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Recording Basics: Bass DI - Warren Huart: Produce Like A Pro
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Hello there! It’s Warren Huart again. I hope you’re all doing marvelously well, and today, I’d like to talk about recording bass guitar.

Here we have a lovely bass guitar, such that the relatively inexpensive bass that I use a lot, it’s a Fender Jazz Bass, but it’s a Mexican made one. We’re going to be using this 1073 made by BAE. It’s about $1,000. That’s not a small amount of money, but what I love about this particular mic pre is it allows me to do a lot of things.

With the mic input here,I can record a vocal, obviously and acoustic guitar, you know. Whatever I like. Electric guitar, and then of course I’ve got the DI inputs where I can use for bass, or I could even DI an electric guitar as well and use some of the onboard plugins on the DAW.

It’s a Class A, incredibly well made pre which will pretty much get you by in any situation. It’s a really simple setup, I’m just going straight into the front with my quarter inch cable. It’s the DI here. I’m coming out of this, into an M-Box, and that is going into a laptop.

So here we are, we’re in record, and here’s our mic pre here.

Now, it’s got two ways to control it. You’ve got the input sensitivity, the input gain, and then the output volume, which is going to our DAW. This — there’s two ways that you could potentially have issues. You could distort by getting too hot a level into your DAW here, or you could distort on the input stage here like thus.

If I do this…

[bass, distorted]

Horrible. [laughs]

If I had this — let’s say I had it here and it was okay, but I bought this up a little too hot… Again, same thing.

So this kind of nice area here where you get a bit of the sound of the pre being — I’d say running a little hot — you know, you’re getting the circuits to work well, and then just back off the gain here, and we’re getting a pretty even, nice, even level.


[bass guitar]

This, the way it’s printing in a moment will probably allow for a fingerstyle…

[bass guitar, finger picked]

And also for a pick.

[bass guitar, picked]

So you know, we can get away with both.

Now, in a simple home recording situation, it’s great to just be able to print a DI, and you know, with all of the plugins that are available in your DAW, you could — you know, you can add distortion, you can add a lot of bottom end, you can do all kinds of fun things.

I think it’s very important with printing a DI that you print a good, clean signal that you can then do anything you’d like with.

Any questions you might have, please leave them in the comments below. I’d love to answer any questions, and we — I will be doing some more bass recording tips using a bass amp as well as a DI.

There’s a little trickiness with phase alignment and stuff like that. That’s why printing just a DI is pretty useful, because you can treat it afterwards to whatever you want and really get some amazing tones.

Happy recording! Any other questions you’d like, please leave them in the comments below, and I look forward to seeing you again soon! Thank you.


Warren Huart

Warren Huart

Warren Huart is an English record producer/musician/composer and recording engineer based in Los Angeles, California. Learn more at

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