By Mike Sessler • March 6, 2013 Notice: Array to string conversion in /storage/av03466/www/public_html/wp-content/plugins/timber-library/vendor/twig/twig/lib/Twig/Environment.php(462) : eval()'d code on line 157 Array This article is provided by ChurchTechArts. I know a lot of churches that mix monitors from front of house. For most of my church career, that’s been the case. To be sure, having a dedicated monitor position, console and engineer is a lot easier, but it’s not practical for most of us. And while we’d all love to have all our musicians and vocalists on in-ears, wedges still are a fact of life for many churches. For most of the churches I’ve mixed in, the biggest challenge for mixing monitors is that as an engineer, I can’t hear what I’m mixing. Sometimes you can solo up an aux and put headphones on, but that doesn’t really give you a sense for what’s going on at the wedge on stage. You take a guess at how much “a little more guitar” is and hope you don’t over- or under-shoot. When I arrived at Coast Hills, we had a dedicated monitor position. One of the tasks I was charged with was eliminating it (mainly for budgetary reasons). While I was OK with this, I learned a valuable lesson in mixing monitors while working up there a few weekends; we had a cue wedge at monitors that was set to mirror whatever mix was soloed. This worked brilliantly; when someone asked for more kick, we could actually hear it, and we could tell when we moved it up enough to make a difference. After we eliminated monitor world, I moved that cue wedge up to front of house. Our mixing console has two solo buses, which is quite handy. Solo 1 is set up to cue individual channels into our headphones. Solo 2 is set up to drive the cue wedge. When we put any of our aux mixes in sends on fader mode (by pressing solo), what the artists hear on stage comes out in our cue wedge as well. Read the rest of this post 1 2 About Mike Mike Sessler Project Lead at CCI Solutions Mike has been involved with church sound and live production for more than 25 years, and is the author of the Church Tech Arts blog. Based in Nashville, he serves as project lead for CCI Solutions, which provides design-build production solutions for churches and other facilities. http://churchtecharts.org Comments Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Tagged with: Audio Basics loudspeaker world Mike Sessler Monitors Techniques Worship Audio · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Live Sound International brings you information on a wide range of pro audio topics. Stay up-to-date, get expert tips, industry news, new products and technologies delivered. Discover how to make smart use of today’s sound technology, Subscribe Today!