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    Trying to record with my Bongo 5 bass... any settings recommendations

    I can NOT for the life of me get a decent sound from this Bongo bass, but I bought it specifically for recording, figuring it would be the most versatile.

    there are all kinds of transient harmonic sounds when you are using fingers and I can not seem to find the sweet spot where it will fit in the mix and not have all that extra harmonics in it.

    Any pointers or if anyone can point me to some information on getting a good sound for DIRECT recording would be helpful. I'm running through my PRS DI box to Saffire 24 to Cubase 9.5

    Maybe there's even a plugin that I can insert that would help?

    Thank You!!!
    Dave

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    Depends on what style of music you're playing, personally I cut 250hz and 500hz and boost high end but I'm playing in metal bands. Distortion will also help cut through.
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    I write music for Film and TV, so it varies. I do write for Rock, but this particular request was for a "Modern Country" cue.

    Quote Originally Posted by TherealAC View Post
    Depends on what style of music you're playing, personally I cut 250hz and 500hz and boost high end but I'm playing in metal bands. Distortion will also help cut through.

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    Hi @five7 it's the HH

    Quote Originally Posted by five7 View Post
    what model H, HH, HS

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    I have an HH also. I leave the lows flat, the low mids I slightly bump, cut high mids, and boost highs. The pickup blend is about 80/20 to 70/30 favoring the bridge pickup. For a plugin I like the fliptop. I play with my fingers.

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    Can’t comment regarding a Bongo but all the direct recording I’ve ever done everything is set flat and worked from the desk. Effects the lot

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    All flat into the desk, strung with flats, should do the trick.

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    @five7... what is the fliptop plugin? I did a search for it and didn't immediately find a plugin with that name?

    THANKS! These settings sound like they should work fairly well. I will give it a shot-


    Quote Originally Posted by five7 View Post
    I have an HH also. I leave the lows flat, the low mids I slightly bump, cut high mids, and boost highs. The pickup blend is about 80/20 to 70/30 favoring the bridge pickup. For a plugin I like the fliptop. I play with my fingers.
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    I will be in the studio with my Bongo 5HH tracking my groups next single this next weekend. Hopefully I can get a nasty pop-punk tone out of this thing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by strummer View Post
    All flat into the desk, strung with flats, should do the trick.

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    I'll second the cobalt flats... can't help on anything else though.

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    It took me a little while to "get" my first bongo. My usual habit is to eq it like every other bass I have and that didn't work with it. I had to start with everything flat. Then add just a tiny bit of eq on the bass first, then fool with eq on the board if necessary. Basically the thing has a very unusual sound that is already very well eq'd. It responds very well to not doing to much to what comes out of the bass. Unfortunately it took me a long time to figure that out. Hope you can learn it faster than me.

    Tom

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    Btw, ran flat into the board, then reamped. It sounded incredibly tight and bright. I use MJC Ironworks Strings on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiCreativeMedia View Post
    I can NOT for the life of me get a decent sound from this Bongo bass, but I bought it specifically for recording, figuring it would be the most versatile.

    there are all kinds of transient harmonic sounds when you are using fingers and I can not seem to find the sweet spot where it will fit in the mix and not have all that extra harmonics in it.

    Any pointers or if anyone can point me to some information on getting a good sound for DIRECT recording would be helpful. I'm running through my PRS DI box to Saffire 24 to Cubase 9.5

    Maybe there's even a plugin that I can insert that would help?

    Thank You!!!
    Dave
    Did you find a setting that worked for you?

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    Actually this thread surprises me. I have no problem dialing in a good tone with my Bongo HH. It is if course neither a jazz or P Bass.
    2015 Bongo 5 HH, Sterling Silver, Rosewood Neck
    2015 Bongo 5 H, Neptune Blue, Birdseye Maple
    2017 StingRay 5, 30th Anniversary, Flammed Maple
    Xotic XJ 1T5, Natural, Maple
    Sandberg TT5p passive, Maple

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