I was recording a friend's band recently, 70's punk stuff, and I wasn't thrilled with the bass sounds that we were getting. We're recording in a single room, so track drums and bass at the same time, we have to DI the bass. We've always got the option to reamp the bass later (though we didn't with these demos). The bassist is great, he plays a Fender Jazz with his fingers, don't know what kind of strings he had on but they were roundwounds and looked old. The issue was that we weren't getting a lot of note definition, basically the attack of the notes was very soft. A pick might help with this, but I don't want to ask someone to change their basic playing style on the spot. At one point I suggested using a Precision, he didn't want to because he liked the thinner Jazz neck and he's got small hands. Is there a recommendation for strings that would give a more aggressive attack? Rotosounds perhaps? I'm guessing that newer strings would help. Part of my reason for thinking about strings is that it's an easy change that would leave this guy's bass relatively unchanged. I should add that the bass sound wasn't bad, I just felt we could have gotten more shape out of it. I ended up making a copy of the bass track, taking off the low end, putting a saturation/distortion plugin on it, then mixing that gritty mid-range track up underneath the original full range signal. Any advice is welcome, thanks!