I just got finished tracking a rock band. I recorded the bass guitar straight into a direct inject pre on my Firepod, into my computer. compared to other bassists i have recorded, his sound was really dull. i know his guitar wasn't top of the line, and his playing lacked some technique. I dont play any string instruments, so i couldnt really suggest anything to help him. First question: is there a book that i could buy/check out that is a "producers guide to popular instrument technique" that could give me just a little bit of technique understanding on a couple of the most popularly recorded instruments. Tuning drums, tuning guitars, coaxing a good vocal performance (i know there is quite a bit on this one) and stuff like that is what im looking for. Also, now that i am done recording him (and it wouldnt be possible to get him in to re-record) what kind of DSP can i perform to maybe make his sound more...bigger? It seems that his attack is really low, when i think there should be a definite start to the note. And last, are there any plugins/ effects that you regularly use to enhance the bass sound? (like should i compress the bass?) Thanks!