The things I use to record your music – geek section.


Gear - Tiago Dias bass sessions - Online session bass tracks

Here you will be able to find out more details about the gear I use on my online bass sessions and in the studio to record your music.  I use a variety of basses, amps, pedals and recording gear to create the perfect professional sounding bass track for your music.  From vintage to modern edgy sounding gear, I’ve got it all covered.  Tube preamps, mosfet tube technology, solid state amps, digital bass preamps and a vast collection of analogue vintage and modern pedals.

Do you have a specific music era in mind for the bass tone?  Perhaps an 80’s rock bass?  A 70’s funky envelope filter bass part?  Contemporary pop?  Or even something futuristic experimental?  I have the tools that allow me to achieve that for you in no time.

Gear List

Below you will find the gear that I have at my fingertips to create the perfect bass tracks for you.  Many combinations can be achieved between vintage and modern gear to achieve the bass tone you’re after.  Additionally, I also have virtual bass amplification and effects in my recording software that pretty much gives me the possibility to really fine tune the bass tone to exactly match your brief.


Musicman StingRay 5

Fender Jazz Bass 75′ reissue

Fender Precision Bass deluxe

Ibanez ATK 305


Mesa Boogie Big Block 750 (Head)

Markbass Little Mark 800 (Head)

Hartke HA400 (Head)

Gallien Krueger MB150E-112 III (Combo)


The Ampeg SVT-212AV

Mesa Boogie PowerHouse 4×10

Hartke XL Series 115

Hartke XL Series 210


DIs and Preamps

MXR bass d.i.+ (DI, preamp, for nice warm and big sounding bass preamp)

Tech 21 SansAmp bass driver DI (DI, preamp, for vintage tube tones, bright modern slap sounds, gnarly distortions, and all in between)


MXR M87 Bass Compressor (amazing compressor, can’t do without it)

Aphex Optical Compressor (great for tight bass tones with a smidge of drive)

Envelope Filters

MXR M82 Bass Envelope

EBS BassIQ (classic envelope sound)

Electro-Harmonix Q-Tron+ (super funky filter with up and down filter sweeps)

DOD FX25B Envelope Filter (full of character, think 70’s funk and Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Source Audio Soundblox Bass Envelope Filter

Source Audio Soundblox PRO Bass Envelope Filter

Digitech Bass Synth Wah (envelope filter, bass Synth and capable of some nasty tones, think Muse)

Electro-Harmonix Bass Balls

Dunlop 105Q Cry Baby (wah pedal voiced for bass)

Octave Dividers

Boss OC2 Octave (classic octave)

Boss OC3 Super Octave

Electro-Harmonix Octave Multiplexer (vintage octave)

EBS OctaBass

Overdrive and Fuzz

Boss ODB3 Bass Overdrive

MXR M89 Bass Overdrive

T-Rex Crunchy Frog Overdrive

Big Muff π Sovtek (it’s like the Hulk of the fuzzes because it’s green and just sounds massive)

MXR El Grande Fuzz

MXR M84 Bass Fuzz Deluxe

Colorsound Bass Fuzz

Modulation and Reverb

MXR ZW90 Phase Guitar Pedal

MXR M83 Bass Chorus (this pedal is a chorus and flanger in one box, sounds amazing, think bass 80’s rock)

Electro-Harmonix Small Stone Phase Shifter (original vintage from the 70’s pedal)

Marshall RG-1 Regenerator (chorus & modulation)

TC Electronic Hall Of Fame (reverb for moody bass vibes)


Electro-Harmonix Bass Micro Synthesizer (the vintage one)

Boss SYB-5 Bass Synthesizer

Digitech Bass Synth Wah


Aphex Aural Xciter (aural exciter, amazing for big sounding bass and bass slap)

Bass Outboard Preamp

Rocktron Blue Thunder – Digital Bass Preamp and Effects rack unit

(reverb, delay, phaser, flanger, tremolo, compressor, distortion, cabinet simulation, speaker exciter)

Microphone Preamps

Focusrite Saffire PRO 40

Art Digital MPA II (two channel tube mic amplifier, currently running Genalex Russian tubes)


Shure SM57

Shure SM58 Beta

Shure Beta 91A

sE Electronics 4400a


sE Electronics SE1a Matched Stereo Pair

AKG C3000