“I just wanted to drop a line and say the tracks was super awesome. I will be encouraging clients to use you for most all projects in the future.”- studio owner P. Rodgers, Saluda, S.C.
In today from Kim Berry of Citrus Heights, CA:
“I did a rough mix last night and blown away by the quality. The bass line is exactly what I envisioned. All of the musicians captured the essence of the song – up to that “grand finale” at the last beat. Banjo – fiddle – guitar parts … Everything fit.
I’m used to working with separate samples for chorus and verse – much faster when it’s one sample for the complete song – and the sync was perfect too – no latency to adjust for.”
In fact, see every instrument available by going to our main page and clicking the word “MORE” in the upper right corner for a drop down menu where you can order mandolin, sax, violins…you name it!
An order just in for our Bass Tracks Online service from Steve Whitaker who is having Nashville Trax record the first bass guitar track for a rock album cut. He’d already ordered the same track part from another service but was not happy with it, even after a modification. Part of the problem was the playing itself, part was the track was “bottoming out” badly on the low notes. If we can make him happy, we’re in for all the bass tracks on the project.
Steve Whitaker 🙂
After receiving the two files (one with the bass track through an Ampeg SVT, the amplifier he requested be used, and one bass track of the same part except direct line, he asked for one note to be changed in the pre-chorus section. A one note fix and he’s ready to proceed with finishing his song only now he has a fantastic sounding bass guitar track as the foundation.
Then this, after the fix: ”
Great! Thank you for getting it did. 🙂
Should have a couple more songs ready for you soon.”
Update #2: This after the bass guitar track for a second song was completed over the Internet:
Track sounds great!! Thanks again. I’m on vacation for a month after this week and will be sending you as many as I can as fast as I can 🙂
Update 3 5-14-14: We have now almost completed ten bass guitar tracks, almost finished with Steve’s entire album!
“Got the bass tracks this morning and imported into PT.
They sound great, as always!!!”
Need professional sounding bass guitar tracks for an album over the Internet played by a professional session bass player? We do that! It’s this easy!.
The final product, Steve Whitaker’s album Edge of Oblivion, featuring Nashville Trax bass guitar parts on all songs, has been released!
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that if you play guitar, you “can throw a bass part on too, after all it’s only bass, right?” Wrong!The bass guitar track is the most critical part of a recording.
One quick and easy way to get a fantastic sounding bass track is to try this secret. It will give you great tone and an excellent performance without spending thousands of dollars to do it.
Another way is to use a high quality instrument and put your bass through processing before it gets to the mixing board. While plugging in to the board direct gives passable results, and for a few tunes might even be the best choice, it will never have the huge, robust bass sound featured on most major label recordings.
Bass players here at Nashville Trax use a variety of rigs but common to most Nashville session players is a quality bass guitar costing in the $1,000 and up range. Second, all bass players here use some sort of Avalon preamp before the signal is inputted to the XLR that routes to the mixing board. The 737 works well, but the Avalon U5 is THE bass preamp almost every session player has in their rig.
When I play bass on a session I feed my Fender Precision or Washburn bass signal into the Avalon pre-amp. Sometimes I’ll use the compression built into the Avalon and sometimes I’ll use an outboard compressor. This provides the nice deep, tight, round tone needed and many songs and achieved by all session players. Often I’ll run a dual line through a bass guitar amp and put on a microphone on that so I’m recording two signals at once (of the same same part). This gives tone options at mixdown.
After recording there is software made specifically for bass that I commonly employ during the mixing phase. The Waves”bass rider” plug in (see photo above) acting like an automatic fader rider, helps even out any volume fluctuations without further compressing the signal. Max Bass generates super deep bass signals not present in the bass itself that can be added as desired to the original bass signal to create a solid bass tone. EQ and additional compression are typically used, but note that if you’re happy with what you’re hearing and it’s working with the other instruments and supports the song, you may not need all these plugs.
So should you play bass parts yourself? If you are really a bass player, not a converted guitarist who really doesn’t get the concept of the bass guitar’s function, I’d say no, don’t do it. The other caution would be that even if you are a great bass player, Nashville abounds with players who are awesome. play major label artist gigs and have a bass in their hands all the time but can’t break into the session scene because recording is an entirely different animal than live playing. So you may not be capable of delivering true session quality bass tracks.
In both those scenarios. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend purchasing a new bass, preamp and associated software because with the knowledge of how to play the right notes for the song tight in the pocket, all that would simply be a waste of money. In that situation it may be better and far cheaper to hire a professional bass player for $75–
So one of these methods will absolutely give you the bass sound you need to achieve pro results- b.e. watson