I started playing on a squire passive bass. Since then (2.5 yrs) I have had 2 active 5 string basses, both Ibanez. A BTB575FM and currently BTB305FMTK. My setup at my church is currently bass>sansamp programmable DI or Eden WTDI preamp>mixer/board via xlr. I've also used the same into my amp and playing from the amp or the amp's line out. I was just wondering my sound level fluctuates depending on the sound guy and other factors. I was just thinking is an active bass a positive thing? I know there are differing opinions. Sometimes when I'm louder than I want to be (system is hot) or I feel turned down ( I call it being choked off) I wonder if a passive bass would be any different (consistent)?