Our live mix differs from our rehearsal mix, because we just send selected signals to FOH, instead of a full band mix. For micing the drum kit, three scenarios are possible:
- We leave micing the whole drum kit to the FOH engineer and ask for a full stereo drum mix via our dedicated stereo live return way for IEM.
- We leave micing the whole drum kit to the FOH engineer, but mic snare and/or bass drum additionally with our own mics and ask for stereo drum mix containing OH and toms via our dedicated stereo live return way for IEM.
- We mic the snare and bass drum on our own and offer FOH the splitted pre X32 signals via our outputpanel and ask for a stereo drum mix containing OH and toms via our dedicated stereo live return way for IEM.
The signal of the bass guitar is split pre X32 with the Behringer MS8000 (input-/splitpanel) and sent to FOH via our output panel (see paragraph 1.3 and 1.4 for details). To guarantee matching levels between live instruments and backing tracks, we decided to premix and sum all relevant signals into a stereo subgroup (bus 1 & 2, red box in the screenshot below).
Therefore, we send live guitars (channel 1-4) as well as the backing tracks (channel 17-18) and live keys (channel 23-24) to bus 1 & 2. Bus 1 & 2 is then mapped to XLR Out 1 & 2 and sent to FOH.
Matching all levels is always a tough and long process, but the result is very satisfying and convincing. This way soundchecks are also shortened because we don’t need to check and level each guitar signal, live keys, backings and so on, but just:
- stereo live sum (pre mix of live guitars, live keys, backing guitars, backing keys, backing synths, etc.)
- bass guitar
With remapping either the rehearsal mix (LR, the brown box in the screenshot below) or the live mix (bus 1 & 2, the red box in the screenshot below) to XLR out 1 & 2, we prevent changing the settings for our rehearsal mix and IEM mixes. The actual switching between both mixes will be shown in paragraph 2.3.
Two alternative scenarios are to remap outputs are possible:
- work with different scenes for rehearsal and live situation
- utilize the spare XLR outs und busses 3 & 4
We think the benefit of our way is the reduction of working with scenes and the quick switch between the mixes with just few internal clicks (shown in paragraph 2.3) as well as keeping the spare outs clear for future extensions (e.g. live & backup vocals etc.)