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Tips for getting good tone for recording metal bass


mattgaipa87

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Try a mic'ed signal and a DI signal, and see how each of them sit in the mix. Your 4X10 is probably your best bet cab-wise.

 

If the studio has an EV RE20 or Sennheiser MD421, those are good bass mics.

 

Keep in mind that you can use both signals and blend them to taste; this gives the best result, IMO.

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When I record, I usually just use whatever bass I feel will help the song, then I go DI. Simple and effective. I never worry about getting a great tone before we start, since you EQ later anyways.

 

I have done the miced cab/DI blending route...and it works pretty well too.

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To add to the equation, borrow your guitarist's rig. Run a three-way set-up - Clean DI, Clean (or slightly dirty) Bass Amp, Dirty Guitar Amp. Blend to taste.

 

Doesn't hurt to have as many options in the mix as possible. Get some variety between songs.

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