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Recording Bass: Parallel Compression
Recording Bass

Recording Bass: Parallel Compression

For this month’s “Recording Bass” column, Travis Huisman dives in to the topic of parallel compression and how to incorporate it into your bass tracks.

How To Record Bass Like The Beatles In 1964
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How To Record Bass Like The Beatles In 1964

In addition to being a bass player, I’m also an engineer. I love old microphones and such. I thought this was a cool video detailing how Paul McCartney got his bass sound in his days at Abbey Road. Love that Hofner tone!

Recording Bass: Upright Bass For Classical and Rock Music
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Recording Bass: Upright Bass For Classical and Rock Music

Travis Huisman has received emails from readers thanks to his popular “Recording Bass” column. Some have asked about recording the double bass. In this edition, Travis shares some thoughts on recording in both classical and pop/rock settings.

Recording Bass: Deep Subwoofer Bass on Pop/Rock Music
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Recording Bass: Deep Subwoofer Bass on Pop/Rock Music

In the early 2000s, there was a popular technique producers used when recording bass: blending in a subwoofer track. After some experimentation, Travis Huisman successfully recreated that sound. He shares his steps in this new “Recording Bass” column.

Recording Bass: DI vs. Microphone (Or Combo)
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Recording Bass: DI vs. Microphone (Or Combo)

There is a long-lasting debate on whether you should record your bass tracks with a DI or a microphone. In this edition of “Recording Bass,” Travis Huisman breaks downs the pros and cons for each.

Recording Bass: How To Better Prepare For Bass Tracking Day
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Recording Bass: How To Better Prepare For Bass Tracking Day

All of my favorite albums have a distinct bass tone throughout. That is not because they just winged it on bass tracking day. Bassists need preparation tactics ahead of time. Here are some tips you can use to end up with a better tracking day.

Recording Bass: 5 Tips To Make Your Recordings Have a Tighter Low End
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Recording Bass: 5 Tips To Make Your Recordings Have a Tighter Low End

Travis Huisman is back with another “Recording Bass” column. In this one he shares tips about avoiding that muddy (or non-existent) low end he finds in a lot of his client’s projects.

5 Audio Plugins To Make Your Bass Recordings Instantly Better
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5 Audio Plugins To Make Your Bass Recordings Instantly Better

Recording bass guitar at home is not difficult with the vast amount of quality plugins available to you today. Travis Huisman breaks things down with 5 audio plugins to make your bass recordings instantly better.

Should You Record Yourself Practicing?
Ask Damian Erskine

Should You Record Yourself Practicing?

A reader asked Damian about his thoughts on recording yourself practicing. Damian, who has long been an advocate of this, breaks down the benefits of recording your practice sessions in this week’s “Ask” column.

The Lightbulb Moment: Keeping Time In The Studio
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: Keeping Time In The Studio

I pledge allegiance to the time… set by the drummer? By the click? Somewhere in between? These days, almost all recordings are done to a click track. And why not? It forces everyone to be aware of the desired tempo and to be responsible for their own sense of good time-keeping. It eliminates huge fluctuations, assuring that the adrenaline rush...

How Do I Become a Good Session Musician?
Ask Damian Erskine

How Do I Become a Good Session Musician?

Q: Do You have any advice for those bassists aspiring to become session musicians? Not so much how to get exposure but how to handle yourself, gear, getting lines on the first take, being solid, etc… A: I’ve always found the studio to be very satisfying. I’m one of those players who wouldn’t mind being solely a session bassist. Invisible...

Recording Audio and Video
Ask Damian Erskine

Recording Audio and Video

Q: I want to record audio/video simultaneously that I can easily post to social media. I’d want the range to go from solo bass pieces or pedal reviews recorded at home to live coffeehouse/house party “warts and all” mono live duo/trio recordings. I’d want to use two cameras for close-ups on the solo pieces/demos and two/three angles of video for...