What best way to record in a place where i cant mic a cab.

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by th30nlyAket, Mar 22, 2014.

  1. th30nlyAket


    Sep 24, 2010
    im in a small aprtment complex and i cant get anything past maybe a 1x12 amp in the place im at and obviously cant even turn that up really loud. Whats the best way to record that. I been useing a decent little di box into a interface but it seems muddy and just not that great. Heres options i been looking at.

    Amp head with xlr out

    One of these rack units like Sansamp RBI or Ampeg SVP

    A di pedal such as EBS Microbass or the new Sansamp VT bass

    Or software.

    What will give the best quality. I really like my tone played thought a 4x10 cab( i burrowed on one time) but obviously thats not viable here.
  2. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    Check out all the guitar/bass amp modeling packages. They all include cabinet emulation also. The demo versions are essentially free to try.

    Keep in mind that a bass guitar signal is not at a line level unless it has a onboard pre-amp. Your interface needs to have a "guitar" level input to get the most out of the bass. Plenty of basses have great tone directly connected but you may need a pre-amp to match levels with your interface. A great transparent pre in a pedal form is way less than $50.
  3. th30nlyAket


    Sep 24, 2010
    yes i have this small box that does that. bass has a decent tone but not a great one.
  4. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    Try it in a mix with other instruments.
  5. bassie12


    Aug 23, 2008
  6. th30nlyAket


    Sep 24, 2010
    ive mixed with other instruments sounds decent. just not as good as it does live i guess you could say. and i will try bass amp room thanks
  7. Ender_rpm


    Apr 18, 2004
    St. Louis MO
    What's the bass? When you're going DI, the bass needs to.have the sound you want or you're out of luck. I like the various tech 21 pedals, and the Barber Linden EQ for my DI chain.
  8. -Asdfgh-


    Apr 13, 2010
    Find something that can match impedance and levels sufficiently such that you are getting a good clean signal. A very vanilla DI might be all you need, and one from an amp head would do the job, but it won't always be very pleasant to listen to so you might want, even at the recording stage, so monitor back via a VST amp modelling plug in, provided you can get the sound card latency low enough that it doesn't affect your playing. There are some free options out there if you don't want to spend the cash on a commercial package until you know your way around the modelling options.

    It's not a bad plan to record at least one track direct to disk with the most plain vanilla sound you can get. You can always reprocess this track when you come to mix, and it gives you the most options for remixing it.