Recording Log #2
Upright Bass Session For The Emily Vescovi Project
I pulled my good friend Corey Jackson in on this project. Not only is he a great muscian, but he embodies the retro feel. He covered a lot of bases on this project by playing piano, organ, mellotron and upright bass.
Having recorded his upright several times in the past, I knew the exact setup I was going to use. I generally like to rest a 57 on a piece of foam or, in this case, a tea towel right on the bridge of his bass (this also works well on a cello).
I also like to use an AT 4047 about 16″ back from the finger board.
Both mics ran through vintage Neve mic pres and into Apogee converters.
The 57 picks up a lot of the natual vibrations and resonance of the instrument since it is resting on the bridge and is located right next to the f-holes. This translates in a really cool midrange as well as a decent amount of fretboard/finger detail while providing some sub 60hz low end. The 4047 is more of a mid-scooped type of sound and has most of the usable low end. Blended together, they make the perfect combination of midrange detail and low end punch.