I have a H2 , and it is easy to OD your bass in it. FWIW though - it replicates pretty much what it hears. It could be that you are setting the recording volume too hot - or you are too loud. I found that I was setting my recording volume too hot and it was very gainy in sound. Try not to be too critical until you have tried a couple fo different things. It could be that you are asking it to do something it isn't meant to do, or in a way it wasn't meant to.