I'd like some help with two things: 1. getting a good direct bass sound 2. getting a good IEM bass sound Got a question for you IEM users out there regarding getting a good tone in the IEM's and out front. I use IEM's. I run my bass through a boss CE3 chorus (only occasionally used) into my TC Electronics RH450 head and out it's DI (post EQ but I usually have everything set flat) into the mixer and use a small 210 just for a bit of stage reinforcement for the guitarists (one in each of the two bands I'm in) who use wedges. I need the IEM's to block out the loud wedges and room sound (tinnitus). Although they are good triple driver Shure SE535's the bass sound isn't too fantastic. It has too much high mids which give finger noise, and the bass distorts a bit (that is probably due to using my headphone microphone through input to be able to get more me at our last (first) gig since I didn't have the luxury of dialing in a great mix for myself and I sure needed to tweak things. Normally with my other two-piece band I can adjust my aux levels at the board quickly between songs and I don't get the distorting bass. I end up rolling off the tone knob most of the way. The "brittle" sound to me is just a direct sound without the benefit of the high frequency roll-off and general smoothing out that bass cabinets give. I am trusting that the sound out front is good and I don't have a separate EQ for the aux channel. I've lived with this and just accept it. But here's the problem: In the new band I'm in the guitarist/leader (supremely talented and fantastic guy) loves his wedges, and he loves them LOUD. So much so that I can't block out enough sound with my in-ears. At our gig I put a bit of his guitar and drums in my mix along with my more me bass, and just relied on monitor bleed for all the vocals and the soundcanvas synths, and I was on the far side of the stage. The drummer uses IEM's and electric drums. The guitarist has no amp on stage and uses a cabinet emulator and effects rack. The two vocalists want to have IEM's. One rents and the other plans to. So he's the last one we have to convert and could have a silent stage. He will be a tough sell though. He's been at it for decades this way and loves to hear his guitar loud. At solo (or duo) gigs he just brings one main and puts it up directly behind his head. Now if people are complaining that it's too loud but he's fine with it, imagine how much he's blasting his hearing. I love the guy, and this band is all him. He is the star and the leader and the driving force. Without him it's nothing. It's an amazing opportunity for me to play with solid pros and up my game. We will be able to get him to try IEM's, but if his mix sucks he won't buy into it. The bass sound in particular I can see him having an issue with. So after that very long explanation, can you please share how you get a great IEM bass sound. I have tried two sansamp pedals in the past and didn't like them. I can get the same sound with EQ on my amp but I'm reluctant to go for massive EQ'ing since I think they put a good "baked in" sound with everything flat. One thing I will try is to get a good IEM sound with EQ tweaks in my amp EQ, and see how it sounds in the main mix. Problem is that gigs won't allow for a lot of time in experimentation this way. I'll suggest to the band that we spend some time in rehearsal getting a good sound set up.