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    whats a good *budget* mic to use on a bass guitar rig?

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    looks like im going to get several GLS ES-57 but specks say it only gets down to 50hz

    id like the bass guitar mic to get a little lower 40?? 35?? hanging in front of the bass cab playing loud enough to 'jam' with the band

    anyone know of anything?

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    On a budget, I would just get a SM57, but why not DI as well and mix the 2 signals?

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    the specs for the GLS ES57 go down to 40hz I believe. Much lower and all your going to be adding is mud anyway.
    I havent tried it on a bass cab yet as soon as i do i'll post a clip in my review thread.
    If its just for jamming not recording i'd go for something cheap and chearfull, especially if all you intend to do is drape it over the cab.
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    The best budget way to record bass is DI. It's also usually the best sounding way. 40 hz and below is pretty much useless "freight-train-in-the-distance" sounding noise anyway, but if there is sound that low in the bass, you'll get it with a DI. Hopefully you HPF it out, though.

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    I've been using DI along witha D-112 (and on occasion an AM-52 in omni) on bass and more often than not only use the DI track. The mic can add some "wool" to the sound but that can also just get in the way.

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    I've posted a sample of the gls on the last page of my thread if you want to know how it might sound.
    please not the tone was set on the bass for that low kinda reggae sound.


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    I get really good results from a CAD KBM412 usually about 50 bucks, it's good for bass drums but better for bass amps, tuba, string bass and capturing low end on a piano or guitar amp. Even used this for a powerful bass vocalist that was crapping out every other mic we tried, he has even started using that mic live. I generally stay away from the usual suspects-bass drum mics- because of the often hyped and rolled off frequencies. This is a rugged mic that has very nice low end characteristics and natural roll off for "bass" instruments.
    The down side for mic'ing a bass amp is bleed but this has pretty good off axis rejection.

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    thanks, thats the imfo i was looking for, a bass player, that has used it to record bass, with great (not just ok) results

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    I get really good results from a CAD KBM412 usually about 50 bucks, it's good for bass drums but better for bass amps, tuba, string bass and capturing low end on a piano or guitar amp. Even used this for a powerful bass vocalist that was crapping out every other mic we tried, he has even started using that mic live. I generally stay away from the usual suspects-bass drum mics- because of the often hyped and rolled off frequencies. This is a rugged mic that has very nice low end characteristics and natural roll off for "bass" instruments.
    The down side for mic'ing a bass amp is bleed but this has pretty good off axis rejection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Track Rat View Post
    I've been using DI along witha D-112
    This is what I was gonna suggest.
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