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