Ari Friedman, NYC Songwriting Contest

Fender Precision Bass | Recording Music for a Documentary

I recently got a last minute call to create vintage sounding bass tracks for a movie in the upcoming Tribeca Film Fest. But in order to track the parts, I needed a vintage bass, and fast.

1977 Fender Precision Bass - Demo My Song™
1977 Fender Precision Bass with Altec 1567A in backround.
1977 Fender Precision Bass - Demo My Song
1977 Fender Precision Bass

A favorite stop of mine since moving to NYC has been Dreamhire. They rent tons of cool vintage recording equipment, including this 1977 Fender Precision Bass. I rented it for half the price GC was going to charge me. To sweeten the deal, a snow storm hit and I got to keep the bass a whole extra day. I love snow storms because it slows the world down for minute. We rarely get that living in NYC.

Hunkering down in my home studio with a hot pot of coffee creating bass tracks for a couple days was the perfect way to get through the storm.

Snow storm nyc - Demo My Song
Snowstorm NYC 2017 - It was a perfect day to stay home and record bass.

As of March 2017, Dreamhire is closing it’s doors and selling it’s stock. I got a chance to chat with the owner, Chris Dunn. He originally acquired the stock from BMG Nashville in 2001. The list of gear was impressive and included Fairchild compressors, Vintage Neve Pre’s, an enormous mic collection and more. Chris said some of the equipment in his shop passed through countless famous fingers over decades of use. To see this iconic spot go is another sign of the changing times in the music industry. Things continue to go more digital. Requiring less equipment to meet modern day expectations for production means that more traditional studios will continue to have to fight to survive. We are doing our part to support these iconic spaces whenever we can. Working in real studios with real players is the reason we got into music production in the first place. It sounds great, it brings people together, and it’s fun!

Demo My Song CEO - Trystan Matthews
Demo My Song® Founder & CEO, Trystan Matthews
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