Miking an upright bass??????????

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Member Since: Jun 28, 2007

I am going to be recording a rockabilly/ska type band. the bass player plays an upright with a pickup thru a GK amp and GK 4X10 cabinet. I don't think I am going to have any problems with the low end I am just not sure what the best method will be to get that snappy string sound that is so essential for their style.......Would setting up a condenser above the strings do the trick, or is there a better method I should try?

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Since: Aug 17, 2004

Aug 10, 2007 10:19 pm

Rockabilly, awesome! I'd love to record something like that.

Yeah, I'd say the condensor on the strings, some where in the middle of the fret board depending where he's playing. Trying to get the fingers I guess?

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

Aug 11, 2007 11:36 am

Start about 24" away from the fingerboard, pointing at the bottom or tail of the fingerboard. Moving toward the bridge will give you more bottom, moving up the fingerboard more highs and finger action. A second mic at the center of the body will give you a full sound you can blend in. Watch and listen carefully as you move the mikes toward and away from the 'F' holes. You want some of that sound escaping from the cavity but not too much as it will yeild a full but muddy sound with a lot of uncontrolled lower mid content along with air rushing sound. A DI box like the Fishman platnum is a real nice tap to have in the recording as well if possible and depending on the quality of the pick-up(s) on the beast.

Good luck! If you can capture it well it will yeild a gorgous sound like no other.

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