Track­ing live bass

What’s the best process for adding a real bass gui­tar record­ing to my tracks?

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Adding a spot of real bass to your record­ings will bring a lot to the table in terms of vibe and soul. Be­fore you even start record­ing, make sure you have your bass prop­erly set up by a good tech so that it plays and func­tions op­ti­mally. It’s al­ways best to try and record whole takes through your tune from start to fin­ish, then comp one main take to­gether from sev­eral run­throughs – this gives you op­tions and takes the pres­sure off too! Sub­tle, or not so sub­tle, ways to pro­vide bite and enough power to set up eu­phoric cho­ruses. Here’s how it’s done…

Now that your take is comped, you can ‘flat­ten’ (merge) it for fur­ther edit­ing. If your tim­ing is off, sim­ply switch on flex time and quan­tise the whole take to your de­sired res­o­lu­tion, (much as you would MIDI takes). Your take is now ready for fi­nal pro­cess­ing and mix­ing.

Once you’ve recorded sev­eral takes and are sat­is­fied that you have enough qual­ity ma­te­rial to work with, you can be­gin to comp a fi­nal take to­gether. Logic’s ‘quick swipe’ comp­ing lets you sim­ply swipe across the area you want, in­clud­ing in the main take. Job done!

Check your in­put level and play as loudly as you’re go­ing to play, mak­ing sure the chan­nel doesn’t clip. Have a few prac­tice runs through and then start record­ing, or go straight into record – of­ten your ini­tial ‘mess­ing around’ or takes may end up as the takes!

Firstly, de­cide if you’re go­ing to run through an amp, record di­rect through your in­ter­face, or use both meth­ods and com­bine the record­ings. A miked cab blended with a DI sig­nal gives you the best of both worlds, and you can use ei­ther or both in your fi­nal mix.

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