Colin The Intern Records the 1966 Fender Precision Bass

It was Colin The Intern's first day today at the Lantern Sound Recording Rig today. One of the things we ran through was recording the electric bass, using a mic'd amplifier and a DI channel simultaneously. Colin played the bass, too. This is a snippet of his performance of "Suffer" by the Smashing Pumpkins.

1966 Fender P-Bass (flatwound strings)
Ampeg 1964 B-15N Portaflex bass amplifier
Heavy-gauge plectrum

Left channel - passive Radial JDI
Right channel - Shure SM7B microphone on Ampeg amp.
Preamp - ART MPA Gold, dual channel, Tung-Sol 12AX7 tubes.
I/O - Echo Audiofire12 Interface
DAW - Logic / Mac OS

We'd rarely mix bass with the DI panned to one side, and the mic channel panned to the other. It's usually a blend of both up the middle. But by panning these two tracks hard left and right, it's easy to hear the difference between the DI and the microphone. Stay tuned for more from Colin the Intern!

Mick Hargreaves