Good video and sound are hard to come by. When someone is in the business of producing and selling something that makes music, it becomes serious business. I feel that the world has enough youtube reviews of all sort and manner of amplifier, guitar, effects pedal, etc.. many recorded via smartphone or camcorder. Everything as a result is at the mercy of whatever the tiny microphone is picking up. The number one rule of recording anything is this: Garbage in, garbage out. Well if I am not in the habit of producing garbage, how do I reproduce the sound of my instruments and display an honest representation of their sound? Well, If someone has two to three hundred dollars an hour, you just hit the recording studio. I haven't had that kind of money laying around so this part of the site has been on the back burner for a while.

Enter Brian Shipman. Brian is the head of the Drury University media department here in Springfield, Missouri. He was indeed kind enough to use the campus media sound stage to produce, direct, and edit a finished batch of short videos together with the students in his class. They are definitly a first class operation and I am forever grateful for their contribution.

I must also mention Landon Rolfe. Landon is a local professional who really knows his way around a bass. He is also the owner of number 12 in my gallery. When we met I liked him immediatley, and throughout this process, he has also become a great friend. I couldn't have done this without him either.

The sound?

We could probably talk sound for days. Every amp and speaker company has its own flavors, its own colors, this is by design and what makes each one different. It is also what makes some crappy, and others great. It is also a large factor in sound reproduction. The rig you play through is almost as important as the instrument you are playing. Bottom line is that every bass in my videos has an identical signal path to the speaker. Every bass in my videos has the same wiring, the same pickups, the same electronics, the same player, same everything. What I find fascinating is that every bass sounds a little bit different! What you are hearing are the "colors", these are supplied by composition, the actual makeup of the basses and what I hoped would shine through in these recordings. Maple, Bubinga, Rosewood, Spalted Maple, even Myrtle. They all contribute, they all matter.

Everything we recorded in the studio came out of the same Markbass 250 watt combo amp miked right into the editing room. The e.q. was almost entirely flat and not fiddled with at all. This is the closest I can get to an authentic Ray Ross bass via recording. Enjoy!