Hi all! Hope everyone is safe and well.
I feel like context is important and often missed so apologies if this ends up a bit of an essay (also blame lockdown boredom just making me want to unload all my thoughts!).
I’ve been learning since August, so still pretty beginner. Just do home practise, some times with headphones. I have an Ampeg BA-110 40w and a little 15w for when I don’t want to disturb people (less of rumble!). I’ve wanted to record my progress in a better quality way than just sitting your phone next to the amp, so did a bit of research and bought a Focusrite Solo; after trying to get to grips with the software I’m just wondering if I might have overcomplicated things for myself.
Gave Ableton a go, got some very basic recordings but am super confused by everything else and struggling to get any of the bundled plugins working properly. Also tried Audacity as it’s very simplfied in comparison but as far as I know you can’t use amp sims with that? Most of the sites I check out to better understand these feel like they’re made for people who understand more than I do But I won’t fill this with DAW questions, I want to spend a bit more time trying to learn that myself first.
So recordings and playing direct through the Solo sound very metallic (and not in the metal way ) and cold, similar to when I play through headphones on my current kit. Also some sounds that you normally don’t notice through the amp speaker are much more audible - as if it emphasises sounds such as the ding when you hit the fret and sliding over the strings.
I found an article might explain why the above might be, because none of the sound is being amped / shaped this way - https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=563976 . It’s also likely I’m just being fussy, it’s also just as likely the fact that I’m still fairly new and so less-clean playing is just getting emphasised!
Anyway, I had been looking to replace the Ampeg with either an LT25 or Crush 25… Crush because of the headphone cabsim feature (if it works well enough) and LT25 because of the built-in effects, but wondering if the LT25 USB interface feature would be sufficient enough for recording into Audacity (or proper DAWs) and whether purchasing the Solo now was perhaps a little impulsive?
I also see a lot of people mention Zoom pedals quite often, and while I haven’t get anywhere near pedals yet their multi-fx seem so versatile.
So based on the information I’ve spewed could anyone recommend what kind of setup could potentially suit my situation well? – I’m just looking for opinions since stores are closed so I don’t currently have the opportunity to test anything.
I’m thinking along the lines of:
Bass -> Zoom (B1 Four maybe?) -> Orange Crush 25
This means I’d get effects to play around with and a good headphone output with the Orange cabsim, and since the Zoom has amp modelling should hopefully be able to connect to the Solo and record better quality clips? From my understanding the only thing I’d miss is simultaneously mic’ing up the amp but probably not a major concern for me.
Bass -> Fender LT25
On the surface it seems like this is decent value for money, but until I can try it I have no idea on the quality and whether it would actually be worth the money at all. Also would I risk limiting myself with this?
- Other ideas are very welcome!
Thanks if you’ve read this far and sorry for a long post