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Bass sound of "Celebrity skin"
Old 13th March 2013
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Gear Head
 
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Bass sound of "Celebrity skin"

Hi Michael!
Thank you for doing this Q&A!

The sound of "Celebrity skin" is one of the biggest I've ever heard and I often use that song as a reference for bass sound.
Can you tell us something about that?

Thank you very much!
Guybrush
Old 14th March 2013
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Michael Beinhorn
 
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Hi-

Thanks and it continues to be my pleasure.

Re; the bass on Celebrity Skin- I'm a bit hazy on some of the details. We definitely cut it with a Fender P, although I don't recall if it was Melissa's. The primary amp was a mid-70's SVT head with an 8x10 cab- probably same era. Pretty sure we augmented this with some kind of guitar amp for crunch- probably a Marshall- and honorable mention goes to Paul Northfield for that. I don't for the life of me recall the mics we used or the DI- but at that point, I generally integrated Neve 1058's into any bass/guitar recording I did. I don't recall any compression anywhere in the chain, although definitely some eq.

I tend to go for a bass sound that will augment the drum sound- so the drums often determine what kind of tonal properties the bass will have. This approach means that bass- and all instrument sounds- can be highly variable from project to project.
Old 14th March 2013
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Michael Beinhorn
 
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I also can't forget the DBX 120 X Subharmonic Synth which always gives the low end a little boost.
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