Hi folks, First off, I'm not at all sure setup is the right place for this, as I'm not sure what the cause of this is - but it seems like a good starting place. Basically, recently I've been experimenting with ways of recording my bass (I'm using an Aria Pro II passive fretless, with DiMarzio dp123 Jazz-style bridge pup, soloed) - and when I plug straight into the mixer (no DI box or any other processing in between) - I'm getting quite a dull sound (for want of a better description). I haven't noticed this before, really, because I usually play through my amp, and as the amp obviously colours the sound in various ways, it's not noticeable - whereas when I'm just hearing the raw sound of the thing, it's more obvious. I tried a comparison with my sister's Squier P-Bass, plugging it straight into the desk in the same way. With my bass, there's not an awful lot of volume - less than the P-Bass, and the sound doesn't have much body. It's like I'm hearing too much of the percussive sound of the strings against the fretboard etc. (which I don't want), and not enough of the actual tone. And the tone itself, is just a little lifeless, I guess. Whereas the Squier sounds pretty much like I would expect it to - gives decent tone and volume, and doesn't sound that dissimilar to how it sounds through an amp. I thought it might be the pickup itself - but it seems that the problem occurs with both the DiMarzio bridge pickup I put in, and the original Aria P-style neck pickup. And it can't be a technique issue (kiss my ass, PoT ), because for one, this seems like something with is beyond the scope of technique, and like I said, it doesn't occur with the Squier P-Bass. So, I'm not sure what could be causing it - I guess it's something to do with the setup of the thing. Maybe there is something not quite right with the wiring? Or maybe it's just my bass? I'm really not sure. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.