Hi, There! I have a dilemna that maybe someone out there can point me in the right direction to research. For years, I was on the road mixing sound in older theater-type venues for a variety of musical acts. I always seemed to be placed in the rear of the room, often times under the balcony. This was never a good placement, the bass was always skewed, and depending upon the slope of the floor, I may or may not have had a decent line-of-sight to the stage. These days, I mix in a modern, large non-denominational Christian church on Saturday evenings. 2500-seats, "stadium seating" arrangement, and the FOH mix station is smack-dab in the middle of the room. Great line-of-sight, no mixing issues, I'm a spoiled kid behind a Midas H3000 (soon to be a digital Yamaha). My concern is one of my Sunday morning church clients. Right now, they're in a school auditorium while they're building a "real" stand-alone facility. Last week, they revealed the architects' designs for the building. I am very concerned because they want to place the sound mix position in the REAR of the sanctuary, centered between the 2 main aisles; kind of like a projection room in a movie theater. There will be a row of classrooms/offices over the mix area in the beginning. This eventually be replaced by a balcony for an extra 300 people. My concern is that the ceiling height at the mix position will be a mere 10 feet. There is no way that they will allow the FOH to be placed in the congregation area. As an alternative, I would like it to be moved to the upstairs balcony area when it is built. I've spoken with a number of Methodist churches that have done that and their soundmixers seem to be OK with that. But the architect says that he's designed a number of churches this size (starting with 400 seats), and that he knows best. This is after his first design, which had the FOH in a ROOM WITH A GLASS WINDOW! I need to get some feedback from others out there who've dealt with this issue. The music minister and I are very concerned and we don't want to have to go back and "fix" this guy's mistakes! Any reference materials (I've been to PSW and Church Production) you can point me to will be greatly appreciated!