Join Larry Crane for an in-depth discussion in this video Using distortion with bass guitar, part of Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Recording.
So being a bass player and a recording engineer I pay particular attention to …the tone of the bass when I'm working on a session. …One of the things I really like to do is use a little bit of distortion sometimes …to bring out the tones of the sound of the bass and really fill it in, in a …different kind of way. You can do really overt tones like this …big muff here. Ooh. …(MUSIC) And that's a big fuzzy sound that, you know, can kind of take over a track.…
You might want to be careful if you've got a lot of guitars in there that have a …similar tone. Also like to do sounds that are a little …more subtle, like I use this comp tortion pedal by Tech 21 quite a bit. …And this has got some really nice sounds to it. …(MUSIC) You can hear in that, that there's kind of a muted tone where the …low mids are really nice and full compared to the big muff there earlier. …And that can really sit in the track where you sometimes don't even notice …that it's really got distortion. It just brings out the articulation of …
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