How do the band members, wearing in ears, have a clue about what it sounds like front of house? If they don't like the mix in their ears that is a problem you can fix, but I don't understand how they can judge a mix you can't hear...Regardless, if your only open mics are vox and drums, and your vocal is high passed, and subs aux fed (my favorite method).... I would look to the drum mics. Some gating on the kick maybe? As for workflow, line check, in ear mix, tweak FOH to taste. Adjust in ears if needed...I have a pretty technical background. It was hard for me to stop looking at the console, trying to gain insight from what i saw on the meters, I would listen but try to equate what I heard to what I saw. I was a very tweaky person mixing lots of super small adjustments that I think it made me feel better but I don't think anyone could hear the difference, including me. Anyway, I didn't and dont do much mixing, I did much more system config etc. One of the better engineers I work with helped make it a little more of an intellectual exercise for me. Thinking of the mix as a whole and how each musician and instruments fit into it. I had to learn to look up and listen and not look down. Not sure this is helpful.... These are my thoughts, post a couple of adult beverages. Perhaps I will edit in the morning. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
In addition to the technical insights I am also looking for some feedback on how to get the confidence back of my band mates.
Last week we were doing a gig for a packed house. The guitar player actually had to leave the stage as I failed to recognize a low frequency wave that had built up on the stage and developed into feedback. It was centered around 300hz. We don't use any monitor speakers I run 5 monitor mixes with in ear units.
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