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Recording an electric bass with an amplifier

This lesson is for week 1 of Introduction To Music Production at Coursera.org
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Roberto Buron

on 5 February 2014

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How to: Recording an electric bass with an amplifier.
Hi, I'm Roberto Burón, a bassplayer from Spain.

This lesson is for week 1 of Introduction To Music Production at Coursera.org.

I'm going to show you how to record an electric bass with an amplifier in your studio.
LET'S GO!!!
First of all, you should always remind to turn down the input trim, switch off the phantom power and your studio monitors, to avoid clips and clicks.
OPTION 1
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XLR CABLE - XLR CABLE - XLR CABLE
OPTION 2
Connect the bass to your amplifier with a 1/4 TS CABLE.

Connect the line out of your amplifier with your Interface with a 1/4 TS CABLE
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I prefer using my amplifier to record my bass because I like the sound of the preamp of my amp and because I like to use it like a monitor and that way I don't have any problems with the latency.
OPTION 3
TS CABLE-TS CABLE-TS CABLE-TS CABLE-TS CABLE
XLR CABLE - XLR CABLE - XLR CABLE
Connect the bass to a DI with a 1/4 TS CABLE.

Connect the DI with your Interface with a XLR CABLE.

You can use your amplifier like a monitor, linking it from the DI with a 1/4 TS CABLE. This way the amplifier will be ONLY a monitor, but you are not recording the sound of the amp.
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OPTION 4
TS CABLE-TS CABLE-TS CABLE-TS CABLE-TS CABLE
XLR CABLE - XLR CABLE - XLR CABLE
In adition to option 3, you can record line and amp signal using the DI.

You need to add a microphone in front of your amplifier and connect it with your Interface.

To go on with this option, you need an interface with at least two inputs.

You are going to have two bass tracks, so you can mix both to have a better bass sound in your song.
TS CABLE-TS CABLE-TS CABLE
XLR CABLE - XLR CABLE - XLR CABLE
This is my first time studying about Music Production (because I'm self-taught in that), and this is my first time doing an All In English Course, so I'm sure there will be some technical mistakes or maybe misspellings . For sure you can help me to do it better next time. Thank you for paying attention and SEE YOU!
robertoburon@gmail.com
I think I've recorded my bass all this ways. I've recorded my bass without an amplifier too, in my home studio, pluggin it directly to the Instrument input of my Interface. So if you have any question about bass recording, you can write me and I'll try to do my best to help you.
Connect the bass to your amplifier with a 1/4 TS CABLE.

Set a microphone in front of the amplifier and connect it to your Interface with a
XLR CABLE.
Recording an electric bass
with an amplifier.

robertoburon@gmail.com
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