Gideon K on SoundBetter

Bassist specialising in rock, alternative, pop, indie, blues and various other genres that make up the backbone of modern popular music. Able to recreate and 'humanise' your pre-programmed samples or midi arrangements, but equally proficient and comfortable with coming up with a part or arrangement that works for the project you have.

I have wide and varied tastes, but my strengths as a bassist are to bring feel, solid timing, character and structure to a song. I come from the school of the bass being solid, and blending well between the rhythm and the melodic elements of the arrangement.

Willing to play and try anything to make the track sound 'right', whether that is a simple country bounce, basic punk down-picking, or a melodic and far-ranging 60s-inspired bass line.

I have a carefully chosen selection of basses with which I cover most of the ground needed in rock, pop, and so on. I also have a good recording setup of my own, with great preamps, mics, solid converters, and excellent bass equipment. (I am happy to talk tech and studio spec with those that want to get into it). My setup allows me to have a fast turnaround, as well as sonic flexibility if clients want the sound and feel to be changed.

More than happy to recreate and 'humanise' your pre-programmed samples or midi arrangements, but equally proficient and comfortable with coming up with a part or arrangement that works for the project you have. I love collaborating with people and finding a way to translate their vision into something concrete..

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Interview with Gideon K

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: My personal workflow is Bass > DI (one signal to converters, one signal back out) > Pedals (if needed) > Amp > Mic(s) > Mic Preamp > Converters. I won't use digital processing for the bass tracks I send unless specifically asked to, because the mix engineer is better placed to make those decisions when the bass is heard in the context of the other instruments and sounds. Most of the tone-shaping I do is in how I play the bass - using fingers vs pick, what type of pickup, what type of strings, what kind of gain and eq are on the amp etc. There are always exceptions though. For my part it is mostly analog, but the digital conversion in my setup is solid and works just fine.

  3. Q: How would you describe your style?

  4. A: Solid, groovy, muscular, unassuming, girthy.

  5. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  6. A: Playing in time, and knowing when not to play, are the two most important things I try to keep in mind musically.

  7. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  8. A: Electric Basses: - Vintage Japanaese Lawsuit Gibson Grabber clone - P-Bass custom build with Flatwounds - Vintage Japanese Hollowbody bass with Flatwounds and Hofner Pickups - Vintage Japanese Hondo Solidbody with Maple Neck and Dimarzio split pickup Bass Pedals: - Ampeg Scrambler - EHX Big Muff NYC Reissue (2001) - EHX Small Clone NYC Reissue (2001) - EHX Bass Soul Food - EHX Bass Clone - EHX Octave Multiplexer - Proco RAT Ampeg Solid State amplification Focusrite ISA One Mic preamp + DI (super clean sounding), RME Fireface converters and preamps. Orchid Electronics Amp Interface for reamping signals out to amps, pedals, etc. Mics: Sennheiser MD421 AKG D112 SE Electronics SE2200 SE Electronics Z3300a SE Electronics VR1 Voodoo (Ribbon) Se Electronics R1 (Ribbon)

Gear Highlights
  • Vintage passive basses
  • analog bass pedals
  • ampeg amps
  • focusrite preamp/DI
  • RME preamps and converters
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