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When it comes to placing the bass player in the room, our line of thinking has to change a bit from before. Since we're now thinking about player interaction as much as the sound. In this video I'm going to show you some possibilities to think about when it comes to placing the bass player in the room. For the rhythm section, the line of sight means everything. After all, for the bass player and drummer to really play together they have to be able to see each other in order to play off of each other's nuances. Regardless if whether the bass player is playing electric or acoustic, going direct with an amp, being set as close to the drummer is possible is important for a great performance.
If a bass amplifier is being used, it's usually placed as far away from any open mics as possible to keep the leakage down. That can mean in a closet or another room. Wherever it's placed, be sure to keep it out of a corner, and away from the wall if possible. Since this can cause some frequencies to boom and others cancel out which is called bass loading.
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