Music Man basses and Ernie Ball strings provide the foundation for Dave's sound, both live and in the studio.
In concert, Dave's bass of choice is the Bongo. He uses both the 4 and 5 string, depending on the gig.
The recording studio provides the opportunity to experiment with more sounds, and Dave uses a variety of basses when recording. The primary choice is still the Bongo, including the 6 string model. Having used Sterlings for years, Dave gravitates to that bass for certain sounds. He also frequently uses the Stingray 5 and the Sterling 5. For fretless work, Dave favors his Bongo 5, and an older Stingray 5.
The Ernie Ball Extra Slinky nickel round wound strings are Dave's main strings. He has also been using the new Cobalt strings of late. His gauges are fairly light, 40, 60, 75 and 95. The low B is a 125, and the the high C on his 6 string is a 26.
For amplification, the Ampeg SVT-4 Pro Series has been Dave's choice for years. He uses (2) Ampeg SVT 8x10 cab's when touring and (2) to (4) of the SVT Classic 4x10 cab's when playing locally. He uses an EV RE 2 wireless system and mic's his rig with an EV RE 320.
Dave's pedal board is built around the TC Electronic G System, which has multiple studio quality effects built in, and can act as a controller with programmable presets. Integrated into the G System via loops are the TC Nova Drive, for programmable distortion/overdrive, an Odie overdrive pedal and the Boss OC2 Octaver. The first unit in line is an Ernie Ball volume pedal, which receives the FX send from the SVT 4, then sends it's output to the G System, and also feeds a TC Polytune 2 tuner. The stereo out's of the G System feed the returns of the SVT 4.
In the studio, Dave runs Pro Tools 10. He uses various mic pre's and DI's, although his usual choice is the Avalon 737 SP. When mic'ing his rig, Dave will try various mic's, although he usually ends up using the EV RE 320. These days, however, more often than not, the "amp sound" is generated by using the Ampeg SVX plug in, from IK Multimedia. On the production side of things, Dave uses IK plug ins frequently, and also uses software from Izotope.