I am not sure if this is one of the downside of passive bass. Feel free to correct me on this one since I am still learning.
With passive bass, I can not really control the EQ directly from the bass so I have to rely on the eq of my bass amp. So if I want to record directly to my DAW through low budget audio interface (i.e Presonus Studio 24c | Focusrite i22), I lose certain sound since the audio interface can not control the EQ. If I want to play around on certain frequencies, I have to do it in post from my DAW.
With active bass, even though I can not control the EQ from the audio interface, I can control the EQ from the bass directly.
The workaround for the passive bass is to connect it to the amp - put a mic in front of the amp - connect the mic to the audio interface. With active bass, I can still get the sound that I want from the bass directly to the audio interface without mic-ing my amp??
I guess that is why there are still some bassist who put a mic in front of their amp rather than connecting their bass straight to audio interface?
Am I missing anything here? Feel free to correct me (or even bash me on this one). I am open to learn.