As some of you know, recording is a kind of hobby of mine, and one which will keep me occupied for many years to come. I firmly believe that recording is every bit as much an artform as playing, and I understand that no one person can expect to master either, let alone both. Having said that, I've had some interesting experiences lately that I'd like to share, and maybe some of you have done some of these same things and will have some useful information to add. In the past few weeks, I've updated my recording gear so that I'll have some headroom (equipment-wise) to grow into once the little one arrives and the obligatory MORATORIUM ON GEAR SPENDING takes effect. Since the new gear (new computer, mixing board, audio interface, a couple of mics, etc) arrived, I've been doing most of my practicing through various mics (run flat through the board) with headphones on. I started doing this to learn more about the characteristics of the individual mics and placement issues, but I ended up learning a whole bunch about how my bass really sounds from various vantage points out in front of me while I'm playing, and what happens to acoustic bass sound as it moves further out from the sound source. While I'm sure that everyone who has tried this has gotten some different results, I highly recommend doing this for educational purposes. Not only will you be able to avoid some big surprises the next time you go into the studio (by knowing what you Do and DON'T want), but you will also be able to make some adjustments in your playing that can in some small way compensate for the way your bass projects (or doesn't) in certain ranges in real live acoustic situations. Has anybody else tried this? I feel like a new level of understanding is beginning to open up for me because of this.