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What is the best way to run a Bass thrue the mixer , Mike the Amp or directley thrue the mixer, we had problems with a clear sound?

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The easiest way is to take the line out from the bass amp and connect it to the line in socket of the mixer ( not the XLR Mic in ). This will give a clean and flat sound which you will have to customize using the Mixer tone control and not the bass amp controls.

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Once again, we dive into the subject of recording your band's (or your solo) album. So far, we've covered the basics, and how to record drums. Today, we talk about the all-important Bass Guitar.

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