Venice 240 question - connecting 2 sets of speakers - best way?
Hi! Detailed but hopefully easy question for someone who knows more than me...
We are a nonprofit improv theater and just received a donated Venice 240 board! Very excited, and I have set it up where it's working well. EXCEPT...
(Discalimer: I know a good amount about sound boards and tech setup, but I'm definitely not an expert. 30 years in the film/video business, but not as a sound tech.)
WHAT WE NEED: I have two sets of speakers (front & rear of house) that this board is supplying. I have stage mics that I want to feed only to the rear. And we have multiple music sources used during the show. I've gotten all the inputs setup great, BUT my output setup has limitations, and I know there must be a better way.
Current output has rear house speakers coming from the MASTER output, and the front house speakers coming from the AUX outputs. Using it this way, I can't seem to bypass the aux speakers so I can use the headphones to cue up a song. Easy to just unpress the MAS button on the needed channel to bypass the master one, but I'd have to separately turn down the 2 aux input levels to do the same on the front speakers, and that's not a good option.
So my question to anyone who's kind enough to have read this far with more knowledge than myself: What's a better way to connect both sets of speakers so I don't run into this issue?
Thanks in advance for any advice or suggestions!