#1
Hello,

What do you use to record bass with versatile sounds . I mean what sort of effect do you plug in between your bass and the sound card to get full warm sounds for instance ?

Thank you
#2
Not sure you mean mate, explain yourself a it more. I only use a compressor when i record. Bass is best clean - effects are for Hollywood movies
#3
Quote by Applehead
Not sure you mean mate, explain yourself a it more. I only use a compressor when i record. Bass is best clean - effects are for Hollywood movies



In your opinion. A lot of my solo stuff depends on effects in order to get the ethereal sound I require. However, when I'm laying in a band situation, I usually do use just compression, but I do sometimes use delay and flanger.
#4
i always thought the warmness came from the bass and the amp. i don't DI the bass into the computer, i run it from the headphone of the amp, or the DI if im feeling like hearing it properly and deafening people
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#5
Quote by Deliriumbassist
In your opinion.


Obviously it's my opinion. You still should record without effects though - it's just best practice. The effects can be layed down afterwards but you can't remove them afterwards. Trust me, i've recorded bands and you dont know how many people say "can you just turn the reverb down a bit mate"... "Er no mate"
#6
Quote by Applehead
Obviously it's my opinion. You still should record without effects though - it's just best practice. The effects can be layed down afterwards but you can't remove them afterwards. Trust me, i've recorded bands and you dont know how many people say "can you just turn the reverb down a bit mate"... "Er no mate"



ah well, thing is with me, I'm a perfectionist with my tone and effect levels, so I always go in with exactly what I need
#7
You're missing my point. You may well be a perfectionist, but perfectionists change their minds just like us mere mortals.

Just some friendly recording advice!!
#8
Quote by Applehead
You're missing my point. You may well be a perfectionist, but perfectionists change their minds just like us mere mortals.

Just some friendly recording advice!!


never changed my mind yet But hey, it works for me.. I ain't arguing with ya.
#10
A preamp would be best if you can afford one. But a compressor would do you fine

I recomend the Tech21 SansAmp series
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#11
Quote by Deliriumbassist
ah well, thing is with me, I'm a perfectionist with my tone and effect levels, so I always go in with exactly what I need
Perfectionist or pig headed? You've been given sound advice which is, record your sound, do what you want with it afterwards.
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#12
Quote by John Swift
Perfectionist or pig headed? You've been given sound advice which is, record your sound, do what you want with it afterwards.


My thoughts exactly..personally VST effects such as reverb and distortion or whatever sound a MILLION times better than any pedal or rack you can buy, and the nice part is multiple layers and the ability to just hit undo.

Guitar Rig 2 for example.
#13
I often use just a DI going into a mixing board, and THEN into the soundcard. Surprised nobody has mentioned the problem of just going from the bass to the soundcard.

We did our album, though, with a SansAmp for the bass (and then into the board), and it was fan-tas-tic. Highly recommended. Very.

As far as FX going in, I don't even compress for recording. I'll do that after the track is recorded. You never know what you'll want to change later. This is key:

.... just because it sounds amazing all by itself, it will probably need to be tweaked to make it fit into the whole mix just the way you want it.

I would put that all in caps if it wasn't so impolite. Hell, Mutt Lange and Tom Lord Alge and Bob Rock surely all change their minds about stuff during the course of mixing an album, and they are some of the best producers this planet has ever seen. Far be it for me to suggest that I can dial in a perfect sound - complete with fx - that will will sit perfectly in the mix at the end of the project.

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#14
I usually run straight into the computer using my head, an Ashdown Mag300H. I personally love a lot of the different included VST and DirectX effects on Cubase SX. One of my favorites is the "Q" filter. (Cubase heads will know what I'm talking about, but for those of you that don't, it's a combo filter and graphic EQ. You can get effects like the sound is coming through a phone, an AM radio, or a massive subwoofer.)

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#15
Yeah, Q is a really great EQ. A small semantic correction here... an EQ is a type of filter. Q is an EQ.

Chris
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#16
Quote by John Swift
Perfectionist or pig headed? You've been given sound advice which is, record your sound, do what you want with it afterwards.


well I'm sorry that I may or may not follow his advice. It's just that everytime I've recorded stuff, I've always gone in with my effects and recorded with my effects. It hasn't failed me yet. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I'm not being pigheaded, I see the value in his advice, but I'm just not gonna take it at the moment.
#17
Quote by Applehead
Not sure you mean mate, explain yourself a it more. I only use a compressor when i record. Bass is best clean - effects are for Hollywood movies


very solid advice!
the original tracks should be clean as possible. you can add any effects later, during the mix-downs. you can add to the original tracks, but you can't take away, from the original tracks. way to go Applehead. listen to Sir John Swift! he knows bass!!
#18
Record the bass after guitars. That way you can concentrate on making it fit the mix, and then do whatever with your effects and your tone.
#19
I run my Bass through a 1968 50 watt tube Bassman.

Great tone. No effects needed...it's warm and beautiful.
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#20
Quote by thealmightyRIS
Record the bass after guitars. That way you can concentrate on making it fit the mix, and then do whatever with your effects and your tone.


Wha? That is asking for trouble. Drums, then bass, then guitars.

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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

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