recording guitar as a bass?

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Marijuana Czar
Member Since: Oct 01, 2009

hey ive only got an electric guitar and i wanna record a bass guitar but am too broke to afford one
does anyone have any cost effective ways of turning a guitar into a bass through DAW fx plugins or anything like that?
i dont just wanna pitch shift the guitar to a low key sound, maybe i have to eq it or something??/ lemme know
thanks in advance

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Since: Apr 03, 2002

Feb 06, 2010 08:22 am

I've heard far better results just using a bass sample in a VST synth than trying to downtune a guitar.

Since: Sep 30, 2009

Feb 06, 2010 09:58 am

Ya, i agree. Even General Midi stuff is going to sound better than using a guitar. They just aren't meant to sound like a bass. Check out any GM in your daw. Then look for freebees.

'The Flying Dutchman'
Since: Jan 11, 2006

Feb 06, 2010 10:29 am

I used to recorded a clean guitar track, then compressed and EQ'ed the hell out of it. Worked just fine for me for several years. But nothing beats the real thing ofcourse
Since: Nov 27, 2007

Feb 06, 2010 06:50 pm

well youre talking big big steps down to be able to use a guitar, i'd go the vst for sure. they sound ok.

Since: Sep 30, 2009

Feb 06, 2010 07:34 pm

Some of the VST's sound realllly good actually. My guess for a price range for them would be... eh $100-200. But for free, general midi stuff is reallyyy common. And it'll get the job done, especially if there are always guitars or piano playing and it doesn't have to take center stage.

I am not a crook's head
Since: Mar 14, 2003

Feb 07, 2010 11:10 am

A pitch-shifted clean electric guitar or even an acoustic guitar can sound OK. If you record it clean, shift it down an octave and see how it sounds. Add compression like you would to a regular bass track and see if that meets your needs.

I was in the same boat a while back and bought an octave pedal. Didn't work like I'd hoped. I ended up just buying a super cheap SX bass from Rondo.

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