Hi. I've been lurking here for quite some time, and I've learned a ton just by searching around. Great forum. I've been trying for some time now to record a bass tone I'm really happy with. Some have said what I've done sounds fine - and maybe it does - but it's still not what I'm looking for. I have 2 basses ( a squire vintage modified P-Bass, and an old Peavey Fury, also a P-bass knock-off). neither are great, but honestly, neither of them are too bad. I was recording with a Bass Pod. Wasn't happy so I sold it and got the Ampeg plug-in. It has some great sounds, but I have yet to capture anything with it that sounds right in the mix. Also - I have a Sansamp DI. Again - nice sounds, just doesn't mix like I'm looking for. On top of all that my mic-pre is a FMR RNP. Just going direct so far, with slight tweaking in Sonar 6 sounds closest to what I'm looking for. So - what am I looking for? This is a tough one. Just hard to explain. Everything I record has this booming sound that fills out the bottom end just fine. But I'm looking for something a bit more focused (??) I just want the bass to sound like another instrument in the mix, not the entire bottom end of the music. Am I making any sense? Listen to "Something" or "Penny Lane" by the Beatles. You hear the bass moving around, very melodically. It sounds very tight and focused, not all over the place sonically. In my tracks, all that melody and moving around just kind of gets lost - can't really hear the bass for the bass, you might say. I've considered modifying my Peavey. I was thinking of replacing the pickup with a Duncan SPB-1, and adding a SJB-1 Jazz pickup at the bridge (a bit more vintage). Then, replace the crappy bridge with a Badass II. Would these mods help? No? If needed I can grab a 10 second sample so you can hear what I'm getting. I appreciate any advice. Been playing guitars live and in studio semi-pro for over 20 years. Up until now I haven't had to spend much time with bass. But I'm learning quick! Thanks.