Ok, I've NEVER been able to get a bass sound I'm 100% happy with.
It's not the source - the Sherman sounds sick. I generally record it with the actives bypassed because the fundamental tone of the thing is just so good.
Theoretically, it shouldn't be the gear, either - I've experimented with splitting the signal between a direct line through a Sansamp pre, and then a mic'd, grittier signal from my Rectoverb's clean, and then lately with that Ampeg VST modeling plugin.
Still sounds mushy and indistinct in the mix to me. So, I figure it's gotta be the way I'm mixing my bass tracks.
So what do you guys do? EQ thoughts/philosophies? Compression settings/philosophies? Any other tips or tricks? Thanks!
a real bass amp