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Bass Guitar Remote Recording – Lazy Day, Robert Michaels

Robert is from Washington DC and he sent me a load of guide tracks over a few months to record bass on. The tracks were the kind of groovy, pop, dance music that is amongst my favourite genres to play.

I will very often be given a backing track with no vocals and the minimum of instruments to record to and this was the case here. The brief was a dream come true. He said ‘I love James Jamerson and Jaco Pastorius, I want some of that influence’. Now clearly I’m no Jaco or JJ but I was excited that Robert wanted the bass to be quite prominent on his tracks so I just free styled it!

I used my 1978 Fender Precision and recorded a couple of takes, really just improvising grooves and melodic lines. Mixing and editing was taken care of by Josh Woods and Tim Biery played drums on a few tracks on the album. Tim is a monster drummer who has worked with guitar greats Danny Gatton, Frank Marino, and Nils Lofgren.

I always send a clean DI and a slightly fatter signal; either a tube preamp signal or amp track. That gives options when mixing. I don’t know how Josh mixed my Precision bass but I love the sound he got here.

The final mastered tracks sound so different to the ones I played on and highlights the true online collaboration that happens between a remote session player, composer and mixing engineer.



About the Author:

My name is Dan Hawkins and I run Online Bass Player, recording bass guitar and double bass on hundreds of tracks for musicians all over the world. I've been doing it for nearly 10 years and have loved every session!