Recording Bass Guitar Direct

Posted: November 11, 2017 in Gear, Tricks of the Trade
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I usually record bass guitar both through a DI and through an amp. The DI provides a lot of the weight and lower harmonics, and the amp adds low-mid punch and definition to the sound. I’ve been relatively happy using standard DI boxes (Whirlwind, Radial, etc.) through my rather strange but wonderful Peavey VMP-2 tube preamp.

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That monster is one great bass preamp. And between the two, the sound has been good.

But then I stumbled on this thing:

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The A-Designs Audio, Reddi Tube Direct Box. Quite simply put, this is an indispensable piece of studio gear for those who want rich, multi-harmonic bass sounds from an electric bass guitar in the recording studio. I auditioned one for a project and immediately went and bought one. It was that good. The direct sound I was able to get from my Fender American Deluxe P-Bass was ridiculous! So ridiculous that it gave me enough low-mid punch, along with lower harmonics, when tracked through my Focusrite ISA 430 Producer Pack Channel Strip (with very little eq), that I decided to go straight into the board without the amp for the bass on Mundo Brew’s latest CD. The sound was great, and the mixing simple – the bass sat in the mix like a champ!

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Comments
  1. Joan Dayton says:

    Congratulations! It reads like Greek but by faith I know it’s great.

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Scott McClure says:

    Sounds like great piece of gear!

    Scott H. McClure MD. 90 S. Cascade Ave., Suite 1020 Colorado Springs, CO. 80903 719-578-9149

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  3. revdr2nz says:

    Sounds great!

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