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  1. Thanks, I'm basically nowhere so far, just thinking about it. I like a graphite neck, that much I know, and probably a narrow jazz one sounds good to me. I need to learn I think.
  2. Thanks, much appreciated. I'll hang out here and read up!
  3. I had a quick search, but not really sure what to search for. I was hoping there might be a sticky with some basic information about how to get started with building basses. So just a few really basic questions if no one minds... Is there a good resource for learning about what the problems are, and how to resolve them? For example, if I wanted to buy a graphite Status neck and fit it to a Jazz body of some sort, what do I need to look out for when choosing components, and is it as simple as bolting it together, or what is likely to go wrong? Secondly, just at a high level, do you need high levels of dexterity and great carpentry skills to do this stuff, or is it more like lego/meccano and you just bolt it all together and off you go?
  4. Oooh! Thank you! Just briefly tried this and it looks to be the solution. I was sure I'd tried that, but obviously not. Thanks so much for your help.
  5. I'm using an RME Babyface Pro sound card, which is a USB device, and powered entirely from the USB connection to my computer (Mac Mini). I've treated myself to a preamp/active DI box, which is the EBS Microbass II, and supposedly this can be powered over XLR phantom power. So, I've connected the Microbass to the Babyface using an XLR cable, and powered it from a 9V battery initially. No problem, this works OK. I've been into the RME TotalMix software, found the bit where phantom power is turned on, and done that, which results in an orange light turning on on the Babyface. However, the Microbass is not detecting the phantom power. Am I missing something obvious? Is there not going to be enough juice for a USB-driven soundcard to also power an active DI box over phantom power? Did I need to ensure my XLR cable had some particular characteristic to get this to work? Any help much appreciated. I literally have never used phantom power before, so I know nothing about it.
  6. I've got two hifis at home, and various other speakers and things around the house, all tied together with a piece of software called Roon. Roon brings together my collection of CDs (all ripped) and downloads, and integrates it with Tidal (also works with Qobuz). How it looks on the computer/phone is as if it's offering up a gatefold LP with liner notes on each album. So for me, it gives me the stuff I miss about vinyl, but easy to use, and music in every room of the house. The liner notes often have links to other artists/albums/producers and you can go down a rabbit hole realising that x artist played on y's album, but was in a supergroup with z. Fantastic! I spend hours lost in my collection. And it's simple enough once set up for the rest of the family to use. Unfortunately, Roon is looking a bit expensive these days, and they're into the subscription model, which I personally don't like, especially to be charged for listening to my own music. I bought a lifetime Roon subscription some years ago, and it cost me about £350, which I rationalised as like buying the best CD player I'd ever buy. I've certainly had my money's worth. As much as I love my hifis, music in the kitchen whilst cooking is a great thing!
  7. I literally own one bass cable . So the cable I'm using it the one I usually use between my bass and my amp (ancient Roland cube thing). I just pull it out of the amp and stick it in the Babyface. I'll give input 4 a go over the weekend!
  8. Turns out this is wrong, incidentally. The Babyface has 1MOhm inputs. So I'm guessing the pedal idea wouldn't have helped anyway.
  9. OK I checked and TotalMix has a little symbol of a guitar over the input into which I plug my bass, so I'm going to assume that I'm successfully using "instrument mode". However, unlike @TwoTimesBass I am nowhere near hitting clipping with everything maxxed out and an active bass.
  10. Thanks guys. You're right, Bitwig is a strange fish. I love it! It's absolutely geared towards someone who's interested in synthesis (me) and much less towards someone who wants to work heavily with audio (unfortunately now also me!). From memory, I switched the inputs from +4 dB to -10 dB and it was louder that way, but still pretty quiet. I'll have to do some fiddling around to see how to switch from line to instrument, which sounds like it might be the issue, but I don't find RME TotalMix very simple to use, so I could easily have overlooked this.
  11. I've been a bedroom player for a long time, and am turning my thoughts to recording my bass for the first time. I have a reasonable setup, using Bitwig as my DAW of choice (love it), and an RME Babyface Pro FS as my audio interface. The Babyface is supposed to have HiZ jack inputs for instruments, rated at 470 KOhm, but they seem to record a bit quiet. I read that DI boxes are supposed to put out 1 MOhm, and was thinking that might solve the volume issue and improve the general quality, but I also read that Boss pedals all put out 1 MOhm, so I thought one possibility would be to get something like a Boss limiter, and that would give me real control over the volume hitting my DAW. I'm not sure whether it's considered bad practice to record the bass post-effects, even if it's only a limiter. I'd be really interested to hear any thoughts from those far more experienced than me!
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