I'm looking for "soft sounding" strings for my five-string Fender bass (American Deluxe V). Default Fender strings are not for me, unfortunately. What kind of strings can give me this sound?
If, by soft, you mean less bright, then flat wound strings might be for you. I'd recommend Thomastik Jazz Flats, a little expensive, but they last a very long time. They sound wonderful, with a kind of throaty, singing voice, with just the right amount of thump, and more sustain than any other brand I tried. They made my cheap accoustic fretless bass sound much more doghousey. On my Fender Precision they sounded like James-Jamerson-meets-Mick-Karn, if that makes any sense. HTH.