Hello, Before I ask My question, I am hoping that I can be as objective as possible about this subject, as well I am hoping We all can be. What I am wondering about is when We plug our bass into a D.I box and run it into the FOH board how is that signal different then when we run it through our amps? Lets work with just a passive bass, running into a standard D.I box, running into the board, feeding two mains and two subs, very standard set up. The sound that We hear is a very clean, almost a sterile sound ( Am I being subjective ? ) Why does this sound so different from what We hear from our amps? The boards are designed to produce a very clean unaltered sound, although all mixing boards have a distinct sound, but We rate the mixing boards pre-amp much differently then our bass amps, and our cabs our designed to reproduce the bass FQ's better then FOH speakers. Now We can't do anything about the pre-amps in the mixing board ( except to introduce outboard gear, but We are not going to do that ) So We are left with the boards EQ and the way the speakers reproduce the sound coming from the board. With the EQ flat We hear the sound of a DI'ed Bass, My question is, Is this sound mostly generated from the pre-amp or the speakers or both ? When We run music through the FOH it sounds great, the bass is full and tight and it is reproduced accurately from the recording. Of course We have the room to deal with. I think the short version of this question is, are there FQ that you can cut to soften the sterile sound, and is it possible to use a crossover for just the bass channel? While I usually will get a general level for the bass, I do not start shaping the sound until all other instruments are playing during sound check. which of course brings up the other question, if you are in a cover band, one song from the next is really going to benefit from a different type of bass sound, but what you going to do? I have listened to some of the isolated bass tracks on YouTube, a good example is Rio by Duran Duran, I was really surprised at the way the bass track sounded, and it made Me think My approach to a " good bass tone" was all wrong. This is the reason I tweak the bass tone with everyone playing now, and not worry much about the soloed bass tone as much.