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Old 08-19-2013, 02:42 PM   #1
David Portelli
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Bass guitar or MIDI?

Hi,

I wish to work on recording my own material and eventually complete an album.

Of course at some point I will need to work on bass parts and since I work by myself, my options are:

1) Buy a bass guitar

or

2) Do it with MIDI

I know that the answer might seem obvious but how do you guys tackle this?

Remember that I am NOT a bass player but a guitarist who wants to record some bass on my songs and I want to do this myself.

Cheeeeers!

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Old 08-19-2013, 03:14 PM   #2
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It would depend on the intricacy of the basslines.
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:19 PM   #3
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I know that the answer might seem obvious but how do you guys tackle this?


How does a forum of bass players tackle bass lines? Yeap, you're right; it's obvious!

MIDI is okay for scratch tracks or demos. If you're wanting a good quality recording though, it's very difficult to get even a passable result with midi. An actual bass guitar is a much better option for the bass part (when you're going for a bass guitar sound, of course a synthesised bass works in certain genres if it's a stylistic choice).
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:09 PM   #4
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You can also heavily edit a guitar to make it sound similar.
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:31 PM   #5
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What I'm doing (at least for now) is pitch shifting my guitar down an octave. Neck pickup (or bridge, depending on your preference), roll the tone back a little, and then just single notes. I like to use some eq to bring down some more of the highs, it makes it little smoother to me.

Of course you could get a bass. Or a bassist. That could work too.
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:00 PM   #6
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Pitch shifting a guitar works when you're figuring out an arrangement etc. In the context of mixing it doesn't really cut it because it's extremely difficult to move the timbre away from that of the regular 6 string which can cause it to mud up with your guitar parts (guitar pick-ups just aren't as open as bass pick-ups usually), and the fundamental frequencies just aren't there.
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:05 PM   #7
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Pitch shifting a guitar works when you're figuring out an arrangement etc. In the context of mixing it doesn't really cut it because it's extremely difficult to move the timbre away from that of the regular 6 string which can cause it to mud up with your guitar parts (guitar pick-ups just aren't as open as bass pick-ups usually), and the fundamental frequencies just aren't there.


It works if you have a lot of other sounds covering it up, drums, guitars and others.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:16 PM   #8
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There are some very good sampled basses that you could use with MIDI but I think it'd be worth it to do the final recording with an actual bass in your hands. I've tried the MIDI thing and it just felt wrong to me. It didn't sound quite convincing enough and was awkward to play with a keyboard.
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