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mappee 2nd February 2014 09:55 PM

Bass Guitar general thoughts.
 
Normal for Bass to vary per tune and style but I'm curious if you
have some favorite techniques or preferences in recording or mixing
this instrument?
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Can't argue with those choices! Thanks for reply and looking forward
to diagram.
Is that multiple LA-3A's chained or 1/track, 1/mix?

SylviaMassy 7th February 2014 03:11 AM

The ultimate bass rig and recording set-up:

Fender Jazz Bass
Ampeg SVT vintage 70's bass head
Ampeg 8x10 bass cab
Countryman DI
Neve 1073 mic pre/EQ
Urie LA-3As

BOOM!
I will come back with a diagram of this one!!!!!

stuartb 7th February 2014 02:30 PM

Do you have a favourite mic for bass cabs?

brill bedroom 7th February 2014 03:27 PM

Sylvia, if you don't mind me asking, what is it about the LA-3A that you particularly like on bass compared to some of your other compressors? I'm sure it' s mostly a matter of trial and error and this signal chain working for you over the years, but as you have access to all those sexy, bug broadcast limiters, etc. I have to wonder what it is about the LA-3A that does it for you.

BTW, I spent one morning at Sunset Sound w/you on a Powerman 5K album, with my hungover band trying to extemporize 3 part harmonies over a song we had never heard before and you were an absolute peach; very encouraging and pleasant as we struggled to come up with something.

SylviaMassy 10th February 2014 09:14 PM

A little bit more about my favorite bass set-up. I choose the LA-3A's just for ease and consistency. They are often two in a rack, and I am used to the analog metering. I put the DI in one side and the amp in the other. Plug in and go. Easy-peasy.

I prefer a single Sennheiser 421 close micing the Ampeg cab. AKG D112 is another option. I don't usually use condenser mics on bass cabs :)

mappee 10th February 2014 09:46 PM

Thanks for clarification and further detail. You're a breadth of fresh air in your sharing.
Many great recordings to you!

Methlab 13th February 2014 11:16 PM

Hi Sylvia, I am a jazz bass guy myself. Related to that, I have a question : Do you ever mess with or ask the player to adjust the tone rolloff knob when you track, or do you prefer it wide open?

TinderArts 17th February 2014 12:42 AM

Do you prefer passive basses over active?