My friend has recently started playing double bass and is going to be playing in Rockabilly band and a covers band. He is looking at getting some pick ups for his double bass but will be looking for two different sounds for each band. He plans on running the bass through a bass amp with smaller speakers to get more punch.
For the rockabilly band he is look for a punchy sound and to pick up alot of slap and click from the fret board.
For the covers band he is looking for more rounded bassy sound.
So far he has been looking at putting a piezo under the bridge using a magnetic pick up at the bottom of the fret board and has also been looking into using a drum trigger at the back of the fret board for extra click. He is going to need a pre with 3 inputs and a mix so all three sources can be mixed. He plays with nylon strings but is going to be switching to steel strings so any suggestions here would be great as well.
He will be looking at recording with me with his setup once both bands are ready so I'm trying to help him get the right sound out of his bass and rig.
If anyone plays the double bass or has any experience recording them in rockabilly type bands any ideas would be great as my background is in hard rock / metal.
Im going on my own physics assumption that dynamic ribbons if used properly will give the best wide open bass frequency
so out of curiosity
I would suggest suspending a ribbon motor inside of
the of a bass
kinda how they put the dowel in a violin
build a ribbon motor to a suspended dowel
My guess is that probably won't work very well, due to the bidirectional nature of ribbon mics - the pressure on the 2 sides of the ribbon will tend to balance in the enclosed body of the instrument. Better to use a pressure gradient mic like an omni condenser than a velocity type like a ribbon.
Also, rockabilly standup basses tend to get knocked around a lot and ribbons are fragile.