How To Record World Class Bass Tone (Home Studio)

I get lots of questions about bass gear and recording and - especially - EQ and compression.

My setup is really simple and I'll show you it to you in this bass tutorial. Hopefully this will give you some ideas to use on your tone quest!


The Essence Of Great Bass Tone

The following is what I consider to be non-negotiable when it comes to recording bass at home. 

  1. A well setup bass guitar
  2. Good quality cables
  3. Good DI and analog/digital converters. I use the Avalon U5 and Universal Audio Apollo 8
  4. A decent computer and digital audio workstation (I use a 2020 iMac and Logic Pro X).

I rarely use EQ or compression, preferring instead to start with a fantastic bass tone (from the instrument and strings).

I record bass remotely for a living (www.onlinebassplayer.com) and like to record my bass well for my YouTube videos. If you want to turn pro then you need to invest like I have. If not, you can get MUCH cheaper versions of everything I use. 

The barrier to recording your own music at home is as low as ever so, if you're interested, get a small budget together and invest in some gear that will allow you to get started. 


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