Join Larry Crane for an in-depth discussion in this video Recording miking bass amp and DI together, part of Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Recording.
Larry: So, let's talk about recording bass guitar. …One of the things that kind of struck me when I first started working …professionally was that a lot of bass players would come in and say, I want …like a really deep tone. And it turns out really that a lot of …what you want in a bass guitar when you're mixing the song is mid-range articulation. …Yeah, you want low frequencies. You want all that stuff below 100 Hertz, …those deep tones that kind of hold the bass in there and work with the kick drum …But you need that sound of what the bass is doing, the harmonics and the, the …upper tones of the bass. A lot of this stuff is in the 500 hertz …realm, 200 hertz, that kind of stuff. So when recording bass guitar, I really …like to use a bass amp. We got an am peg b15 here that my friend …has loaned me. It's a fantastic amp for recording bass.…
But really, you can use all kinds of different amps. …I've used guitar amps. I've used really small bass amps. …I've used really big bass amps. And it's just about getting the tones set. …
First, Larry introduces basic signal flow techniques that will improve any recorded sound. Then he explains some of his recording secrets, like how to capture acoustic guitars and vocals at the same time, how to choose the best microphone for a vocalist, and how to use stereo mics and room placement to create an ensemble sound on a single performer.
- Understanding input signal path
- Gain staging
- Checking phase on a drum kit
- Miking snare drums
- Comparing vocal mics
- Recording live acoustic guitar with vocals
- Using distortion with bass guitar
- Finding the best drum placement in rooms
- Recording upright piano
- Creating your own style