Start to Finish: Greg Wells - Episode 7 - Recording Bass

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The pulse of every song exists in the bed laid down by the rhythm section, and no rhythm section is complete without the melodic and rhythmic contribution of the bass player.

In this episode of Greg Well's Start To Finish Series, he composes, records and edits the bass guitar line to add rhythmic and melodic movement to Bryce Drew's song "Lucky Number."

After completing the bass track, Greg recaps Day 2 at Sunset Sound and prepares for the third and final day.

Watch as Greg:

  • Explains his use of a Sans Amp RB1 to create the perfect bass tone
  • Composes an energetic and melodic bass line on camera
  • Performs the bass part
  • Edits the bass performance down

Watch the rest of the series here.

Equipment & Software
  • Sans Amp RBI
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Greg Wells

Grammy award-winning, Canadian musician, songwriter, and record producer, Greg Wells, has been dubbed “A Swiss Army Knife” in the recording studio by the legendary Stewart Copeland for good reason.

As a multi-instrumentalist, he has the ability to artfully mold his productions with incredible precision, craftsmanship, and most importantly, taste. Combining his musicianship with his uncanny abilities as a producer, engineer, and mixer, he has seen album sales top 120 million, with streaming numbers in the billions. With a B.

His diverse list of credits includes superstars such as Adele, Dua Lipa, Twenty One Pilots, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Celine Dion, Deftones, Kid Cudi, Weezer, OneRepublic, Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams, Aerosmith and so many more that we would need a really long scroll bar to list them all. 

Greg has seen monumental success recently with the release of the motion picture soundtrack for “The Greatest Showman”, which he not only produced but played on as well.


The Greatest Showman


Katy Perry

Twenty One Pilots

Grace VanderWaal

Dua Lipa

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2021 Jan 19
am blown away at the complexity and it sounds great!!!!
2021 Jan 10
Many minutes goes to watch Greg play bass. But what about the sound, shouldn´t there be more information about the signal path, compression on the way in etc? THATS what I want to know and why I pay to watch these series. But not a word on this.
2020 May 31
Wow. This video made me super self conscious of my bass playing. You're so good, Greg!
2020 Feb 21
So great, loving these videos and learning so much with a great inside into the mind of a talent.. Loving Zac's top work also.
2020 Jan 11
Wow! I am amazed at your bass playing Mr. Wells!!! Now I am not only a fan of your mixing but also of your bass playing.
2020 Jan 08
Thanks Greg! Good god you're pretty multi-amazingly talented.
2020 Jan 08
Really enjoying the series so far. Looking forward to the next episode! Cheers from Australia!
2020 Jan 07
Nice bass part!
Sam Sebastian
2020 Jan 05
Greg, thank you for the extra explanations about settings on the SansAmp. Highly appreciated. :-)
2020 Jan 05
Italian subtitles, please
2020 Jan 05
I’m really enjoying this series and what a beautiful song, it would be great if the next start to finish series could be done using logic. Thanks, Jamie
2020 Jan 04
Hey everyone - this is Greg. The settings on my used RB1 that I got on Reverb for $300 are simple. The signal is about 20/80 dry/wet, meaning 20% of the straight bass sound coming down the guitar cable, and 80% sansamp amp simulation. Everyone is at 12 o’clock except the bass frequency is a little hotter, maybe 2 o’clock. Very plug and play. The episode feels a bit short to me too but it all happened pretty quickly. That bass part sort of appeared on the very first take and then I played a second take that was trying to be a more refined version of the first performance. I got lucky!
2020 Jan 04
So informative (not) ... I guess we should just buy a Sansamp and tweak the hell outta it until it sounds like this. Disappointing to say the least, nice bass sound to say the most.
Sam Sebastian
2020 Jan 04
Very good sounding bass. It wouldn't hurt if Greg showed how he tweeked the knobs on a SansAmp to get that sound. :-/
2020 Jan 04
Greg is so impressive. (Bryce too!) He is extremely musical, articulate and this series of videos provides such valuable information about approach, technical pointers, musical pointers... Great Stuff!
TC Hotrod
2020 Jan 04
That guy is really amazing and gifted ! And these series are really a learning experience with a lot of tips and process we can apply even for home-studio production.
2020 Jan 03
this whole series has been super interesting, but oh my goodness this episode was just amazing......that was one of the best bass sounds AND performances I've heard in a long time......such incredible tasty playing and totally brought the song alive. standing ovation to you my good sir!
2020 Jan 03
you guys are milking the hell out of this series...
2020 Jan 03
So great! I just ove this series! This bass line is wonderful!
2020 Jan 03
So Short! Here is what I saw: 1) Greg plays some niiiice bass. 2) The rick pickup switch looks in the middle 3) the RBI sounds real good 4) Greg picks the best bass take then COMPs from another take to make a solid bass track 5) Much of getting your tracks to sit well relies on editing/cleanup Cant wait until the next episode!
2020 Jan 03
Dammi nice bass sound!