I've been asking myself a question lately: how can I get a similiar live tone to my rehearsal/album bass tone?. I am always on mercy of sound engineers at a venue we're playing, we don't have our own sound guy. My signal chain goes like this: Passive old Japan Tokai hard puncher with P+J pups -> tuner -> markbass compressore -> volume pedal -> darkglass b3k -> couple of modulation effects -> ashdown ABM 500 -> ABM fridge. Ashdown head and cabs do a lot of tone shaping, I'm using"shape" button which makes a strong mid scoop, then I'm using parametric EQ to get back some mids in specific areas like moderate bump on 320 hz and 1.3 khz. The cabs also add their own flavour. You can get an idea of how it sounds by checking song "Sleep" (bass is pronounced on this one) on my bandcamp: The problem is that most of the sound guys have some kind of problem with Ashdown built in DI output, and they want me to send signal unprocessed by the amp's EQ, or just use some crappy Di box available on the venue. The result is a tone lottery. So I was thinking about solution as follows: Buying a DI preamp (already ordered used Ampeg Scr and Vt bass di, I'm gonna choose one and sell the other) and making my tone shaping using only my pedalboard, setting everything flat on the amp. The preamp will be last in the signal chain so the sound guy will get "my" tone. I could also connect my bass + pedalboard to an audio interface and do the tone shaping through studio monitors which should give even better result because the ABM won't be adding it's colour and it should be similar to mixing through PA. Do you think it's the right way to go? Or am I creating problems for sound guy this way because he needs that flat sounding tone to do shaping that fits the venue room acoustics? Also, maybe I should buy something like Radial J48 and put it after ampeg/VT di (I'm worried about quality of DI on both units). Please share your ideas on the topic. P.S: I will record a comparison test between ampeg scr and vt bass when they arrive, to contribute little something to a talkbass community, as a new user.