djspleen Posted August 23, 2017 Share Posted August 23, 2017 Hi. I'm in a cover band and I'm using the HD500X direct into the mixer for the mains and one of the mixer AUX sends feeds a floor monitor in front of me (my guitar and vocals). Like many of you I'm not using an amp at all. The different AUX sends can be adjusted individually so each band member gets their own monitor mix to their liking. Of course, I have my guitar turned up in my monitor mix compared to the other channels, but still only loud enough for me to hear what's going on. The bass player has been suggesting that I should be using a cab/amp on stage behind me, pointing to the audience rather than relying on the floor monitor to hear my guitar. He further suggested that I shouldn't be using the floor monitor for both vocals AND my guitar. He's been in several bands dating back to the 80s/90s where the guitars would mic their amp at the back of the stage and the monitors were primarily for vocals. His feeling is that the sound guy could get better balance for the audience from that setup and I would also be able to hear myself better since there is an amp pointing at me, as well as the other band mates could hear my guitar better. That's his opinion on how to change the setup so things might work better. Here's my opinion: The less stage noise the better. Since I'm not using a guitar amp at the back of the stage the sound guy has an easier task to balance everything through the main speakers. Regarding monitors, since each monitor channel can be adjusted/mixed individually we should be able to make that work better than having additional amps pushing sound over the entire stage. I've been running sound at church for the last 25 years, so while I'm comfortable behind the board I'm certainly not a sound tech expert. However, I agree with very little of what he's suggesting for changes to the amp/monitor setup. Am I wrong in this? What are your thoughts/experiences with similar scenarios? Thanks. Dean J. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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