Yeah, I'd say, conservative estimate, that 75% of your favourite bass tones are going to be either Ampeg, Sansamp, or a combination of the two, simply because of how often both pieces of gear get used on modern rock/metal recordings. The Sansamp does an excellent job all on its own. Hell, even the plugin version is decent. And if you did end up with a full bass rig, it's not like it would sit around collecting dust, you could use it with that too, or hell, try it into your POD.
I've been using a Sansamp RPM pre with pretty good results lately, though eventually I'll want to sell it and grab the more-bass-specific RBI. It's about $100 more than that, but it's a more flexible rackmountable version which makes it way sexier.
Get the VT Bass instead of the Bass Driver. It's just as versatile and doesn't have as much of a mid scoop... plus it does a very convincing Ampeg simulation. I swear by mine, either as a way of getting a shitty backline to sound good or driving a real Ampeg to get some grit without leveling the rehearsal room.
GC didn't have the VT model and I was feeling a little impatient so I went with this one instead. I thought about getting the programmable version but for just recording purposes this one will suit me fine. I sort of just want to set it and forget it and have a decent bass tone dialed in when I need it.
BTW Pete, if you find it really mid-scooped, turn down the treble and bass knobs to around 9 o'clock and compensate for the volume drop with gain/volume. That will give you a mid boost (which is typically tough to dial in since there's no Mid knob and the gain knob scoops mids quite heavily too.)
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