I have been jamming with a group of guys over the last couple months. Usually its just drums bass guitar/guitars, vocals. Same settings on my side everytime, decent bass tone. Last night we had a keyboardist jam with us. Dude was pretty damn good, hell of a singer as well. The one thing I noticed is that the keyboard and I shared the same frequency spectrum. I couldn't here my bass for shit. This didn't bother me, but it made me think. In this situation my bass tone was completely 'lost in the mix' but I am still playing the notes, so if there were an audience they would still be hearing the notes as well, but the notes aren't really standing out. So as a bassist, if you want your tone to 'cut through the mix' is it strictly based on Ego, or does the audience benefit from the bass standing on its own? Not that it matters much for me, the chances of me playing in front of an audience are slim to none.