#1
i use my pc and Audacity to record my guitar playing, so i tried it out with my bass. the recorded sound was just a hum, i checked to make sure all of my cables were connected properly, and they were.
My question is, are there any special precauitons i should take to record my bass?
#2
the EQ might be too boomy, Or the tone knob might be at full-bass. is it hum as in back ground Noise or hum as in the music you're making, just recorded really gashly
#3
i mean i can have my bass plugged in to the line in on my pc, open the recording program, start recording, and start playing. then when i play back what i recorded it just hums.
#5
Make sure your levels are set right, there could be either too much or not enough signal to be recorded.

Are you using any sort of pre-amp or just going bass-cable-pc?

Do you have any way to mic your amp? IMO, I've gone straight into audacity a couple times like that, and while it does record, my tone is extremely flat.
#6
i just ignore the fuzz and stuff on audacity cuz its crappy quality anyway, so i use it as a rough sketch of hwo i want the song to sound
Try adding more delay.
#7
If your bass does not have a built in preamp, a direct line from bass to PC will not work, as the output will far too low. You'll need to either use a DI from an amp or a Preamp pedal for you to hear anything at all.
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#8
^^i've actually recorded straight into the microphone jack of the computer. it of course wasn't the best sound in the world, but the sound was passable. i imagine the microphone jack has a preamp while the line in jack does not.
^^not necessarily helpful.
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#9
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i just ignore the fuzz and stuff on audacity cuz its crappy quality anyway, so i use it as a rough sketch of hwo i want the song to sound

It's not Audacity fault you're not getting good quality recordings, it's probably because of your soundcard.


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^^i've actually recorded straight into the microphone jack of the computer. it of course wasn't the best sound in the world, but the sound was passable. i imagine the microphone jack has a preamp while the line in jack does not.


The mic input will not have a preamp. Is your bass active? and what amp do you have? If it has a line-out or DI connect it through that and you will get a much higher input level; and therefore probably better tone.
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#10
Quote by ChemicalFire
If your bass does not have a built in preamp, a direct line from bass to PC will not work, as the output will far too low. You'll need to either use a DI from an amp or a Preamp pedal for you to hear anything at all.


slack lies I'm afraid, chemical fire. as a few have pointed out, you can plug straight into mic socket and it'll work - think of the output of your average PC mic, compared to the guitar's pickup.

Alternatively you could use just about any pedal or practice amp and plug into the line in - You don't need specialist equipment (although you might want to get some if you can't get a good sound - but if you're going that far you might as well get one of those USB hub things.)

it could be that You've some of the levels on the PC need tweaking - this is usually the problem I find when farting about with this kind of thing. right click on the speaker in the bottom right of the screen next to the clock and get the levels up, There's a set of recording ones as well you can get up by going to "control panel", Then "sound and audio devices", then third tab along there should be a little button next to a mic. icon that says "volume..."

Lastly, from experience, using your PC as a bass amp it's possible you can knacker the speakers if you're not careful.
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- but if you're going that far you might as well get one of those USB hub things.)
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JUST $0.02 i use M-BOX and a Line6 Bass PODxt Live to record through USB and both companies strongly suggest AGAINST USING HUBS just FYI.....not sure why i know a bit about computers and such but when im installing either ones drivers a SPECIFIC WINDOW pops up and says NO HUBS !!