A few days ago, I had the first studio session to record my original songs. It's a home studio run by a father and son "team." I'm extremely unfamiliar with recording technology. I've read articles on Bass Player magazine and others, though, so I have some general bits of knowledge on the matter. The guy tried running a regular instrument cable from the "line out" of the amp into the board. My bass (Traben Havoc) has a preamp with 2 9-volt batteries, so it was clipping the input level at the board. I suggested to use the XLR output instead. That worked. The recorded sound was pretty damn good to my ears. THE QUESTION: Should I get a DI box? How much of a difference will that $150-200+ expense ACTUALLY have on my sound? I'm not an audiophile. If it's something that only pro studio engineers, and musicians with "dog ears" or "audiophile ears" will notice, then I don't care. Your input will be truly appreciated.