Hello! To start off with, I have never taken any classes in audio engineering and do not have a lot of expertise when it comes to actually knowing how various settings effect sound. However, I do know what sounds good and can tell when something doesn't sound too good. =) So, I wanted to get some advice concerning a few things that we run into at our church. To start off with, here is our system... Yamaha 01v96 Digital Board w/ 32 channels HEAR In Ear monitors (2) Larger Peavey Floor Monitors on platform (6) Time delayed house speakers, not sure on make/model Overall the system is amazing. What we are able to do on the fly, the overall sound that comes through the house, etc, is great. The problem I have is that when I solo out a channel in my headphones I hear something totally different (In a better way) than what I hear in the live house. I realize that acoustical treatment in the room will help and that listening to one channel through headphones is a lot different than the whole house. But the difference isn't in the ability to hear the channel, it is the clarity, the precision. For example...Our bassist plays a lot like Victor Wooten. He is extremely talented and uses a lot of that style of play, accentuating high and low ends as well as stacatto and other forms. When I listen to his channel on the board everything is crisp and clear, you can hear every minute detail....However, through the house you just hear the low end and not much more than a rumble. He is going direct into an active direct box. I've tried every EQ setting I can think of...had him crank all sorts of knobs on the bass, but it doesn't get much better in the live sound. Is this a total acoustical treatment thing in the room or is there a magical EQ setting for this style of play? -------------- On another note...When our youth band plays, they are on the platform where there are only the two large monitors. So, no in ear stuff. We have the bass, guitar 1, and guitar 2, microphoned with SM57s. Though the house probably sounds okay like this, since I play in that group, I have no clue how it sounds out there as compared to up on the platform. On the platform it is just sort of a mess of sounds coming from each amp as well as some more sound coming from the monitor (Normally vocals). Is there a better way to control the sound on the stage? Should we have our amplifier levels set low, high, or just enough to hear ourselves? As I said, I'm no engineer (Though I am going to be taking some training). But I know that some things don't sound too good. I appreciate any responses that I may receive. Please let me know if you have any tips at all. Thanks!