Re: X-Touch controller question
Don Geppert;153997 wrote:
Through all this I am now thinking, for the FOH anyways, ... I might just do this ...... analog, simple, balanced, eloquent .... I have one on my desktop for my monitors ... works perfect !!! FOH master level on a pot. Easy Peezy (technical term).
TC Electronic Level Pilot
So you'd have a static mix and use this to adjust the final FOH volume? I guess that works in theory, but you're missing something fundamental about live sound:
Stage and Audience sound so much different - especially with monitors but even without - that you can't mix one from the other position. You can't hear FOH accurately from stage, nor can you hear the monitors accurately from the FOH mixing position. (you can hear that the monitors are drowning out the PA, but you can't tell much more than that)
If you're getting complaints about being too loud, it's probably not the volume, but a bad mix that you can't even hear. The wrong tonal balance is literally painful at a surprisingly low level, while a good blend can blow the speakers before anyone notices how loud it really is.
It doesn't work either, to get a long cord and play your instrument from the audience's position, because the direct sound from the instrument throws you off by that much. (and if it's mic'ed, it may be impossible to get the "correct" settings anyway at that position because of feedback)
Get a dedicated FOH Engineer for at least a few gigs, and give him permission to mess up everything to get a decent universal mix. It'll sound a bit squashed and lifeless, kinda like a radio mix, but at least it won't be painful to your audience.
Or keep a full-time FOH Engineer to "ride the mood" and actually enhance the exciting or slow parts, while also accounting for the audience in each particular moment as well.