Recording a Bass VI



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Recording a Bass VI

Postby gae86 » Sat Apr 09, 2016 11:16 am

Hi guys,
I want to start recording something with my Squier Bass VI. Usually I've been recording my JM through my pedalboard, into a presonus audiobox, into garageband. Now with the Bass VI I feel like the sound is very weak. Do I need some kind of bass preamp?
What do you use for recording?
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Re: Recording a Bass VI

Postby GardenoftheDead » Sat Apr 09, 2016 3:16 pm

Have you tried just plugging the bass VI straight into the interface and loading up one of the bass amp models to see if it changes the sound at all?
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Re: Recording a Bass VI

Postby gae86 » Sun Apr 10, 2016 5:15 am

yep, but still the sound is not so alive, somewhat dull
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Re: Recording a Bass VI

Postby rfurtkamp » Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:37 am

I either (or a combo of both, since I can) go DI into a Boss GT-001 through the normal pedalboard, or record through the amp.

No issue like you're describing.

I'd look at levels and EQ first-off.
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Re: Recording a Bass VI

Postby duffmcshark » Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:21 am

Is the strangle switch activated? I run mine through both guitar and bass rigs, recording with miked amps or SansAmp Character pedals into my interface. Never had an issue. When playing it like a guitar I use the strangle switch and keep it on the bridge pickup for the most part. When using it like a bass I usually keep the strangle off and use the middle or neck pickups, or any combination of the three.
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Re: Recording a Bass VI

Postby rfurtkamp » Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:33 am

Yea, I'm fairly similar, except I pretty much use the middle pickup as default for everything.

Add/remove them as needed, it's old hat after playing a Jaguar for so many years.
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Re: Recording a Bass VI

Postby louderthangod » Fri May 13, 2016 4:49 pm

I run my VI through a Mesa Mark III and a Sunn Concert into a 15 with a Sennheiser 421 on the Sunn and a Heil PR30 on the Mark III and I get a great mix of deep bass and some crunchy mids. I personally mic everything even bass, I've never liked DI tones, they just never sound as good to me with my recordings at least.
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Re: Recording a Bass VI

Postby GardenoftheDead » Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:53 pm

So "dullness" to me sounds like it's probably just the limitations of your audio interface's preamps unfortunately.
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Re: Recording a Bass VI

Postby BoatRich » Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:32 pm

I record mine with an audix d6 on a bass cab, a sennheiser e609 on a guitar cab, and a clean DI for reamping/messing with in software.
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Re: Recording a Bass VI

Postby Bon Hoga » Tue Nov 08, 2016 9:04 am

BoatRich wrote:I record mine with an audix d6 on a bass cab, a sennheiser e609 on a guitar cab, and a clean DI for reamping/messing with in software.


This is the way to do it.
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