When recording bass guitar, it often takes several different takes before you are able to achieve the perfect tone that you were after. Different settings provide you with various sounds, depending on what your goal is. For example, a C414 setting gives you an airy touch, while an on-axis SM57 gives you a much smoother tone when the recording is played back. Finding the perfect setting is crucial in creating the perfect recording for your individual tastes.
- Everyone has their own preference when it comes to bass guitar recordings. Some like the soothing nature of off-axis, and others like the strength of the DI sound.
- When composing your mixes, you can get about 10 different takes out of just a couple tracks by mixing and matching them.
- If you want the process to be as precise as possible, you want to try to get the recording as close to perfect as possible from the beginning.
“Instead of trying to get the perfect result resorting to compression and EQ, which will obviously damage the natural quality of the recordings, you could always mix several tracks in order to get the best out of each of them and get the sound you are looking for.”