Hi, newbie here. I´m having trouble finding a good, normal bass tone. I don´t get the low, fat, focused bottom "growl" that professional recordings have. I play acoustic/electric pop in the style of Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young and Teenage Fanclub. When I compare my mixes to reference tracks I always find that my bass lack the deep, clear bottom. But when I turn up the fader I only get a flabby, empty,"balloony" sound that disturbs the whole mix. I have tried pretty much everything when it comes to eq- and compression, and various plugins (R-bass, Low Air, CLA-bass, saturation etc. etc.) without any change. I have also changed my playing, from pick, to thumb, to fingers, soft and hard and in between, without result. I therefore assume that I need some type of preamp or mic preamp to get the heavier bottom end? I tried a Sansamp Bass Driver DI, but to no avail, it only colored the sound, no more than a bass vst amp simulator. I live in an apartment with thin walls, so an amp and a speaker is not an option. After reading posts here and watching You-tube videos, it seems to me that most of you bass players use DI:s such as Reddi and Avalon U5, but you also talk about mic preamps, such as Neve 1073 and API 512. DI:s, active nor passive, as far as I understand are not preamps since they don´t raise the output level enough. But is it the Reddi DI that produce the weight to the bass, or is it the mic preamp? I have saved up ca 1000 dollar that I am prepared to spend on gear, but I really need advice on what to spend it on. When it´s a deep, low, fat bottom I want, should I go for a DI, like Reddi or Avalon U5, or should I get a mic preamp, like a Neve or API (or rather, an affordable clone)? I have a Steinberg UR RT-2 audio interface, that has Rupert Neve Designs transformers on the preamps. Very grateful for answers.