Recording Double Bass with Andrea Di Biase
We had the pleasure of recording double bassist Andrea Di Biase (www.andreadibiase.com) at our studio in London for an upcoming Jazz track. The session involved tracking live drums and double bass.
Along with Andrea Di Biase with a suite of DPA mics on double bass – including the d:dicate™ 4011GR – the drum kit was recorded with DPA d:dicate™ 4015A wide cardioids as overheads, seriously lush sounding with a beautiful stereo spread. The toms and cymbals were close-mic’ed with DPA d:vote™ 4099D supercardioids and the kick drum got the fullness and precision of the d:dicate™ 2011C / d:vote™ 4099D treatment. On snare duty, a 4011GR provided the attack and detail necessary for the considerable amount of ghost notes the multi-time-signatured track required.
Also note the innovate snare-dampening techniques employed. Adds a certain amount of jingle, depending on how flush you’re feeling at the time.