How to Ace your First Record Production
Check out this informative blog post from Trebas Institute for some great tips about acing your first record production, the kind of knowledge that you would learn in audio courses. Some producers might find decent synth patches but there is no substitute to a well played live bass sound. You can get cool bass sounds from valve amplifiers and these tend to distort in interesting ways you drive them hard. Compression is definitely the way to go, especially if you like some slap bass funk stylings. That would overload the recorder if not, or sound too quiet if you are trying to compensate for it. Compression evens up the overall mix to make it all sound louder and lowering the attack slightly will accentuate the start of the note for funkier sounds. This is interesting to mix the direct input sound with miking a bass amp, aiming the mic to one side for a warmer sound.
“Separate the kit and the bass amp as much as possible to avoid sound leakage, perhaps having other musicians in a different room connected using headphones. Even tight bands can slow down and speed up when playing live, so having the drummer play to a click track might help.
For bass, the simplest recording method is to DI (Direct Input, into the mixing board) with a DI box and some compression, but miking a good bass amp played loud enough with a decent non-vocal dynamic mic can yield great results, or combine both methods with audio courses tricks for a thicker bottom end!”
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