Looks like this is the right forum so: I am wondering why I seem to get a completely opposite type of tone on a recording playback than when I am playing something at the time? If it makes a difference I am using a Jackson JS2 with stock pups but I believe they are the HO pups. Anyhoo, the amp and settings do not seem to matter nor does the room or recording method as the recorded playback sounds the same regardless. Basically no matter how deep/low/muddy I set my tone at, on a recording it always comes out bright and plucky/clanky sounding. How do you go from an "ampeg" sound live to what I will describe as a "funk bass" sound on the playback? Is this common to bass recordings? (guitars and other instruments recorded with the bass seem to sound fine) Or is this a trait of the bass I use? The only thing that I think has solved this (and I cannot say for sure as I was not involved in the mixing) was when I was recording via a direct out to a mixer>computer software. I have only been playing bass for about a year and do not have a lot of recording experience so sorry if this is a newbie question but if anyone can solve this mystery it would be greatly appreciated!