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PICK UP for UPRIGHT

Postby Boomtwang » September 24th, 2017, 9:41pm

HELLO is anybody home ?? It has been quite awhile since I was on this site or even viewed it ...Hope everybody is OK ...Well for starters THE BUFFALO BILLS BEAT DENVER TODAY :popcorn: ...OK back to Music , I will be investing in a Pick up unit for my upright , keep in mind this is for recording studio only no live gigs ...Any suggestions ...THANK YOU

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Postby sevenyearsdown » September 25th, 2017, 9:45am

You have things backwards.

I don't recommend using a pickup to record upright bass. It will sound like dog shit, or like a bass guitar. Any microphone is going to sound better than a pickup. Even a '57 on a stick will sound better than a pickup. The only reason to put a pickup on your upright is to amplify it for gigs.

I would recommend you join talkbass.com and browse the double bass forums, as you will get much more information on the instrument there then you'd ever get here.

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Postby crentist » September 25th, 2017, 9:58am

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I don't know if they really don't sound all that different in a band context or if years of playing in bands with guitarists have honed my guitarist-ignoring skills to perfection.

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Postby Boomtwang » September 26th, 2017, 12:26pm

:tinfoil: Your suggestion is right on , thank you Seven . Initially about six months ago I laid down a very cool self acoustic instrumental Drums & Upright on my previous recorder . So recently I attempted another acoustic / electric bass /Drums on the newest recording gear . Just as before I positioned the 57 about 6 -7 inches from the F-hole which gave me a awesome mix , However this method did not work on the latest recorder please keep in mind just reading about pickups ( bassplayer mag ) I over reacted and almost made a purchase then I had this feeling I 'd best run this by you Seven and guys & gals members of WNYmusicians and glad I did . So at this point I will try various mic's and positions ....I appreciate your input ( with nice pun .. )

P.S. I like Talkbass yet It feels more personal coming on WYNmusician and easier for my lazy head :tinfoil:

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Postby sevenyearsdown » September 26th, 2017, 3:07pm

You would be better served getting a cheap and dirty microphone preamp like one of those Art Tube things to have some control over the mic gain before you send it to a board or whatever you're recording to. I use one occasionally for simple stuff. It's a great piece of gear for 50 bucks and some bedroom recording.

Experiment with where you place the mic. If you have condensers, you can put them pretty much anywhere in the room and get some very different qualities.

I recently wrapped a 57 in Auralex and stuffed in my tailpiece to do some tracking for an online collaboration. Conventional wisdom would tell you that it's not a proper application for the pattern on a 57, but it works just fine.Image


You can suspend a 57 from the bridge with rubber bands and mic the top:
https://www.talkbass.com/threads/poor-m ... st-6456075

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audi ... mic-preamp

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Re: PICK UP for UPRIGHT

Postby Boomtwang » September 27th, 2017, 5:19am

Seven your advise is above and beyond , As soon as I re-record with this latest recording gear I will get back to you ...Your diagram photo is very interesting showing yet another way of mic' ing up a upright ..Thank You


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