[linux-audio-user] stompboxes2 and audacity question
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Fri Nov 14 11:21:51 EST 2003
On Fri, Nov 14, 2003 at 03:16:41PM +0000, Daniel James wrote:
> > Sorry. Guitar is already line level.
> Might there be a problem with input impedance though? A passive guitar
> pickup isn't exactly the same kind of output as eg a CD player, is
it's not. you are correct.
> I'd been told that DI into my mixer was no good for bass guitar,
i've been playing and recording bass for many years now so i can't
resist chiming in here...
it depends what you mean. normally "DI into mixer" means
bass -> DI box -> mic preamp on mixer, and this is a very common
way to record bass.
if you mean bass -> mic preamp, that's not usually good.
same for bass -> line-level input, unless the bass is active.
My old Ibanez with active Alembic electronics works fine connected
directly to any line-level input.
> so I
> rigged up an amp, speaker and large diagphram condenser mic instead.
> Result - exactly the same sound, only more noise.
i highly doubt it was otherwise identical, but yes, it should
be noisier :-)
FWIW i prefer large dynamic mics (akg d112, EV RE-20, maybe MD-421)
for micing a bass amp. Large-diaphragm condensers have a treble boost
that I find unflattering on bass guitar. I only tried a small-diaphragm
condenser once and it couldn't handle the low end.
I also prefer micing the bass amp to going DI. The
speaker -> air -> microphone combination changes the
frequency response and the attack in ways that I find very nice.
Mic placement is critical. Mic pointed at the middle of the speaker
cone is "standard" but not necessarily best for a particular sound.
> Then I figured out it was my playing that made the bass sound so
oh, that :-)
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