Ok, here goes. Last night while playing at a gig, the owner of the place ask us if we would let another band play on our amps. He needs another band to play while we are not available, and was sort of auditioning them. We had no problem with this, and since I run sound off stage, I thought it would give me a chance to see how things sounded out front. We have a terrible time getting a good sound out front, but our stage sound is killer!! (I do run a wireless, but don't get out front very much because of the crowd.) Here is the problem, I have an active bass, and he had a passive. I plugged him into the passive input on my Hartke 5000, his sound was awsome coming through the mains, and I knew it was much better than mine. After tweaking the sound for the band, I felt much better about our sound going back up on stage. I came out front, and everything was just terrible. My bass could not be heard, my rythem player could not be heard, and I can't seem to get it fixed. Why would active pickups in any bass be harder to mix through the mains, my eq on my head is pre-xlr out, so his eq setting was the same as mine, its just that his bass made all the difference in the world. On stage, through my head and cabinet, they sounded nearly the same, I actually had to turn down the volume on stage though, his did have a little more thump. Any help would be appreciated!!