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Old 04-06-2013, 11:54 AM   #1
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bass guitar nightmare

Hi everyone, I'm having a nightmare trying to record bass for my song! I'm using a Westfield P Bass through a Focusrite 2i2 and Amplitube 3 and I cannot capture the sound I want at all!

I'll go through all the available amps and find one I like the sound of, record the intro of the song, listen back and it just sounds terrible! I don't know whether it's me, my equipment or what but whatever I do I just can't get it right!

I'm looking to get a Mirk Dirnt sound out of it so if anyone has any pointers I would be more than grateful!
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Old 04-06-2013, 12:41 PM   #2
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So, your hear what you like in the speakers as you play and record, but when you play it back, it sounds different?

Is it possible that, while you play and record, you are hearing a blending of two different sounds (say, the sound of the bass direct and clean along with the amplitube), but when you are playing back the recorded file, you're just hearing the amplitube part of the sound?


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Old 04-06-2013, 12:50 PM   #3
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I think it's more of a case that it sounds okay on its own, but it doesn't sit right with all of the other instruments
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:06 PM   #4
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Try playign the song with the bass guitar boosted a bit and mess with the EQ, usually taking out a bit of high mids helps fix it
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:40 PM   #5
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Are your strings relatively fresh? Do you use a pick (it's recommended if you want to get Mike Dirnt's sound)?
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:53 PM   #6
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Yeah, strings are about 3 weeks old and I always use a pick!
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Old 04-06-2013, 02:37 PM   #7
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The problem could be that you're using a very cheap bass.

But I would also recommend listen to isolated bass tracks of songs on Youtube, often the bass sounds very different when you hear the isolated signal compared to how it sounds in the mix.



The other thing is, compression is really important in bass tone. If you don't have a compressor on the track it's going to be impossible to get it to sit in the mix.

What exactly do you dislike about the sound anyway? Not tight enough, too thin etc?
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Old 04-06-2013, 02:59 PM   #8
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what else yhou got in the mix? tried LPF?
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Old 04-06-2013, 03:16 PM   #9
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Can you post some demos of your bass recorded in a song? But yeah, what you really need is a new bass.
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Old 04-06-2013, 04:04 PM   #10
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No offense, but is it just that you not like how you play? When I first recorded myself, I thought I was a lot better than I was because I have never sat down and listen to myself play. You pick up mistakes you don't realize when you're playing.

Whatever it is post a sample of your recording to get more help.
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Old 04-06-2013, 04:50 PM   #11
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WOW! It definitely sounds so different on its own! Mine does not sound slightly close listening to that!

How should I set the compressor? I'm quite new to home recording and everything so still trying to learn the basics!

I think the bass probably has a lot to do with it as well! I haven't been playing bass for that long either (although been playing guitar for a while now) so my technique isn't great!

Drums and two guitar tracks in mix, will be vocals eventually as well!

Don't mean to sound stupid, but what is LPF? haha

Should I post the recordings in the mix with everything else, or on its own?

One more thing, do I add reverb?!

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Old 04-06-2013, 09:53 PM   #12
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LPF = Low pass filter, thought not particularly helpful in this situation.

You should be able to get a tone like that pretty easy doing DI into a sansamp (Try TSE B.O.D.) and ampeg head sim.
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:25 AM   #13
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Maybe the vst fx is turned off during playback for cpu relief.

Try to record and then mix it down to wav/mp3/aif
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:09 PM   #14
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Thanks Odirunn for that! Improved the sound quite a bit atually!

I'm just about to do a quick recording so you all can hear what it sounds like now!
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:55 PM   #15
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Here we go, both in the mix and on its own, tell me what you think!

http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/...sic/play1183257
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:19 AM   #16
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Sounds good, man. Glad we could help.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:36 AM   #17
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Sounds nice, man! Both alone and in the mix. Maybe add a little bits lows and it'll be cool.
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