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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

3 Steps To A Quick Onstage Monitor Mix

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It's time to mix a live show and you find you have the thankless job of mixing stage monitors from your front of house position. Don't pull your hair out. Use this quick method to get up and running while keeping the band happy in virtually no time at all.

This method assumes there's only one monitor mix instead of multiple mixes. Here's what to do:

1. Have everyone in the band raise their hand.

2. Tell them to lower their hand as soon they can hear themselves in the monitor.

3. Begin to increase the send of each instrument one by one. Continue to increase until the player lowers his hand. Proceed to the next instrument.

You might still have to tweak the mix a little afterwards, but you'll find that you'll have a workable monitor mix in just a couple of minutes.

You can find more tips like this, as well as a great overview on how to use the PreSonus StudioLive console, in my PreSonus StudioLive Handbook.

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Carsten - Denmark said...

Heh.. Good one. No more telling artists to "say when", only to have them tell you when it has gotten to be way too loud, or worse, to have feedback on-stage.

Joel said...

I don't understand. How do they play their instrument with their hand up?

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