So I've browsed many of the threads here and haven't quite found the answer I'm looking for, so I thought maybe I'd ask for some guidance. We're recording an album and I am looking to do things a little differently on the bass tracks than I have in the past. My live setup is my Sterling HS 5 through some pedals (B3K, Manta, Boss Flanger) and into my DG Microtubes. From there through Hartke 4x10 & 1x15. This combination delivers a very signature sound with different drive depths that I like to vary. When recording in the past, I would have just taken the clean (but post-preamp) DI signal from my old Hartke head to lay down every track front to back. Then I would have gone back and layered the drive parts over top, mixing and compressing the two tracks later. With the tracks we want to do now, I'm looking to lose the slight "softness" (lack of punchiness?) that doubling adds to my sound (like here, or even more at this transistion), so what I'd really like to do is play through each track just once (or rather until I get one good take), recording three signals parallel: My mic'd amp sound, 1m or so from one of the 12" cones. We have a room that sounds pretty great, and I hope that this will capture the character of my sound well. The DI signal from the Microtubes, with the preamp in VMT mode. The signature DG grit without the room will probably be the primary signal. The unadulterated sound of the Sterling I picked up from CL400Peavey on here. It has great character and tone, and I figure I can mix this sound into any of the drive parts if we do end up losing any low end. I'd like this sound to be as direct as possible so that if anything goes wrong I can also re-amp it if needed. Getting to this third signal is what I'm hung up on. Do I get a simple signal splitter and use it to branch the active bass right into the board while going into the pedal board at the same time? If so: recommendations? Or should I go with something like the Ampeg SCR DI, sending its signal to the board and the direct line into the pedals? (The Avalon U5 is out of my price range.) I'd love to hear tips from any of the more experienced folks here.