|Jim Williams wrote on Wed, 16 February 2011 11:13|
(Amps)...never have the fundamentals right, (it's the octave above you are hearing) and they are never even. There's always resonances and hot notes, then buried notes. You have to use a compressor to even that stuff out but there's still no fundamental.
I normally would agree with this in theory, and sometimes prefer other methods anyway.
But recently I was recording a group wherein the bass player insisted on only using an amp (won't say which we used, until I find me one, ha ha).
The notes were indeed uneven, with resonances, etc.
But after much Protools work, evening out levels, compression, etc, I absolutely LOVE the final bass sound. It is not deep (fundamental laden), but it is powerful and sparkles, and is easily heard everywhere on the album, much like some "old days" classics. And lets the bass drum take those fundamental freqs.