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Digital Audio Workstaion
Recording ProcessHere are some notes of my experiences of what works for me while recording and mixig bass tracks.
TrackingI set the bass up with medium strings, semi-fresh, not more than 3 months old. Also, medium level action. On fretless, the neck truss needs to be set just right to get mwah without too much buzz. Set the volume all the way open, and no tone control modifications (no roll off on passive and no boost/cut on active).
Next, a DI/Preamp. Yes, you need one. I use my regular head, an Eden WT400, this has a great DI out. I keep this flat tone-wise as well, and no clipping. I don't use any in-line effects, compression etc.
Many folks like to record the speaker. I used to, and it has nice tonal characteristics. In fact, I relied on the speaker as the primary source until I came up with a good set of effect bin setups (more on this below). Anyway, these days I don't use the speaker, and now I can track anytime of day without bothering others, and still get the desired tone.
I record at 24b/44.1KHz (unless requested to use 48KHz, which is silly since bass doesn't/shouldn't go above 5KHz). And set the top limit playing really hard at -6dB; nominal at -12dB to -8dB.
Now, play the track as smoothly and consistently as possible. Make sure you dig in enough to get tone but not so much as to introduce fatigue or slight timing inconsistencies. Strong and smooth, not wild and choppy.
Mix ProcessingFavorite tools:
I've not been about to get good tone out of the Sonitus kit, nor the UAD 1167LN, that one it to grindy.
I have a couple favorite set ups:
You get the idea, start mix and matching to suit the sound you want to get. My favorite eq points:
Note, always keep the mono/stereo interleave in the mono setting.
©2006 Ed McGlaughlin for CirrusPark