It’s time to mix a live show and you find that you have the thankless job of mixing stage monitors from your front of house mixing position. If you’ve done this before, you know that this could take some time (which you may not have a lot of) before everyone is happy with their monitor mix. Don’t pull your hair out. Use this quick method to get up and running in virtually no time at all while keeping the band happy in the process.
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 or her hand. Proceed to the next instrument.
You probably will 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.