Setting The Bar In Bass Guitars – The Fender Precision Bass

bass-percission

The Fender Precision Bass – Review and Overview

Toward the end of 1951, Fender introduced a new electric bass guitar. This bass was a hybrid and at first, confused many people. The guitar resembled Fender’s Telecaster electric guitar, only with a longer neck. This new guitar was called the Fender Precision Bass. It was tuned like an upright bass with four strings on its long neck. The guitar was tuned to E-A-D-G in fourths. This is an octave lower than the bottom four strings on a guitar. This new guitar had a radical design and was viewed as something of an oddity until people heard it.

bass-guitar-fendre

Launch Of A New Precision Bass

Fender launched the original Fender Precision Bass at the end of 1951. The guitar was available in October but wasn’t shown at the trade shows until July of 1952. Fender presented their new bass at the National Association of Music Merchants show which was held in New York City.

The new bass shared many similarities in construction with the Telecaster, Fender’s electric guitar. The new Precision Bass boasted a twenty-fret maple neck with a solid ash body. The guitar also had four Kluson tuners, each of which was the big-key style. These were placed on the narrow headstock. The body, which was a pale yellow, had a finger rest and pickguard, and originally came with a 4-pole single-coil pickup. The tone and volume control were chromed and there was a chrome cover for each pickup. There was also a rubber mute for the bridge built-in. The body also featured two cutaways and was the first Fender guitar with this design.

A Bit Of History

When Fender brought the Precision Bass to the market, no one was offering anything like it. This guitar was designed to address an issue that was facing rockabilly and R&B bands. These musicians were becoming increasingly louder as they used more amplified guitars and acoustic bassists were getting lost in the noise. When Fender introduced the Precision Bass and the Fender Bassman amp, standup bassists could once again be heard.

The design of the Precision Bass complemented Fender’s Telecaster and the pair looked great together. In 1957, Fender modified the Precision by changing to a split-coil pickup and adding beveled edges that made the guitar much more comfortable to play.

Since its initial launch in 1951, Fender has produced many models of the Precision Bass. These mostly involved different woods and electronics and cosmetic changes. The Precision Bass has remained consistent with its superior sound and bassists still love its punchy tone.

Enter The American Elite Precision

This is the most recent iteration of the Fender Precision Bass. The Elite P weighs only 9 pounds and is a balanced and comfortable guitar. The neck is constructed of satin-finished maple and the guitar has a super tight neck pocket.

The controls are a bit different on the Elite P which may be a challenge at first for a traditional Precision player. Once familiarized, they are easy to use. The Elite Precision offers a lot of punch and sustain due to the high-mass bridge and the 5-bolt neck.

The neck on the Elite P is refined and not at all bulky. The design is a compound neck. At the bone nut, it is C shape and gradually becomes a D by the 12th fret. This design provides a bit more mass where it counts and offers a very solid foundation. This design also makes it easier to access the higher notes.

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re playing a traditional Precision Bass or the new Elite Precision, you are playing an incredible instrument.

Fender sets the mark when it comes to bass guitars.

It's only fair to share...Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestDigg thisShare on Reddit

The Guide To Understanding Audio Compression – Basics And Performance

audio-interface-compressor

Audio Compression and Compressors

Basics And Performance

Limiters and compressors are two types of amplifiers that are unique because they are used to lower dynamic range. This range is the distance or span between the loudest sounds and the lowest (softest) sounds. When compressors are used during live mixes and recordings, they can help make the sound seem more polished when the maximum levels are controlled and the average loud sounds are maintained.

In addition, physical audio compressors and compressor software is able to have a distinct sound that can be used at random to inject the music with a range of tone and coloration that will brighten up and otherwise empty track. Also, audio compression can be used to slightly add an intelligible and natural sound to a track without further distorting it. As a result, the music will be more pleasant sounding to the ear.

However, it is also important to know that music can become ‘over-compressed’ as well. When music has too much compression, it can sound as though the ‘life’ is being sucked out of it. This means that for those who are not experienced with compressors and the way they work, understanding the basics can be used to benefit your audio productions.

music-audi-compression

Parameters And Controls

There are some general parameters and controls that you will frequently use to determine the way the effect of the compression behaves. This will be dependent on whether you are using compression hardware, or if you are using software and/or a plug-in. Although the compressor you are using may not include all of the parameters, or dynamic range, and controls, it is still important to have a basic understanding of the functions of each one.

The threshold control determines where the compression effect will be. It is only when the effect is at a level that is higher than the threshold will the effect be compressed. For example, if the threshold level is at -9 dB, signals that go higher than this will be compressed.

The release time is the amount of time that it takes for a signal to be compressed back to uncompressed. A release time is generally much longer than the attack time, and can be as short as 40 ms up to 5 seconds.

The attack time is the exact opposite of attack time. This is the amount of time it takes for a signal to go from uncompressed, or its original state, to compressed.

The Several Types Of Compression Types

Your choice of compressor will also play a role in the sound of the effect. There are some types of compressors that will have ‘release’ and ‘attack’ times that are faster or slower than others. Then, there are some compressors that will have a vibe or sound that is more vintage or has more coloration based on the internal parts.

Also known as the Voltage Controlled Amplifier, the VCA compressor uses integrated circuits or solid state. These are typically cheaper than optical or tube compressors.

The tube compression is considered the oldest type of compression. Tube compressors normally slower responses than other types of compressors. However, it is because of this slower response that allow tube compressors to have a distinct vintage sound that other compressors cannot achieve.

Field Effect Transistor, FET, compressors create a sound that is similar to the sound that is created from transistor circuits. These compressors produce a sound that is clean, reliable and fast. A good example of this compressor is the 1176LN Classic Limiting Amplifier.

 

 

Keep in mind that you should use caution when you are compressing a whole mix. If the compression you use that counters a ‘horn’ sound, the mix will drop at that point and the base line will begin to pump. However, let your ear be your guide.

If it sounds good to you, chances are, it is good.

It's only fair to share...Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestDigg thisShare on Reddit

Navigating Your Way Around Micophones

dj microphone

Microphones

Purchasing a microphone is one of those important investments you have to make.

However, it is a perplexing situation where most people remain unaware of what a “good” microphone entails. They end up guessing and hoping the microphone in their hands is a good one. Is that the best way to go about this? Of course not! You want to be careful and make sure all details are accounted for as you make a decision.

microphone-audio-dj

When you make a proper decision, you won’t have to spend more money down the road.

Here is what you’re going to need to be aware of during this research phase.

Brand

It all starts with the brands.

You want to get a gist of what the leading brands have to offer and why they’re special. If you pinpoint the right brands, you’re able to get past the scammers who are trying to dupe you into buying something inferior at a higher price than necessary.

This is where you want to keep the list of brands by your side based on reputation, quality, and affordability.

Top brands include: Shure, Sennheiser, Rode, and Neumann

Keep an eye out for these, and you will end up with something that is worthwhile. Please remember, the brand is just the start of your search. Each brand has variations, and you have to find one that is going to fit in with what you’re doing. What might work for one person’s setup isn’t going to do well for someone else.

Take your time and analyze the brands before determining which one is going to do a good job. This will ensure you end up with a proper solution instead of one that leaves you wanting more.

Selection

1) Application

What are you using it for?

You need to keep this in mind because some microphones are ideal for speaking setups while others do well for singing setups. This is important, and you want to assess the various microphone performance metrics before diving in and spending money on a product.

2) Budget

Yes, your budget is going to determine which microphone is worthwhile.

Scour the market and take a look at the leading brands before spending money on one of the microphones. If you have a budget, you should stick to it because you can always find a “bang for your buck” deal out there with a bit of patience.

Quality

There is nothing more important than quality with microphones.

Quality can entail power output, connectivity, durability, and affordability. You need the complete package, and you cannot skimp on a few details in the hopes it will work out. Of course, you are going to have certain features that are watered down, but it’s all about finding that right fit.

You want to assess the reviews and take a look at what the microphone has to offer. Does it fit your needs to a tee?

If you can determine it is a good fit, you are going to feel it right away because the quality will be out of this world. You need to wait for that moment because it will come.

An excellent microphone is out there, and you have to emphasize the three points mentioned here. You want to aim for a good brand, focus on proper selection methods, and pinpoint what “quality” means in your world. As long as you do this, you are going to have a major smile on your face because the microphone is going to be a brilliant addition to your setup.

Start with these details, and you’re going to be well on your way.

It's only fair to share...Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestDigg thisShare on Reddit