So, something @howard and @peterhuppertz were just discussing in a different thread got me thinking again. I am still very confused about the many ways to go from an input (the bass; and for the discussion here, let’s assume it puts out a neutral signal) to a recorded tone that is close to what you want to achieve (for a given song, genre, your general preference etc.).
For what I own hardware-wise, I could think of at least six configurations and I just wanted to put them out here for discussions - i.e., why a certain configuration is good or bad, or meaningless, or to be avoided because of reasons a, b, c etc.
To explain the graphic: I have a Rumble Studio 40, which is a modeling amp (i.e., it simulates amps, cabs, and effects); the GT-1B is a multi-effects board (i.e., it also models amps, cabs and effects), but for the discussion it could be replaced with any assortment of effects or just a pre-amp; GB stands or GarageBand, which also models amps, cabs and effects, apart from recording.
So what is feasible? What is impossible (e.g., because of signal levels being too low)? What is ludicrous? What is loony? What is the best approach?