Hi. I Just bought a bass to do some bass tracks with my songs. So first of all, I usually record my guitar parts by placing a mic in front of my amp. and the mic connects to an interface (presonus 1394) which connects to my computer.

but since i do not have a bass amp, i decided to take some peoples suggestions and record directly. So i plugged my bass into the interface, and sure sound comes out of it and i can play it, but then the noise is really fuzzy and deep. just the low e string though.

so whenever i record, i can't have a clean bass sound. like the sound waves on audacity are very wide, skinny, and weird looking when i record with my bass. am i doing something wrong, or is it that i cannot simply record directly.

Bass is often, if not usually recorded direct in some way - even in pro studios.

Can you post a clip? What you're doing *should* be working fine.

Could I get some more talent in the monitors, please?

I know it sounds crazy, but try to learn to inhale your voice. www.thebelcantotechnique.com

Chris is the king of relating music things to other objects in real life.
It might help to get some kind of DI box.
Originally posted by arrrgg
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screen shot and audio clip please.

it sounds like you might just have levels set to high.

It's now in my profile guys. Check it out and let me know

idk if its just my computer speakers or not but yeah ahaha.

There is another alternative if I can't get that fixed. Playing the bass through a guitar amp and micing that, but I'm scared that I'll damage my speakers
Dont, Whatever You Do, Play Bass Through Guitar Amps. You Will Blow Them.

Edit: Sorry about the all caps above, but I feel it necessary to get the point across.
I have no clue as to what is going on with the recording. Have you tried doing your guitar like this? did it do the same thing?
And your sure you checked the levels? I mean it doesn't sound like its peaking.

Last edited by Jared R. Boyd at Jan 23, 2009,
Well, i THINK that it has something to do with how i connected everything. So my bass connects to the interface. and the interface connects to the computer SPEAKER and the firewire slot.

So whenever i play something, i can actually hear it playing back through the computer speakers.

but like if it's right, i'm curious; how can a bass guitar be played through a computer speaker, but not a guitar amp. ahaha
Just turn down the line volume on the input channel you are using for the bass on the interface, and increase the volume of the track in your software. You are probably just getting feedback on the bottom string because its too loud.
they are direct input boxes they take the high impedance, unbalanced signal and converts it into a balanced, low impedance signal.
Originally posted by arrrgg
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