Second the SansAmp Bass Driver DI. They are retailing for about $199 on Musician's Friend, I think $189 on Zzounds.
I got one several months ago, and I won't record my bass without it. Great tone, good punch, and you can really shape the sound anyway you want to.
They have a programmable model for about $100 more that allows you to save 3 user presets to 3 different channels.
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