How to reduce DI bass clipping?

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  1. ragnorok

    ragnorok SS.org Regular

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    I have an older ibanez soundgear 5 string that i bought for recording, and my only method as of now is to run it direct into my scarlette 2i2. I have it set to intrument recording on the interface itself but i literally have to keep the gain at zero. And it STILL clips on the 5th string. Even turning the bass volume down doesnt help. I mean in the mix it isnt terribly noticable but when i solo the bass track its very noticable. Is there any way around this?
     
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    do you have some sort of eq/preamp on the bass controls? maybe turn off/down anything caused by those. But it's very odd that it's clipping even with the gain turned down, does your interface have a line in rather than an instrument input, try using that?
     
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    Does your bass have active pickups? If so this is probably what is causing the clipping. Your options are probably another interface or a di box before the interface.
     
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    It does have active pickups =/
     
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    Does that interface have a pad?
     
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    The DI box seems to be the answer I always hear. I have the same issue with my Presonus Audiobox. It clips like a mofo even with the gain set to 0. It's irritating as hell, especially since the best answer I seem to get is to spend more money on more electronic doohickies.

    edit: Keep in mind that guitars/basses clip for me regardless of if they're active or passive.
     
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    Buy a DI box, it effectively converts a high impedance signal such as the one from a typical passive bass (or your active bass, doesn't matter) to a line level signal.

    It's designed to 'show' your bass the input it needs to deliver a bright, clear sound - the input impedance of anything you plug into can load pickups and change the sound - then attenuate it, add in some current for good measure, and spit out a nice, healthy, line level signal.

    You can pick up any old DI box and it'll probably cost you $30-50. Useful thing to have!
     

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