miced amps vs. direct line input

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A drummers every step is music
Member Since: May 15, 2005

I've been messing around with a few things, and I'm not getting some of the results from my bass amp with the direct line input. I like the way the guitar kind of cleans up but im wondering if micing the amps will give it a more lively sound,make it seem "bigger", and possibly increase the volume. If i could do this with the direct line input what are some ways to do so. Thanks.

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Since: Feb 07, 2005

Jun 07, 2005 01:39 pm

Hey deserodrums, here is a product that was recommended to me in another thread. I have not used this product yet but I have done a lot of reading about it since I first heard about it and it has great reviews. Read up on a SansAmp direct box and see if this is the sort of thing you are looking for.

Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Jun 07, 2005 01:50 pm

don't be shy, stick a mic up there, and see what happens!

Dub head
Since: May 03, 2004

Jun 07, 2005 02:28 pm

I guess it depends on the tone you are looking for. My bass player plays a Modulas bass through an Eden head and cab. We have recorded DI with his SansAmp, without the SansAmp direct out from the Eden, and also miced his cab. I know I personally like the way the micing sounds because it gives a fatter, less clean tone. However, he likes to go DI because he enjoys the cleaner, more pronounced tones he gets that way. So to answer your question, whatever you think sounds best.

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

Jun 07, 2005 11:52 pm

As far as I know, blending the direct signal with a mic'd cab is the way to go for a great full sound. Some people even mic the bass itself to get the fret and string play in the mix also.

jimmie neutron
Since: Feb 14, 2005

Jun 08, 2005 06:52 am

I'd say the determining factors are the quality of the instrument and the quality of the playing. At our band's re-union in March, our bass player borrowed a bass (he hadn't played in years!) of questionable quality and we DI'd it, no mic at all. Boy, am I sorry we did that. Sounded fine "live" thru the amp. I've tried all kinds of VST & DX plugs & amp sims, in a vain attempt to improve the quality of the DI sound. I can't quite get it to sound like a bass. AND, since we all live about 300 miles apart, it's kinda tuff to get another take of his parts... I'd mic up the amp also, and can the take if you don't need it. But if you do, there it is!

Bane of All Existence
Since: Mar 27, 2003

Jun 09, 2005 04:12 am

Don't forget that direct signals and the mic'd signals will be both out of phase and time. In one position, the blend could be full, but thin and tinny in another. I'm using the little labs ibp for any of my phase adjustments so it's not a problem, but it seriously is night and day, don't want you to get discouraged with your results!

Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Jun 09, 2005 11:08 am


phase issues can cause a mixer to go on an endless quest for the perfect eq to compensate, which could not only waste your time, but cause you to question your own ability to mix, which will allow you to start thinking things like, "truck drivin' school dosn't sound like a bad idea". it's maddness i tell ya, MADNESS!

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