First off, let me say that we treat each song as it’s own beast and almost never mix with the same “presets” etc… There are a few things like saved guitar sounds or bass, but by enlarge we go from scratch each time or thereabouts.
Ok, let me see what I’ve got for each song. I use a 5 string Ibanez Soundgear that I have had for about 20 years (I literally added a Fender Jazz last week which will now be my go to as I almost never use the 5th string).
I almost always use Amplitube as my amp sim. I stumbled across a good setting that I use a lot of the time that does the nice distortion you mentioned to cut through.
Using Reaper. I may have recorded through my Pre-73 Pre amp or just straight into my regular interface, can’t recall.
Good To Be Free:
- Bass Bus: Eq that is boosting some highs (quite a lot) for the attack and a little of the lows, scooping some mids. I use Boz’s Big Beautiful Door (I LOVE that plug in!) routing the kick to it to knock off about 1.5 db of the bass when the kick is played)
- Bass DI: Amplitube with a setting I’ve never used before. I won’t go into specifics but the preset seems to be called “Bright” and I think I’ve added an overdrive pedal to it. This track also has some multiband compression which I have NO IDEA how to use. Just played until I thought it was doing something - no idea what i was after.
- I have a “low” channel where I have sent the audio from the second track to here and then low passed it so only frequencies between 40-200 hz are there. I’ve then crushed it with a hard limiter and blended it with the other bass track.
Groove 7 (much tinnier sound)
Reaper has just crashed on me, so I need to restart. Will post those settings shortly.