I hardly ever have problems witn aux-fed subs and perhaps because I make it very clear that the aux levels (for the few inputs assigned to this system) are set to a "calibrated" point (and left there) and that this is not an effects system.
I personally like to use a dedicated aux send for things like Foyer feeds as listeners there are not hearing the same thing that is heard in the main space. They don't hear any natural sound from instruments, the speakers are different and they have different acoustical environments. You may also have ambient microphones or similar that are included in the Foyer mix but not in the main space mix.
Whether the aux is pre or post fader often depends on what simply works best. Many channel sends probably can be post-fader but you may have some that work best pre-fader.
Ok, I said I wouldn't do this but here's my thoughts on how I think I'd set it up.All channels into the board and the main mix to 4800 input 1 and the aux fed subs to 4800 input 2. So I could take inputs 1 & 2 and sum them together for output 8 for the foyer correct? Then on the output, I can dial in the output level, crossover, eq, limiter etc.... as to not overdrive the foyers in-ceiling speakers correct?
Only thing I've got to contribute is that ceiling speakers may not have the capacity to handle much sub, so including the Aux Sub input in your mix to foyer may overload them.Remember those channels will already be present from your full range feed, so I wouldn't complicate or risk overloading the foyer ceiling speak's by including sub.HTH,David.
Allen, you're in a tough spot and I don't envy you. It appears to me that the problems your church has are mostly about technical ability. It sounds like your equipment is definitely adequate for the job, it's just not configured optimally. It sounds like deep down the others on your team know that it's not optimal, but their own pride -- or fear of doing something wrong -- limits their ability to seek and accept help.Don't let your own pride force its way into their space. You're the new guy, and you haven't yet established the trust that you know what you're talking about. That trust will come in time. Don't become "that one guy" that everybody dreads seeing because he messes with their stuff every time. In the meantime, I think the best thing you can do is gradually suggest small changes, but at the same time you must carefully explain why those changes are necessary and how it will help. If your suggestions are not accepted, don't push the issue. You can teach, but your students must learn and understand concepts not just procedures. They need to learn why things are done the way they are, not because that's the way it's always been done. (It's one thing to know who fought whom and when in World War II; it's another thing to understand the human nature and desires that led to that conflict. Facts and figures can be learned by rote, but they are meaningless without understanding the context and relationships involved.)In time, your team will be stronger. They will become more flexible. They will be able to resolve problems on their own, thinking and tweaking and building beyond just matching the knobs on the mixer to a predefined cut sheet. The goal is not to force them to do something your way, but give them the understanding they need to come up with your way themselves.
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