In this premium video tutorial we demonstrate 4 different ways of recording fat sounding bass guitar tones using a bass guitar amp. For this tutorial, we used an Orange combo amp and Fender Jazz Bass as these two make a great starting point for solid bass tone. That said, it really doesn’t matter what bass or amp you reach for, tone is in the fingers of the performer and in confident performances which play to the groove and vibe of a song.
Examples Of Bass Amp Recording Covered In This Tutorial
Method X: Not using a bass guitar amp at all, instead opting to record direct from the bass into an audio interface input. We have included this example for context.
Method 1: Recording direct out of the amp head.
Method 2: Recording with microphones in front of the speaker. We provide a comparison between the sounds of a dynamic kick drum microphone and large diaphragm condenser.
Method 3: Recording both direct out and a single microphone on the speaker.
Method 4: Re-amping the recording of Method X out of the DAW into the amp’s input to be able to adjust both mic placement and amp tone.
This tutorial will be useful for bass players who regularly record their own parts and struggle with getting new and interesting tones down in their productions. Bass amps are a great tool to use for stamping a low end signature and foundation in a production, watch this video to learn how to get the most out of your next bass amp recording.
What Gear You Will Need To Be Able To Try This For Yourself
Apart from the bass amp and guitar you really don’t need much else other than cables long enough to run between your interface and amp as well as having an interface with one or two available outputs if you wish to experiment with re-amping. Which type of microphone should you use? Watch our video tutorial to hear the differences between a dynamic and condenser on a bass amp speaker.
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The key takeaway from this tutorial is experimentation, use all the tools at your disposal. None of the techniques in this video are substitutes for good playing. Tone is in the fingers of good players and in confident performances that play true to a song’s feel, dynamics, groove and soul.