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Back in the 60s and 70s the way engineers recorded the electric bass was by miking the bass amp. As direct boxes became more and more available, the trend eventually swung the other way, with most bass recording now done direct. In this movie, I'm going to show you the ins and outs of using a direct box to record the bass. A direct box eliminates the need for an amplifier and a microphone to capture the sound. You get the pure tone of the instrument, which is usually what you want with the bass. Many microphone preamps have a direct input built right into them these days.
That eliminates the need to buy separate output direct box. When using a direct box, be aware that they're not all created equal, and that some will not give you the low fundamental of the bass that you expect when recording this way. Active DI's, which require power for the electronics, do a better job at this than passive DI's. Although some passive boxes like the ones made by radio do an excellent job, because of the large and expensive transformers used in the circuit. There's not much to learn about using a direct box. After you have plugged the bass into the direct box, and the output of the box into a console, mic, preamp, or DAW flip the ground switch to find the quietest setting.
Then have the bass player begin playing, it's that simple. (music playing) To sum it all up, the direct box eliminates the need for an amp in a microphone and provides a pure sound from the instrument. There are two types of DI's active which need power, and passive which don't. Some DI's sound better than others on the bass, because they can better reproduce lower fundamentals.
After you've plugged into the direct box, flip the ground switch, and choose the quietest position.
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