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Time-aligning Miked and DI Bass Guitar Tracks in a DAW

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Dec 18, 2005.

  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    <p>The bass guitar can be a tricky instrument to record. Some engineers swear by the sound of a direct injection (DI) while others rarely use any method other than a nice low-frequency mic sitting two inches or so from the speaker grille cloth. Many engineers record both simultaneously and blend the DI (more defined sound) and miked (less defined but fuller sound) signals to capture the perfect bass sound and this can cause some problems. <a href="http://www.24stgeorge.com/gear/timealigning_mi.html">Read more.</a></p>
  2. JoshB

    JoshB A great man is always willing to be little. -RWE Supporting Member

    what most engineers also miss is the metallic sound of the strings clacking against the frets...the more organic clicks than what come through your amp or your DI. Some engineers actually will put a 57 near the 12th fret to capture that "clickityclack" It sounds insane, but actually sounds fairly good if the engineer can blend the 3 signals into a useable track.