i've used have 2 inputs, one for passive one for active, does this mean if an amp (like a small 60-100 watt combo) only has one input it probably dosn't support active basses?

    cheers again guys!!
  2. Messiah25


    Mar 10, 2007
    If you recording with a DI, drop it -20db first.
    So the signal from the active pickups won't be too loud.
    I would suggest using some kind of an analog amp simulator for the recordings.
    So the sound would breathe more. It gives it more life that way. Or use a mike on an amp.
    Or both, and mix the signals inside the sequencer. But that's just me.
    Some people like the sound from DI only.

    Hope it helped :)
  3. DazzyPig


    Jul 16, 2007
    Birmingham UK
    That's super handy, thanks very much!:D

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