Do you want to move your band to the next level? If you do, put a mic near your bass amp. Miking your bass amp will enable your bass instruments to produce louder and deeper tones, giving your audience a fabulous sound experience. The tricky thing though in making this setup is looking for a mic that has the capability to capture the low ends of bass instruments, and finding a location where the mic can best capture the sounds coming from the amplifier. Because of these concerns, given below are easy to follow tips on how to properly mic your bass amp:
- Research the market for mics. Ask an expert to suggest to you the mic brands that can be used for bass amps. If you don’t know an expert, you can ask a trusted musical instrument personnel for any mic that he knows that can capture the low ends of bass instruments. You can also do a search on the Internet on tried and tested mics that works well with bass instruments.
- Test your bass amp. Plug your bass instrument to the bass amp and play to see if your bass amp produces buzzing noises. If it does, adjust the bass cabinet until you no longer hear the noises, or the buzzes have significantly lessened at least.
- Acquire sound absorption foam. Prevent your mic from capturing bass signal by putting sound absorption foam or dampening foam in front of your bass amp. You can find sound absorption foams in acoustic, soundproofing, and studio stores. If you don’t have budget for this material, you can replace it with bath towels. Place layers of bath towels near the bass amp to absorb the bass signal. Another technique you can do to avoid bass signal from bouncing to the mic is to put the bass amp two inches off the floor.
- Select the best sounding speaker. Listen carefully to each of your base amp’s speakers to determine which one of them produces the best sound, and place the mic in front of it, about 3 to 6 inches away. However, if your base amp has only one speaker, experiment in placing the mic in different positions, and put the mic on the position that gives the best sound.
- Test how you sound. Record yourself playing bass instrument through the bass amp. Review what you have recorded to see if you sounded good and you’ve eliminated buzzing noises. Try placing the mic in another position to test if your bass instrument will sound better. Do a few records and choose from those the mic positioning you’re going to use for the final recording.
You can create your own studio at home by making acoustic panels and hanging them on the walls of a closed room. To make a homemade acoustic panel, make a rectangular frame out of wood, and attach an owens corning 703 rigid fiberglass on top of it. Wrap the fiberglass with cloth, securing the cloth on the frame with staples. Make about four of these, and hang them on the walls of the room that you want to be your home studio.