After a recent gig with awesome sound coming through my cab & absolutely horrible sound through the P.A. I have done some seroius experimentation with my amplification and here are some results I think everyone going direct out may want to consider. Comments are very much appreciated as well 1st... What comes out of my cab & the P.A are worlds apart 2nd... During soundcheck I have to EQ my bass to the P.A. first with my cab on mute. This isolates the P.A. to my ears with no bias of my excellent cab to hide the P.A.s lousy sound. 3rd... Once the P.A. sound is isolated & sounding good I must have a seperate equalizer adjustment to my cab to compensate for the changes I made for P.A. speakers. I CANNOT use 1 EQ to sound good for my Cab & the P.A. I wont risk it again. 4th... I could go direct out through my Gallien Krueger Pre EQ to avoid the need for another EQ but I want more control PLUS my compressor \ effects are in my loop (I should probably know if my effects loop is affecting my sound when my I use Pre EQ but I have no idea) 5th... So as a result I will pick up a Preamp for the rack, run that post eq with the compressor \ effects Direct Out, go into my GK amp & re-equalize while using the 2nd channel of my compressor as now appropriate. When buying amps I will now highly consider whats important for live gigs such direct out features, power of equalization with less weight on wattage, cabs (The people hear the P.A. not your cab with direct out) I guess I'm not a big fan of micing a bass cab. I have very little confidence in a soundman putting an appropriate mic in front of my cab, the interference with other stuff etc although there may be others out there that prefer this. Which leads to another question Do you go Direct Out in this manner or do you prefer mics?