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Substituting a Live Sound Mixer for On-Stage Monitoring by Steve Parton

A standard live sound mixer can be used in the place of a monitor mixer for on-stage monitoring, but there are some simple adjustments to make:

  • Put all channel faders to “0” (not full up). This way, all auxiliaries become “prefader”.
  • If you have the option, set auxiliaries to POST-EQ. If not, the pre-fader auxiliaries may not be affected by any EQ adjustments, whereas the post-fader auxs will be affected.
  • If there is not an actual PFL/AFL output, try hooking an EQ/amp/monitor up to the headphone output. This lets you monitor a channel or a mix like you would in a proper monitor board set-up.
  • For an effect send, plug the right side of the console’s main output into the (reverb) unit, and bring the reverb’s output into a channel strip. The pan pot acts as an effect send for each channel (full left is “0”, and full right is maximum send). Make sure that the channel into which you plugged the reverb is muted or is panned left (to avoid looping).

Steve Parton is a freelance studio and live sound engineer who has worked extensively across Canada and particularly in the Montreal and Ottawa areas.

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