I'm a beginer bass player with lot's of electric guitar experience. I've recently kinda switched and now learning about bass guitar.
I've bought ESP Surveyour-5 with these pickups: EMG MMTW-5 / 40P5. Now, ESP has a reputation of gear for metal, so that's what I was shooting for.
Since I don't have any bass amps and won't for few months, I've been using my line6 pod hd interface to record and play my bass.
The only problem is, my tone is really muddy, hardly overdriven even with lot's of gain, it overdrives only high freq and all in all I'm just feeling like someone turned down lot's of volume on my bass and I'm trying to make it do things it couldn't. It lacks any growl, high and mid-range, although very decent at low range. Something just feels very off. All my vst plugins can't overdrive it's tone, I'm getting little bit crunchy at best.
I don't have much experince with bass guitars and I don't know if basses require some kind of different treatment. May be I should use some kind of D.I.? May be my bass is not supposed to play metal at all and these pickups won't do any good for really overdriven tone, may be I'm using wrong interface (although, I did try pluging into ECHO interface at my friend's home, didn't do much difference). What will you recommend?
I recorded a little bit, http://youtu.be/4Dg4R2V89Do
Two parts, first one is just a clean Ampeg VST and second one is TSE BOD with drive and volume on max. All the other knobs are default. Pre-amp on bass is 12 o'clock everytime. I'm using MMTW-5 pickup, finger plucking.
PS: yes, I've tried changing battery.