Studio Setup 4 shows how to add the rhythm popping power of the bass to your home recording studio setup.
This setup gives you the tools to lay down your bass line foundation, which is a critical (and often overlooked) building block of any song.
The highlight of this setup is that the direct box is active, instead of passive as shown in previous setup diagrams.
This is an important difference because the bass frequencies deliver more power and therefore require an active boost to drive the signal level.
In short, with this additional power an active DI box can take an average bass and make it sound great on your recordings.
The signal can be sent from the parallel output of the direct box and into your bass amp, then the amps output can be recorded using the dynamic mic.
So with this setup you can record both the pickups directly AND the output of your bass amp, each to its own track on the same take.
This recording strategy is used to get the most flexibility in your sound for use during the later mixing stages of your project.
Recommended for the bass axe slayers among us, this setup will get you a clean, full recording for use in your overall project or as a contribution to another artist's song.
I personally have this setup in my apartment right now... I just wish I was a better bass player.
For the rest of you, it's time to channel your inner Gene Simmons, Paul McCartney, or Michael Anthony.