Studio time! And my wonderful Roscoe fretless bass.

Hi,

Recently I have been in and out of the studio at James Ivey’s place and it’s been fun.

Initially, we had recorded a ton of function promo material (over two days worth) and the audio had unfortunately become corrupted and unusable. The video was fine though, so we had the gruelling task of transcribing our parts and re-recording the audio to sync with the original video.

That wasn’t particularly fun.

But, hanging with the guys at the studio was great! We managed to track nineteen songs in six hours, which was a relief, as I had a lot on that day.

However, I learnt after that day that we had another few tracks to record that hadn’t been overlooked, but there was a bit of confusion as to whether we were doing them or not.

These tracks were for the promotional material for a Mumford and Sons’ style outfit and were relatively simple apart from one minor issue…

They were originally recorded on double bass and the video clearly showed a guy playing these tunes on one! I am not really an upright bass player (at the moment), and don’t own one – but (!) I do own an amazing substitute!

Behold, the Roscoe fretless five string bass!

A full photo of my Roscoe Century five string bass in the studio.
The Roscoe in the studio.
My fretless Roscoe bass in the studio.
I love this bass!

This bass, made by the brilliant luthiers over at Roscoe Guitars in the U.S. of A. is just brilliant, and I cannot fault it! Another mention needs to be made for the excellent pickups that Bartolini creates. I am so happy with the way these sound.

The bass recorded really well, producing a very clean signal, with no noise and plenty of fretless tones to choose from. It is both a producer’s and a bass player’s dream.

I recorded the upright tracks with this bass with producer/engineer James Ivey adding some EQ on his marvellous analogue desk (see pictures). The result was a lovely warm, clear and rich tone that proved to be pretty convincing! I know there is really no substitute for the real thing, but for a much smaller instrument with a completely different design/no f-holes/no sound chamber et cetera, this did remarkably well!

Anyway, I had a great time hanging and recording with the guys, even though the preparation for it was pretty stressful! Next time, we have agreed to record something just for fun.

Thanks for reading,

Ben

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