Sam Inglis wrote:A four-inch ribbon?!
For years I was dissatisfied with the sound I got from ANY mic for a bass fiddle or double-bass if you prefer. The instrument could make a wonderful sound, but the recording never truly reflected the deep fundamental sound you get when standing next to the thing. The closest I got was with an old RCA ribbon, but it was not mine and I had to give it back.
Frustrated, I built two using the usual Lundahl transformer and high-powered magnets ("Of course I know what a magnet is Olly. It's a little animal that eats cheese.") The result is superb. The best mics for bass that I know or have ever used!
Dr Huge Longjohns wrote:
If they heave something from the Far East into view
So you'd kick Nathan East out of the studio with his Yamahas then? Or Carol Kaye with her Ibanez? Seems a tad harsh!
Star performers do not use shop-bought off-the-shelf equipment. It is nearly always custom made by specialist companies and badged.
I once spent five days recording a famous drummer who was sponsored by Ludwig and Zildjian and on the set-up day, a van arrived with a crate filled with a complete kit that had just been made for that recording in Ludwig's specialised workshop. Every inch of that kit and those cymbals was beautiful and perfectly finished!
The same applies to guitars, but most keyboard players seem to have to get their own stuff! Go figure!
Over and above that - I NEVER comment on what musicians bring into the studio. If they want to use X, X it is! My job is to reproduce the exact sound they are creating in the room. If someone wants to play a Chinese bass through a digital effects rack and over a solid-state amp, then I must assume that is the (nasty) sound they really want.
If asked for my opinion (quite another thing!) I MIGHT suggest a proper amp and analogue effects if any at all.
BigRedX wrote:IME A good engineer is able to get a bass sound that suits the band and their style of music whatever instrument they happen to be using.
That's like saying "No matter how thin and weedy a singer may sound, a good engineer should record a full-bodied sound."
I'm not there to get some magic sound by interfering with what you are doing. Getting a specific sound out of your instrument is your job!