A few months back I bought a USB audio interface, and since then I've been meaning to record all of my instruments in an objective, as-few-variables-as-possible setting. Nothing overly scientific, but hopefully a means of capturing the strengths (and weaknesses) of each bass. Well, last night the opportunity presented itself. The Mrs. was off at a girls-night shindig, and it was just me and the dog (and cats) at home. Bada boom... Parameters: Using my Stinkpad and M-Audio's Session software, I set up a 24-bar drum pattern. I then plugged in a bass (my Lull, arbitrarily) and came up with a medley of common riffs that would work on each instrument. I happened into the key of 'A', although there is some back & forth between major and minor. Here's the physical layout... Bass > Radial JDI > M-Audio Fastrack USB > Laptop via 'Session' software. Each instrument was EQ'd completely flat, with the blend pot centered (pickup volume controls balanced on the Lull). Volume was set as close to max as possible while monitoring the 'peak' light on the M-Audio interface to only appear during aggressive slapping. Batteries (Duracell) and strings (as noted) are all fresh-ish (overall time measured in one or two weeks, playing time less than five hours). The files were recorded within the 'Session' app, and then "mixed" to emphasize the level of the bass track. I then exported to .wav within Session, and normalized and converted to .mp3 using Audacity. The results? Try as I might, there is a bit of variation from one file to the next with respect to bass & drum levels. However, I think the character of each instrument still comes through. If you're so inclined, please let me know your thoughts. On to the carnage... Lakland Joe Osborn Alder body. Maple neck, ebony board. Fralin pickups and Bart NTMB preamp. Cleartone nickel strings. Mike Lull M5V Alder body. Maple neck, rosewood board. Duncan pickups and Bart NTMB preamp. Cleartone nickel strings. MTD 535 Ash body, walnut top. Maple neck & board. MTD stainless strings. MTD 635 Ash body, walnut top. Ash neck, maple board. MTD stainless strings. Roscoe SKB 3006 Ash body, myrtle top. Maple/purpleheart/maple (standard) neck, spalted purpleheart board. Bartolini pickups & preamp. MTD stainless strings. Roscoe SKB 3006 Ash body, maple top. Wenge wedge neck, maple board. Nord DC pickups and Aguilar OBP-3 preamp. MTD stainless strings. Sadowsky M5-24 Ash body. Maple neck & board. DR MM Fat Beams strings. I enjoyed the process, and hopefully the files are at least a bit useful in distinguishing between the woods, electronics, and other individual characteristics of each instrument. Thanks for your time!