Derek Frank

Derek Frank is one of the most in-demand bass players in the Los Angeles music scene today. He is currently a member of touring bands for Gwen Stefani, Shania Twain, Daniel Poweter, and he formerly has toured with artists/bands such as Shakira, Air Supply, Victoria Justice, Dancing With The Stars, Aly & AJ, Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, Jeff Golub, David Pack, and others. He studied music at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, and at the University of Miami.

Currently Derek splits his time between touring and studio work, and frequently travels with a mobile recording rig so that he can maintain his ever-growing roster of studio clients.

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Derek typically records his basses through an A-Designs REDDI tube direct box (left) or an Avalon U5 solid state direct box, with a Universal Audio 710 mic preamp into an Empirical Labs Distressor (compressor) recording directly into Logic via a MOTU 828 interface. This direct setup is used for the majority of his clients.

UA 610 mic preamp

For clients desiring a mic'd cabinet/ room sound, Derek also will mic his 1965 Ampeg B-15 amplifier, or his Aguilar DB750 amp/DB410 cabinet with a Sennheiser MD421 mic, through a Universal Audio 610 tube mic preamp (left). Blending the direct and mic'd signals yields excellent results.


When he's on the road, he uses a different (yet still great-sounding) mobile rig with his laptop, along with an Aguilar TLC Compressor pedal into an Aguilar Tone Hammer Preamp pedal, with an Apogee One interface direct into Logic. In lieu of mic-ing an actual bass amp with this mobile setup, Derek utilizes IK Multimedia's Ampeg SVX plug in. This is basically a virtual bass amp, which allows for choosing several different classic and modern Ampeg head/ cabinet combinations. A variety of mics can also be chosen, along with varying degrees of ambient/ room sound.

Tracks can be exported in any format required, including AIFF, WAV, or SD2. Details pertaining to format, sample rate, direct vs. mic, etc. can be discussed once you contact Derek about your specific project.

studio gear

Avalon U5 solid state direct box, Universal Audio 710 mic preamp, Empirical Labs Distressor (compressor)