By Gary Zandstra • October 20, 2016 This article is provided by Gary Zandstra.com. With the rise of personal monitor mixers, the Sunday morning sound tech has had to worry less and less about the monitor mix for the musicians. However, there are still a large number of churches which either do not have personal monitor mixers on stage. Or, only some musicians have personal mixers and some musicians like the vocalist still have their monitors controlled at front of house. One very compelling reason to keep control of vocalist monitor mixes at the main mixing board is feedback. With the potential for feedback, the front of house sound engineer/tech has a few options. 1. Control all monitors that have open mics near them. 2. Work with and educate the musicians on how to properly use a personal monitor mixer, and help them understand what causes feedback. 3. Put headphones on the musicians who have open mics in order to remove the potential feedback issue. For the large number of churches who don’t have personal monitor systems, and for those (like me) who still control vocalist monitors from the front of house console, nothing can be more embarrassing and humiliating than having a musician ask for more in the middle of a worship service. To help avoid this, I suggest working with the musicians to develop a simple set of signals to know when and how to adjust their monitors. Giving credit where it is due, it was a worship leader who approached me years ago and explored setting up some signals. He had a great spirit about the situation, explaining that he understood that I couldn’t listen to monitors on stage to adjust level. This worship leader added, however, that I didn’t know his mood or physical condition on any given morning, noting that when his allergies are bothering him, he not only needs more overall level, but just as important, he needs more piano to stay on pitch. He said that when he’s congested his own voice seems to “resonate” in his head, and when this happens, he can’t hear the piano as well. Read the rest of this post 1 2 About Gary Gary Zandstra Consultant, Dan Vos Construction, Writer for Worship Facilities and ProSoundWeb Gary Zandstra has worked in church production and as an AV systems integrator for more than 35 years. He’s also contributed numerous articles to ProSoundWeb over the past decade. http://garyzandstra.com Comments Have something to say about this PSW content? Leave a comment! Cancel reply Scroll past the ”Post Comment” button below to view any existing comments. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Tagged with: Audio Basics Church Sound Engineer Gary Zandstra Management Monitors Personal Monitors Personnel Technician Worship Audio · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. Stay up-to-date, get the latest pro audio news, products and resources each month with Live Sound.