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Doug Lauber's Blog – February 2011 Archive (8)

Mixing Drums - a major challenge

Mixing drums is not easy. Most of the tracks require some EQ. For example, your typical bass drum has that tubby backetball tone. I found the dominant frequency at 55hz and boosted it. I also boosted the beater click sound a little bit. I'd like more of a deeper 'thud', so I might experiment with adding or replacing the recorded kick with a deeper sample that shakes the house. ...Or not. The snare was mic'd from both top and bottom. I reversed the phase of the…

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Added by Doug Lauber on February 26, 2011 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Mixing Bass, the details

OK. After a long day at the DAW, I am pretty much finished with the bass track. I might duplicate the track and add effects and then blend the two, with the goal of adding some overtones to the fundamentals. I spent a lot of time today, manually moving along the timeline and zooming in on 'problem' sections. There were unwanted noises in between the notes, so I compulsively eliminated them. For example, in one section there was a droning E string. Another section had a… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on February 24, 2011 at 1:30am — 3 Comments

Bass- recording with flat wounds

Yesterday, I replaced most of the bass track for a tune called, 'Ostinato Trip'. This replacement track uses my jazz bass with the new flat wound strings. :)  I now use Thomastic-Infeld Jazz Flats. I like them a lot. In a few minutes, I'll get to work finishing the bass tracking for this tune. Then I'll go on to compress and EQ the track. I might duplicate the track and process one of them with a 15" or 30" tape… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on February 21, 2011 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Comp'ing Sax

I spent a few hours today, choosing the best sax takes, performed by the Forum's Chris Alpiar. Excellent tracks- a lot of great material to choose from. It was a Remote Session(s). Me in Phoenix. He's in Atlanta. We exchanged files through Dropbox. His reference files were my MP3 versions of my arrangements. It was great fun trying different takes and placing his various solos/riffs in front of the backdrop of pre-recorded material. There were even sections of his… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on February 15, 2011 at 11:42pm — 3 Comments

a Forum for Bass Players, elec Bass Strings

I just joind an interesting forum for bass players. http://www.talkbass.com/

I was having problems with my playing technique- I record bass directly and I'm getting a lot of annoying string squeal as my fingers slide along the strings. I researched various types of strings. I'm hoping switching to flatwounds will help with the problem. At that website, I found LOTS of opinions about bass strings. I'll be changing from my roundwounds to…

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Added by Doug Lauber on February 15, 2011 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Tracking Bass, Again...

Not much sleep last night. After a lunchtime nap, I got to work writing/recording a bass part for a tune intended for a female singer. It went well. It's amazing what a bass part can do for a recording. I'm taking a dinner break, and then back to editing and choosing takes.

Added by Doug Lauber on February 12, 2011 at 8:55pm — 1 Comment

Recording Bass Directly

For the last two hours, I've been recording my Fender Jazz bass, directly into my Pacifica preamp. I'm really impressed with the results so far. When it comes to playing bass, I am basically out of practice. I need to record the same part over and over just to get something acceptable. Well, this preamp is making it easier, because everything is sounding 'tight' and 'punchy' as though the preamp was specifically designed just for recording bass. It's sounding good and… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on February 10, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

A 250 page post by 'Yep'

Who is this "Yep'?  I don't know, but he has posted over at the Reaper forum. I'm almost finished reading the entire 'article'. It's about mixing and based on his familiarity with the various techniques. This article is way up there with the great books by Katz and others. I really recommend it. It's an easy read and will encourage you to consider the beginning of the signal chain, such as your guitar and guitar amplifier settings. He shows us how to prioritize during the recording and mixing… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on February 7, 2011 at 9:58pm — 3 Comments

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