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Recording Tacoma acoustic bass

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by buldog5151bass, Mar 24, 2004.


  1. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    I am going into the studio next month for an acoustic project. A good part of what I'm playing will be with a Tacoma ABG. What have you found gets the best sound with this - micing the guitar, DI with the pickup, or what? I'll be using both fingers and a pick, depending on the tune.

    I've always found it hard to get a good sound recording my electric bass in the past - now I have the new challenge.

    Thanks for any ideas.
     
  2. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    If you have the tracks, DI to one track and them mike as well.

    Use a condensor mike about a foot out from the instrument and aim it towards the end of the fingerboard at first; move slightly to find the best location.

    Do NOT aim the mike at the soundhole, this will be too boomy.
     
  3. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    Cool - gracias
     
  4. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    When I've recorded my Thunderchief I've always mixed the DI sound with a recorded sound, usually with the mic above the instrument, off the soundhole above the neck. My brother has recorded totally acoustically when he borroed the Thunderchief for a project and it sounds fabulous. :bassist: