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Tracking Rock - Bass

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    Introduction (4:08)


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    Setting Up DI and Amp (6:01)


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    Checking the Phase (5:44)


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    Proper Recording Levels and Meters (5:15)


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    Compression and EQ (17:48)


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    Bass Arrangement (11:25)


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    Recording Bass and Punching (7:36)


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    Bass Amp Room (6:43)


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    Bass Distortion (5:16)


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    Mixing the Bass, Bussing and Sidechain (9:10)


Kenny Gioia returns with another installment of Tracking Rock, this time focusing on the lowest of frequencies, bass guitar. You'll see how to track bass guitar from top to bottom and everything in between.

Kenny starts with an introduction where he introduces you to the song and outlines the videos to come. Next, Kenny goes over setting up to record the bass guitar, covering both amps and direct boxes. Then, Kenny shows you how to check the phase to keep your sound waves in line without reducing your bottom end.

How to get proper recording levels are then explained, as well as how to apply compression and EQ to your bass sound. Arrangement tips are up next and Kenny discusses the pros and cons of playing with fingers and a pick. Tracking the actual bass part is then shown, and then Kenny uses some plug-ins to enhance the bass tone such as Bass Amp Room by Softube.

Applying distortion to the bass is then explored, to create more aggressive tones. Kenny wraps up the series with a great tutorial on how to mix the bass guitar in the song, utilizing a sidechain compressor, which allows the bass drum to cut through the bass guitar sound when it hits.

If you need to record bass guitar or are just getting into recording, this series will show you a proven method for tracking bass guitar and then mixing it in a song... Watch "Tracking Rock - Bass" today.


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GregRband
Submitted 4 months ago

Great Pro tips!

This series gave examples of some great studio tips to recording and mixing Bass into a project! Some golden take-aways!

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, FL Studio, Cakewalk Sonar, Cubase, Logic Pro, Mixcraft, Reason, Studio One, Samplitude


Jack Rock
Submitted 1 year ago

Very helpful!

Nice that it covers one thing but in-depth.

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MrEd
Submitted 1 year ago

One of the best videos for many reasons!

For me not only was/is the very down to earth information but the explanation of the compressor alone was worth the purchase price. Bass is always a challenge for me & this really does help. I'm excited to put it to use. Great work!

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Dr B
Submitted 2 years ago

Great presentation for bass recording

This provided a thorough review of how to get a great bass track, not just the tracking but also the gain structure, EQ, compression and effects as well as production. It clarified the big picture by better defining the "pixels" within.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Audio Engineer, Musician

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I've played an instrument since I was 10. Drums and Trumpet. I'm 40 now. I can play a little bit of any instrument. Master of none. Rock bands most of my life.

2. What training have you had?

I was taught trumpet classically from grade school up until I graduated high school. I went to Five Towns College for engineering and learned that you can't just learn this stuff from school. I did graduate though.

3. When did you get into recording?

I've been recording since I was 15. Two cassette players wired to a Radio Shack mixer. Eventually I got an 8 track reel to reel by Fostex. I've used just about every DAW and I started using them before they even recorded audio. Vision and Performer were just MIDI sequencers at the time. Before they became Studio Vision and Digital Performer. I got studio jobs because I knew computer MIDI and most studios didn't. I eventually moved up to Sound Tools which was two track. Then Pro Tools made a Audio Media III card which let you have 4 inputs. Gradually I moved up from there with Pro Tools D24, Pro Tools Mix to HD.

4. People you have worked with/for?

Marcy Playground
Mandy Moore
LFO
Willa Ford
Lee Ann Womack
Paulina Rubio
Hall & Oates
Bayside
Head Automatica
Cute is What We Aim For
FTSK
and many more...

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Hmmm. My Mom always said "Self Praise Stinks". I think it's because I have no ability to talk like a professional announcer, or plan out my teachings. So I teach as if you were sitting next to me. Pretty much off the cuff. I think that engages people more. We're so used to hearing everything done so properly and planned out with unnecessary explanations and proper wording that the brain will actually ignore most of it. Your brain tunes it out like you're back at your desk at school. But if the teacher grabbed you aside and just explained it to you, I believe you'd get more out of it. That is what I try to do.

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Tracking Rock - Bass is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Pro tips! This series gave examples of some great studio tips to recording and mixing Bass into a project! Some golden take-aways!
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful! Nice that it covers one thing but in-depth.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from One of the best videos for many reasons! For me not only was/is the very down to earth information but the explanation of the compressor alone was worth the purchase price. Bass is always a challenge for me & this really does help. I'm excited to put it to use. Great work!
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great presentation for bass recording This provided a thorough review of how to get a great bass track, not just the tracking but also the gain structure, EQ, compression and effects as well as production. It clarified the big picture by better defining the "pixels" within.
Date published: 2017-01-28
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