Sylvia, if you don't mind me asking, what is it about the LA-3A that you particularly like on bass compared to some of your other compressors? I'm sure it' s mostly a matter of trial and error and this signal chain working for you over the years, but as you have access to all those sexy, bug broadcast limiters, etc. I have to wonder what it is about the LA-3A that does it for you.
BTW, I spent one morning at Sunset Sound w/you on a Powerman 5K album, with my hungover band trying to extemporize 3 part harmonies over a song we had never heard before and you were an absolute peach; very encouraging and pleasant as we struggled to come up with something.
A little bit more about my favorite bass set-up. I choose the LA-3A's just for ease and consistency. They are often two in a rack, and I am used to the analog metering. I put the DI in one side and the amp in the other. Plug in and go. Easy-peasy.
I prefer a single Sennheiser 421 close micing the Ampeg cab. AKG D112 is another option. I don't usually use condenser mics on bass cabs