Originally Posted by el murdoque
thanks. i want to go easy on the guy since i suspect most other bands' bass-signals will be taken via DI before they get into the amp - since i crank both gain and drive go get some dirt into my signal, i don't want that to be heard on stage only.
my main question was if that'll sound ok through the PA.
In comparsion - a guitar amp that's distorted sounds terrible if you just tap the signal out and there's no speaker simulation.
i guess i'll just check that with our own pa on the next rehearsal.
FYI, guitar is a bit different from most bass situations. A guitarist gets much of his/her tone from overdriving low powered tube amps, and even more so from cone break-up in the speaker cabinet. So, guitarists are almost always mic'd up, since there is no way to get that tonality through a DI for the most part.
With bass, unless you are a super overdriven sort of deal, many bassists (including me) are quite happy with a pure, pre EQ DI signal to the board. For those bassists who like effects, it is quite easy to just put a pedal board between the bass and amp, resulting in the pedals to impact a pre DI signal (i.e., not letting stage EQ mess around with the direct signal, which will be going into yet another preamp at the board). However, a good sound person can deal with a post EQ DI signal from your amp so you can send a bit of 'warmth' to the board. That may or may not sound good to you out of the front of house.
I would again (from my many years of working with front of house guys and NEVER having an issue) to do your homework, let him/her know you know what you are doing (i.e., mentioning that you would like to send a post DI signal that might be a bit hot and need padding down, and that your master volume control used for stage volume will not effect the level of the send). It is amazing when you have that 60 second discussion how well things usually go