For several years now my band has been recording a yearly album, and I have never cared much for the sound of my bass in the recordings but for various reasons just "let it be". Live I get a good punchy sound, and even get a fairly good sound in the headphones when I'm soloed, but in the mix it sounds bad and disappears. Last night for some reason was my night for attention and finally the band gave me the evening to get my tone improved, so at least two hours were spent trying different basses, different setings on my preamp (using my GK head) using compression then no compression, cutting everything but mids, etc, etc. and nothing seemed to bring out the bass in the mix. It had a clean sound but no punch and got lost in the mix. As a last ditch effort as everyone was packing up I went and got my hartke kickback 10 that I use in practice and miked it in a soundbooth and "voila!" ... punch. I don't pretend to understand the whys of digital recording but I don't understand why I couldn't get a good tone going direct?? Share your wisdom..