Post by spindrift on Sept 20, 2017 16:09:57 GMT -6
I just got an old hardware PSA-1 SansAmp....hoping it becomes a favorite bass tracking and/or mixing device. We'll see! I end up using the plugin a lot and am hoping to hear an improvement in the hardware version.
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Post by spindrift on Sept 20, 2017 16:17:19 GMT -6
I'm also shy these days about compressing the bass on the way in. I've overcompressed on tracking before and the lowend on my mix suffered greatly. I would say a good DI of the bass signal would be a favorite must-have for me.
Post by terryrocks on Sept 20, 2017 16:35:36 GMT -6
I've got a reddi and a zod iddi. Lately I've been pairing the di signal with a kemper reamp signal and blending the two with plugin compression and/or soundtoys decapitator. I also have a stam sa2a, but have lazily been using plugins instead
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Post by notneeson on Sept 20, 2017 17:31:57 GMT -6
Some fav outboard for bass: LA2As, modded LA4A, IC Brute, UA610 for color.
Most of the time I get the sound coming in, then maybe EQ in some upper mid bite if needed at mix. If I need something different than what I've got, I'm not afraid to bust out an amp sim for re-shaping, often in parallel. One of my fav. bass tones in recent history involved a P-Bass with flats driving a Budda guitar combo amp, bleeding into the room/drum mics, combined with a compressed DI. REDDI is cool too, had someone bring one in a while back.
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It appears everybody's giving answers for tracking bass, not mixing.
During mixing we generally use an Allison Research Gain-Brain.
Wow, an Allison on bass. Haven't tried that in awhile.
I don't have a standard thing. Depends on the bass approach. The closest to a standard would probably be the FCS P4DMS or P3 type in RMS mode. I know the designer is a bassist, and that was the start of his design quest. I am primarily a bassist too. I've used a lot of Distressor and Langevin ELOP on bass at times, Gates SA-38's, Collins 26U'S, dbx 903's. EV 666, AKG414, WE 633A, Samar MF65, Gefell UMT70. Gates SA-70, Collins 356A, RCA BA-2 and BA-3 and BA-71 and BA-101, Sytek. Whatever console or DAW EQ, TB 550A. Etc etc etc.
Post by stormymondays on Sept 24, 2017 4:07:58 GMT -6
Thanks for all the suggestions, all good!!! My modded DBX 160x is reserved for kick drum duties but I have to try it on bass. I have a pair of Golden Age Comp-3A, need to try it again on bass. I didn't feel it was adding too much to the party last time I tested that.
The Chandler RS124 suggestion is threatening my bank account though!!! I don't own any tube based comp, and happen to love the sounds from that era and studio...
Post by dandeurloo on Sept 25, 2017 10:41:42 GMT -6
I track with one of my ID DI's into a LA 2A almost always. I get a tone that rules and can then be pushed in a number of different directions if need be. Then at mix I will add distortion (via pedals) if I didn't track a distortion track and then I use my Sta Level on the bass during mix.
My favorite hardware for mixing bass is the mute button on the DI track.
Amen. If you're not getting a bass tone on the day I don't know what people expect.
Sometimes the amp sounds not much to brag about, at which point I'll mix in a bit of DI with a fast acting peak limiter. Not great, but it can give some definition to a poor bass tone.
Probably the most versatile bass player I work with (he's on a bunch of Mazzy Star records, but can play anything) does not bring an amp to the studio. Direct or through a DI he always sounds great. Last session we had him use both and it came out great. Another client who plays heavy, Jesus Lizard inspired rock— his tone is a solid state bass rig and a Plexi with a bunch of pedals. In that case, the DI is basically just a safety.