Posted by El Pájaro on July 17, 2000 at 15:47:44:
Hi there boys and girls,
All right people, El Pájaro needs your assistance here...
I've been playing bass for quite a few years now but I'm pretty unexperienced when it comes to home recording. Recently I upgraded my computer so now it's ready to record direct to hard disk. I installed the proper software (Steinberg's Cubase turned out to be the easiest for me to use), had everything properly set up and was ready to have some fun laying down some bad-ass bass tracks.
Now here's what happened: before I recorded any bass, and just to make sure everything was working correctly, I did a vocal take with a microphone that recorded pretty well, only the input level was too hot so I lowered the input level in the soundcard's software. Next I plugged my bass directly into the soundcard's jack and proceeded to record a bass track. The bass recorded well also, but the input level was too low, so I returned the input level to its original setting assuming that would solve the problem ...well, it didn't. The bass kept recording too damn low, especially compared to the level of the vocal take.
So the question is: What did I do wrong? The volume controls on the bass were all the way up, and while I don't dig in too hard, I don't play too soft either. Is this a problem of the bass (passive Modulus VJ4 with Bartolinis and an added Moon AC-1 preamp)? Should a DI or some other device do the trick? Replies both on and off list will be welcome.
Buena suerte and keep your basses way up front in the mix (too damn bad I can't practice what I preach!!),
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