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[Getting started] Direct recording a bass guitar


Nantho Valentine

Nantho Valentine
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1 Posted on 10/19/2017 at 09:13:30
Direct recording a bass guitar
After two articles dealing with the pre-requisites for any bass recording worthy of the name, today we will dive into the heart of the matter with the direct recording of a bass guitar.

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2 Posted on 10/21/2017 at 10:15:28
There is a basic fallacy in the beginning of this article, factually incorrect: An active instrument MAY be able to be directly plugged into a line input, but most cannot - their output is too low in level for a clean recording (or live amplification). They need a DI into a mic input for best sound. That said, the general rule is, active instruments (usually defined by having a battery on board) can use a passive (transformer only) DI box, and a passive intrument usually likes to have an active (phantom powered) DI.

But even that is only a general rule. I usually use active DIs most of the time, except on keyboards which have more robust output stages. But even there, an active DI will work fine if that is what you have!

Lou Judson, professional live and recording engineer.
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