A friend of mine who plays bass said to me “Is that all you’re going to say on recording bass”? 😉 So here’s more… if the project is personal to you, think about the style of playing for the song you are playing to. Laid back? Aggressive? Finger? Pick?
1 – 2 – 3 finger(s)? Fretted? Fretless? Flat wound strings? Round wound strings?
All of this helps determine the sound of the bass itself. How about a 4 string versus a 5 or 6 string bass. Ever hear a “stick” bass? If you have the right recording space, set up a bass cabinet and use a dynamic or better yet a large diaphragm condenser mic to capture the sound of the cabinet and mix that in with the DI when you mix. You’ll get some great tones this way.
I say the right space because the low frequencies of the Bass will go everywhere there is a mic. If you are recording other instruments at the same time keep the cabinet in its own room. Here is a big tip to remember when recording with a mic and a DI. When you go to mix you will need to alter the Phase/time of one of the signals to the other. This is because the time relationship between the DI and the Mic is not in sync. The easiest way to do this is to move (slip) the mic track to be inline with the DI track in mixing/editing. Then listen to the kick/bass relationship to make sure all is good.
What are your favorite methods for getting a good bass tone?