My current band is in the process of recording some tracks right now, and I'm looking for other bass players' opinions on this. I play a MM SR5 pretty much exclusively...and if it matters we generally play dropped a whole step and drop D (or drop C...however you say that). We play slightly progressivish metal...it ends up sounding somewhere between Lamb of God and Down. Its hard to explain. Anyway, I'm historically a funk/jamband guy who has recorded with those bands no problem. I usually run XLR direct from my SWR 350x and it sounds wonderful. But with this band, I'm finding that for some reason I sound a little too...Stingray. I feel like it doesn't blend well in the mix. The guy who is acting sort of as producer said "We need to record you on a 'metal' bass. Your bass just doesn't sound right." Granted, he's a drummer and generally I couldn't care less about what he thinks about my guitar sound. But, he did go to school for sound engineering and knows his stuff. However, he's a fan of some crappy bands and most of his metal likes/dislikes are completely different than mine and the rest of the band's. So I've got a couple of thoughts rolling around in my head. Basically, do you guys think an SR5 is appropriate for metal? 1) Any other recording suggestions? I'm going to try a mic this weekend, and probably try a mic/direct combination. Never tried it, but heard things. 2) I've been playing these songs fingerstyle for the last 4 months or so (after switching back and forth a couple of times prior to that), but everyone thought a pick sounded better on the recording so that's what I used. Obviously, my takes were a little reluctant and I think it shows on the recording. Plus, I think the pick made the 'Ray a little more prominent. I'm going to do my tracks again fingerstyle and hopefully dull the brightness and get a more comfortable take as well. 3) Can anyone think of any metal bands that the bass player plays a Ray? The only one I can think of is the dude from Powerman 5000. I'd like some suggestions so I could pick up an album. 4) I see absolutely no reason to rent another bass to record this...do any of you?! Its not like I'm using sub-par equipment. Thanks in advance for any info. This post is probably a little random, but I wanted to get my thoughts out there so I could have something to use this weekend.