How To Record Electric Bass With the N22

Audio Samples and Techniques Using the AEA N22

The N22 is ideally equipped to capture the sound of your electric bass. With its near-field design, balanced low-end, and extended top-end, the N22 excels at capturing the true essence of your instrument while limiting room reflections. A bump in response at 3kHz delivers enough bite to make the N22 the only mic necessary to record your bass amp, eliminating the need to blend additional mics for top-end balance.

The N22 delivers balanced sound 2 to 16 inches from the source with the help of internal mechanics which roll off the low-end of a signal before it hits the ribbon. This feature allows for better performance in close-up recording applications than one would achieve with more traditional ribbon mics due to the large amount proximity effect.

Ribbon Mics
Close Miking
When recording a bass amp, try positioning the N22 between 1 and 12 inches in front of the speaker’s center. Within that range, moving the N22 closer to the amp will increase the bass response while pulling it away or changing the angle will lessen that effect. The N22 is exceptional at capturing the detail in a bass amp’s top-end while still delivering hulking low-end response.
Listen to the N22 on a Fender Precision bass through a 1968 Ampeg B-15N bass amp

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