I'm looking to buy a bass for recording and wanted some recommendations. I record and play everything from progressive metal to punk music, so something that does well in that high gain music is very important. I don't know a lot about bass guitars despite playing bass a lot throughout the years, so what should I look for? I asked Nolly what he recommended for a budget metal bass and he recommended me the Schecter Stiletto 5, so that's definitely on the list of possibilities.
I also wanted to ask, do I really need a 5 string bass? Pretty much 80% of the videos I see of metal bands recording their albums I them playing 5 string basses without even touching the lowest string. I don't know... I play a 7 string so having the bass mimic the guitar an octave lower is important, but I don't use a 7 string much more than say, 30% of the time. Still a sizable chunk of time, but not extensive.
1.) I agree with Nolly's recommendation. The Stiletto Studio basses are awesome in their own right, and will hold their own against instruments easily twice the price.
2.) I think having that fifth string is important. It makes playing some four-string licks much easier, gives you more room to play with, and allows access to the all-important low D that I use so much in pretty much every genre of music I play. The only 4-stringer that I play regularly in standard tuning has a lever to drop the low E to a D without changing the position of the other notes on the fretboard.