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Old 9th September 2002
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Bass amp mics

Hi guys,

What are your "go-to" mics for bass guitar cab...

Does it vary much from session to session, player to player, instrument to instrument, head to head?
Old 9th September 2002
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For me, I start with a Sm57 and 421 on the cab. Sometimes I'll throw up a ATM25. I'm usually doing punk/hardcore stuff, so the bass player is going to for a deep, mid scooped, but "pick clicky" sound.

Ian
Old 9th September 2002
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M149 on an Ampeg B15 (rented)
Old 10th September 2002
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FET 47 or Sennheiser 421...

but lately its been a DI multed of to 2 different compressors and Eq and one with a bit of GTR pedal action like a sansamp or other stomp box.

PEACE
Wiggy
Old 10th September 2002
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These days its been either a D-112 or a RE-20. For more of a natural/mid sound a 414.
Old 10th September 2002
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FET 47 or BLUE Mouse on Ampeg B-15...

(don't forget the IBP!)
Old 10th September 2002
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Soundelux E47 in hypercardiod on an Ampeg 4x10 VST LF cab. IMNSHO there is nothing better. Use the DI for the droning lows if necessary. YMMV.
Old 10th September 2002
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🎧 15 years
FET 47 for me usually... A U48 also works pretty well in some cases.

I've always wanted to try that Beyer mic that Albini supposedly uses on bass cabs...I think it's an older version of the TG-X 50.

Haven't had a chance to try it yet, but I'd bet that a Royer R-121 could be pretty effective.

-Moze
Old 10th September 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by Moze
I'd bet that a Royer R-121 could be pretty effective.
Or a Coles 4038 considering it's a few Kilometers fatter.
Old 10th September 2002
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SM7 + old Ampeg.
Old 11th September 2002
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Beware of using ribbon mics on bass amps. I tried that once and blew it up. The amp was the little SWR I have here, 80 watts with a single 10" and it was low enough that you could easily talk over it. I go with either a 421, Beta 52 or AT4047 depending on my mood and what I think is going to work. If it sounds good I move on.
Old 11th September 2002
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last "live session" i had, was a:

62 jazz bass > walter woods head > some SWR i think....
(not sure, I tracked the main tune that day and mixed it that night)

anyways, the walter woods DI went to a BA 1272
a standard AKG d-112 went on the upper left cone, facing away from the kit so that to catch any bleed really off axis

the combo and mix used ZERO compression, and only three Waves Masters Phase Linear EQs - to EQ the kick in/out and Bass DI - the D-112 stayed stock

In mix I did breakpoint automation / fader rides. Why do you ask? because the quiality of the bass for the mix after automation was dead on for the sound they wanted. It was actually better and traslated better than the Blue Note mastered mix they were aiming to beat. Happy clients makes me happy - they all commented about the translation "this **** bands in my stock car stereo," i even dubbed a copy to S-VHS so that they could reference the bass on their TVs - did i mention the bassist was the producer

anyways, most of the mix was done on my Tivoli Audio Model Two's (three inch radio speakers that are somewhat accurate is freq response down to 20hz from what I was told. I dub them theauratones of the 22nd century . Look for a thread on them shortly

rock out your nice basses and great basists, I hear Dave Martin is the MAN on an, well bass. Dave, let us hear how you record yourself?
Old 11th September 2002
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The Producer / bassist - as we tracked in one room that rotated between control room and live room - pick out the gearlut savy gear in the pic that's pretty good for a bunch of goons like us :eek:

anyways - tha's a mean bassist on a mean bass, no compression - that's why it sounds good, he just makes me look damn good
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Old 11th September 2002
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And here is the off-axis action d-112 getting little bleed directing 2' from the kit, how bout that as mel allen would say...
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Old 11th September 2002
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U195... sometimes a U99 for more growl.
Old 11th September 2002
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My D12 is my bass amp goto mic. It's a no brainer: no matter how many shootout's I've done the D12 always takes the cake. If for some reason I'm in a bind, a 47 FET would be my 2nd choice. I bought both of these, and usually take them from session to session.
Old 11th September 2002
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My go-to mic is one of three older 57s I have than nothing has beat yet for me. I throw up other mics, but keep coming back to that 57 for its punch and workability in the mix. I wish I could find more 57s like that.

Superstitiously, I avoid using a mic on bass that is also on the kick. My go-to mics on kick are the ATM25/RE20/421/47fet/414 (rarely a 57), so the 57 doesn't usually break my little rule.
Old 1st November 2011
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🎧 10 years
If you likw FET47 sound on bass cabinet I suggest to try Vintage 47 (v47) from JZ Microphones. It is so hard to find really nice FET47 nowadays...
Old 1st November 2011
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Bass amp mics

421. M380. 414. U87. Re20. Re27. Mc740. Multipattern LDCs are really useful. Omni on bass cab can work really well.
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My go-to is either an EV RE-20 right on the grill or a Neumann TLM-170i 6-12" back...or, if I want a bit of grind/point/attitude, a Sennheiser MD421 on the grill. If it's an old B15 playing quietly in a nice room without too much leakage I'll put up an RCA 44BX.

I've also gotten great results from a Shure KSM44 in figure-8 placed between two bass cabs facing one another...but ya gotta play around with distance so that they're summing nicely, so it's not quick, hence not really a "go-to" choice.

I've been meaning to try the Heil PR40 on bass cabs, but haven't gotten around to that yet.
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I have been using a Heil PR40 and getting great results. I like a Mic Pre with a Tranny for tracking Bass Amp, so the John Hardy M1 or a Neve 1272/API 312 if I want a bit more color. I sometimes will use a Compressor while tracking if the music calls for it. In that case a Disstressor with Low Pass Filter engaged in the side chain, and ratio of 2-1 taking off -4 -6 db.
Old 1st November 2011
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Last night: 609 right on one of the four 10" & MG UM70 in omni about 3 ft. from the cab.
Frequent starting points: Sennheiser 441 or Beyer M88.
Old 1st November 2011
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Normally I just take a direct line out of the pre after the eq section but when I do mic my amp I have been using a cad e100s. That's really becoming my goto mic lately, I've been using it on lots of stuff. Well, I usually only record guitar and bass so not tons of stuff but almost all my stuff
Old 2nd November 2011 | Show parent
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I'm currently in a bass recording, micing 2 cabinets for deeper bass.
4x10 - Beta52 and ND468, 2x12 - D6 and M71S as room.
not sure if it's overkill but it sounds great to me. I'm getting a different mic sets for a more focused mid and less low end.
Old 1st February 2012
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I actually tried the Audix D6 not to long ago on my Bass cab when recording and it was a pretty cool sound. it gives you more low end than the direct signal and is less stringy sounding than the direct signal as well. so it is a good blend with tracking bass direct.
Old 2nd February 2012
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U47 fet, Md421, Akg d12
Old 2nd February 2012
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my favorite from my own mic locker is my C-38A.

i don't like most dynamics that contour the LF, like D112, Beta52, etc. or have too much LF rolloff, like the 57, MD421..

sometimes an MD441 sounds cool, as does an RE20.

at other studios i have liked how the TLM170 worked. a tube U67 can also sound great.
Old 2nd February 2012
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Beyer M88 works every time. I track using that with a Chandler LTD 1 or a Vintech X73 mic pre followed by a Langevin optical limiter.
Old 2nd February 2012
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My favorite sound in quite a while was a Lucas CS-1 about 3 feet out in front of a blackface Princeton Reverb with a 12" speaker. It was exactly what I wanted to hear.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Showcase ➑️
U47 fet, Md421, Akg d12
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