what is a good vintage tube bass amp for recording?

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  1. Marquee Moon

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    tone is more important the volume. We arent recording in a large area. set up will be a tweed deluxe amp and a vox ac30, drummer, and the bass player in a small basement. I want something suited to cranked rock music, stooges, sex pistols etc.
     
  2. Dacious

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    A SF Bassman - as long as you don't want slap.

    AC30 is going to kill everything else....
     
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    an ampeg flip top seems to have a good track record.
    I think the current reincarnations are the portaflex line
     
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    yup. I like the Bassman, any version.
    And the smaller Ampegs are very nice.
    But what I bought ( and very cheaply , I might add) is a Line 6 Lowdown Studio 110.
    I mean like, don't tell anybody but it's a modeling thing .
     
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    Recording bass only with a mic is not my cup of tea (heck I'd rather go only direct any day and twice on Sunday) but an Ampeg B15 is a classic choice.

    But again,in such a small room and with two guitar amps blasting go direct and thank me later.

    The ABSOLUTELY best ever bass amp for recording is this anyway

    https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/ampegsvx/



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    70s tube Ampeg.

    Get one that matches the volume you'll be playing at.
     
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    Yup. I totally agree based on the style of music they are creating.

    This video is good recording insight:

     
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    It's been a while since we recorded, but I'm pretty sure our bass player went direct, but used an Ampeg ' flip top' as we recorded our old CD ' live in studio'

    Edit- after re-reading OP, it almost sounds like a good 'ol SVT ( with one 8X10 cab) compliments the amps used ( AC 30 cranked is LOUD!) and the music, but it is huge, and $$- probably overkill- our bass player had an SVT head when we started playing in '92 and it weighs 90 lbs.!
     
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    As stated above, An Ampeg SVT is the best sounding amp in the history of mankind, live or studio. IMHO. Not sure about the reissues although I did see Tony Campos of Static X use one live on the last tour with Ministry that I can only assume was a reissue, and his tone was perfect and unbelievable. Cut right thru a very very loud mix with a very focused, tight and round sort of sound.
     
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    Yes I would also say go direct.

    If there are enough channels I would mic and record the amp. Blend the two in the mix.
     
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    I think of the B15 as more of a round clean sound, people did crank them BITD ( thus the numbers found w/ blown transformers) but that’s not really it’s thing. In a small space are you really sure you want to crank a AC-30? It will cause balance problems and probably put the Deluxe in a bad place. If you are using a modern MV model or pedals, you could use most anything for bass a V-4b is a good choice if you want the bass to have some hair a Bassman could work, if you go w a SVT perhaps use only one or even a different combination of smaller cabs. You could also split the signal or even put the bass on at a different time and/or on multiple tracks. That opens up the option of funky practice amps or low power heads thru a modern cab. One of the best rock bass sounds I use is a tweed champ kit thru a old 1x12 practice amp box that has a EV in it. Fat W /bit of hair.

    I woul consider loosing the big Vox all together especially if you really want to go live.. get a smaller el-84 based amp and you open up a lot of space for the other players, consider a simple vintage type drum kit also..look at intensity for that style not simply volume.
     
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    Oops
     
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    A small recording space = bass bleed on other tracks (to me).

    Having a bass amp will most likely flood a smaller room. I would go with a direct-in approach if I were you and monitor your playing through headphones.

    I've made some great recordings this way. Here's a blurb on the unit I currently use (although I now have a Fender Jazz Bass instead of the one mentioned in this thread):

    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/behringer-v-tone-bass-driver-di-bdi21-review.665639/



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