Hi everybody. I've just come from a local recording studio where I was recording some bass tracks for a rock band. This is my Bongo's first recording session and I had a trouble that I'm hoping you friendly TalkBassers help me to solve (I also posted this at the EBMM forums). The problem was: When I plugged the bass (direct to the recording console), it distorted and clipped a lot. The recording "engineer" (no real recording engineers here) tried to solve the problem by moving his knobs and couldn't do it. I told him: "Look: With all my basses, I've been used to set the volume knob at maximum and control my output from the amplifier. With this beast, I simply can't do it. No matter how many -500db pads I use, the amps always clip, so I have to turn my volume knob down. Maybe that's the solution for this as well". He told me that doesn't like to do that because he feels that putting the instrument's volume knob other than full makes the instrument to sound weaker, so he started to mess with my bass' knobs (except volume) and he could approximate a decent clean tone, but not totally convinced, anyway. I don't know... I'm not a recording engineer, but I think that moving the tone and pickups' knobs to a different setting than the one I like REALLY changes the bass character. In fact, the bass EQ knob, for instance, was almost zero. I think it's best to turn down the volume, but I have no arguments to convince this guy, so I really appreciate your input on this. Who's right? My preferred settings for playing with a band (different from solo playing) are everything full blast. Only the low mids slightly cut (like on 6,5 -from 1 to 10-). We're going to continue the recording on Tuesday night (although I think it should start all over again). Any advice for recording my Bongo is welcome. Thank you in advance!