Recording Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gsmackfan00, Jan 24, 2005.

  1. gsmackfan00

    gsmackfan00 Banned

    Jan 20, 2005
    I have a question, when recording the bass on tracks, what do you prefer to do? do you plug into a preamp first or do you play straight in? what kinda settings do you use if you plug into your preamp?
  2. Razor


    Sep 22, 2002
    Get a good direct input (DI) box, like a sansamp or MXR, etc....

    Plug your bass into the DI, then go from the DI into the board.

    If you've got a good tone out of your pre or your amp, then if your amp has a line out you can simply go from the line out into the board.

    There are some, with active preamp systems in their instruments, who can/prefer to go straight into the board from the instrument..however if you're using a passive bass (typically the case) you'll need something in between your bass and the console.

    Oh yeah... Godsmack rocks! \MM/
  3. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    My James Tyler bass has a second volume knob to add 10db
    extra output so I can go straight in the board. Its NICE!