Post Number: 263
|Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 3:36 pm: |
I'm sure this has been discussed, but searching 'recording' brought up too many results.
So, question: how do you record your Alembics?
I'm particularly curious about the filters- I've always recorded how I like the bass to sound live. That's generally with my single filter (Essence electronics) somewhere between half and three quarters open. But I was recently thinking perhaps it'd be best to have the filter totally open, to get the full range of the instrument, and save all eq'ing/filtering for mixing. I'm generally going straight to the 'board' or whatever computer interface/pre is handy at the time (no outboard preamp, in the traditional sense).
Curious what others do and how it's worked. I'm sure you guys use your amp, preamps and mics too, so I'd be interested to hear about that, but mainly intersted in how you guys that go direct do it.
Post Number: 665
|Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011 - 3:49 pm: |
Recording straight to a DAW, I usually dial in my sound on the bass same as we both do live (filter rolled back a bit).... Thus far, every engineer has been impressed w/ my Alembic right off the bat!
But, if the facility has the capability to patch the SF-2 into the mixdown chain, then I leave my basses wide open, and tweak later.
Post Number: 881
|Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 10:34 am: |
I just try to get a good sound in the studio, set the controls on the bass the way I want, then into my F-2B, usually set with bass on about 4, mid around 5 or 6, treble on between 2 and 4 depending on the sound I am going for. Then I can always use my SF-2 later in mixing to tweak it.
In a different thread within the past couple of years someone mentioned recording with the filters all the way open as that seemed to be the "neutral" signal from the bass, then tone sculpt later.
Personally, I think that the filters add color and character and affect the way I play so I prefer to record the sound I am going for, but knowing that I can always tweak it more later! Love my SF-2!!!
Post Number: 2313
|Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 1:58 pm: |
I don't use a studio much so when I was going to go into the studio with a band I was in early last year, I posted a similar question on the forum. Thankfully Jimmy Johnson responded and advised me to give the engineer the sound I want.
That's what I did and the sound came out great.
I guess there are as many right answers as there are personal tastes.
Post Number: 781
|Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 6:06 pm: |
I use the direct out on the back of my MarkBass amp straight to my board. With everything set the same way as a live gig. Sounds great.
Post Number: 864
|Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 7:21 pm: |
neck filter rolled off & bridge filter wide open with cvq's @ 75%.....1982. http://mghost.musicgroups.com/sitephp/musicians/public/music.php?Music=kbarnes
Post Number: 559
|Posted on Wednesday, February 02, 2011 - 11:47 am: |
Super greasy extra groovy funkification Keavin!
Post Number: 585
|Posted on Thursday, February 03, 2011 - 4:03 am: |
Since activated filter brings one resonance bump at central frequency cut off, you must let it where it sounds good.
You must trust on your reference monitors to know where it must be exactly set, because using it all open simply means that you will be pushing 6KHz hard. This is not flat or extended response, this is a choice on tone tottaly different from pumping 2.5K, 1.2K or 650Hz.
Keep in mind that Alembic's Eq sistem is nothing like Fender's at all. The "right" setting is the one you get the tone you desire. If you can trust your monitors, you can reach your tone, the question is how to make them "trustable" (since reflections at hearing position can really change monitors tonal response at mids and standing waves can lie much about lows).
In a properly designed studio you should just seat at engineer's place to decide how open you must use it. Any decision about tone in a recording facility relies on how flat are monitor's response. If you are not sure about that, keep using your regular settings. If it works at PA, it must fairly work at Studio.
I wrote something about how trust your cabinets/monitors here:
Post Number: 882
|Posted on Thursday, February 03, 2011 - 7:31 am: |
Well said Mario!
Post Number: 265
|Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - 11:16 am: |
Thanks to everyone for the responses. And Kevin- awesome picture.