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Can anyone share with me how a monitor mix on a large scale is done? It's look like I might be doing Monitors for a really large Concert theatre and I have never done more than 4 monitors.

I'm assuming that I'll get up to 8 sends from the console then have to mix that for each person on stage, but part of me thinks thats not it at all.

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Member Sun, 03/09/2008 - 23:28
Mixing monitors is a really intense subject - and bad monitor mixes are one of the first reasons cited for a bad show! As a live sound engineer, mixing monitors is something you'll undoubtedly come across. Let's take a look at the easiest way to make sure your performers are happy.

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moonbaby Sat, 01/05/2008 - 10:50
Yes. It used to be that manufacturers-even Peavey and Yamaha- built application-specific monitor mixers. These typically had more pre-fader Aux mixes than a "standard" FOH mixer, and possibly lacked channel faders. But these days, there are relatively few monitor desks on the market, and the ones that are still around are big bucks. Check out the ATI Paragon II some time, or the Cadac line.
Nowadays, with large-scale integration, manufacturers like Crest and Midas can add more Aux mixes to their desks, plus "fader flip" features, etc. The result is a board that can do either job- monitors or FOH- with the flick of a few switches. The same holds true with the digital boards on the market, maybe even more so. They're very easily configured to whatever application the operator needs.

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Halifaxsoundguy Sat, 01/05/2008 - 13:13
32-48 channel board in a $7.3 million CDN Conference facility. Within the next month. I was in looking for work and was told I'll be getting a phone call for sure because skilled labour (in AV) is rare in this area. The last guy that got a job did a monitor mix on the first shift. I want to be prepared just incase. This Facility is intense, they have a crestron remote wired into the building for full control of house music , screen, etc.. Even though I may get thrown right in to the Mix, the facility has all the good tools to help.

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sheet Sat, 01/05/2008 - 19:26
moonbaby wrote: Yes. It used to be that manufacturers-even Peavey and Yamaha- built application-specific monitor mixers. These typically had more pre-fader Aux mixes than a "standard" FOH mixer, and possibly lacked channel faders. But these days, there are relatively few monitor desks on the market, and the ones that are still around are big bucks. Check out the ATI Paragon II some time, or the Cadac line.
Nowadays, with large-scale integration, manufacturers like Crest and Midas can add more Aux mixes to their desks, plus "fader flip" features, etc. The result is a board that can do either job- monitors or FOH- with the flick of a few switches. The same holds true with the digital boards on the market, maybe even more so. They're very easily configured to whatever application the operator needs.

There aren't many analog consoles period. The reason that there aren't many desks is because digital consoles are configurable. There are hords of people using Midas and other industry standard monitor consoles until the drop.

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sheet Sat, 01/05/2008 - 19:28
Halifaxsoundguy wrote: 32-48 channel board in a $7.3 million CDN Conference facility. Within the next month. I was in looking for work and was told I'll be getting a phone call for sure because skilled labour (in AV) is rare in this area. The last guy that got a job did a monitor mix on the first shift. I want to be prepared just incase. This Facility is intense, they have a crestron remote wired into the building for full control of house music , screen, etc.. Even though I may get thrown right in to the Mix, the facility has all the good tools to help.

Ahhh. An A/V system, not a concert system. Gotcha.

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