Hey all, This question was inspired by an ongoing discussion I've been having with my guitarist about music in general. He is more of a classic rock guy, and while I have a great deal of appreciation for classic rock, one thing I have always had a hard time appreciating is the apparent lack of bass (frequencies, not the instrument) on many classic rock recordings. Bass frequencies and sub bass, rather than the presence of the just the instrument itself, seem to me to be more of a modern thing, especially in rock. Modern rock recordings (post 2000s I would venture) IMO seem beautifully rich and full of Bass and sub Bass, which to me do great justice to the toms, kick drum, snare even, and of course the Bass guitar. Combine that with the explosion in popularity of house and EDM music in the 2000s, and really to me it seems that Bass, in the sense of high SPL at low frequencies, is a modern thing. I have a few questions for the more experienced, knowledgeable, and educated of yall since I simply am ignorant: Why do older recordings sound so lacking in Bass (frequencies). Was it the mics? Was it the bass amps and or PAs themselves back themselves? Did live shows back then just not have as much Bass frequency content? Did people just not have an "ear" for bass (frequencies, not the instrument) back then? When I go to cheaper shows in my town, and even at some of the more "medium tier" venues, my experience is often soured by what I perceive as cheap 1990s PA systems that feel like nothing but shrieking mids and very little Bass. This had me thinking that perhaps this is all just the result of the timeline of technology development in bass frequency reproduction and recording, along with the tech and cost associated with high SPL low frequency gear from the perspective of pure electrical power. This is especially important to me now because we are trying to get into the studio come January to record two original songs, and I know that in simple terms I want the tracks to have very present bass frequencies, for more than just the Bass guitar but for the sound as a whole. I already have a feeling that there might be some disagreement with the producer and even perhaps my bandmates because the music itself that we write is very classic rock with some jazz, genres that have not been known for their bass frequency content, especially when it comes to older recordings from those genres. I would like to understand why it is the case that historically these genres were not known for having good Bass frequency content, and why IMO the modern reality is if you go to a high production value live jazz show or rock show today, there is plenty full, punchy, powerful, BODIED low frequency content bolstering the whole experience... Thanks all!