I have recently taken on responsibility for the PA and front of house mix/sound in my band.
I got a roasting from a few of the audience last gig about our front of house mix. I don't want to let it happen again so.. i'm looking for some help/guidance and advice to help me project the right (or better) sound out front.
should i set levels from right in front of the band where everyone dances? or the back of the room?
should our sound check be the heaviest or softest song we play?
sound check is normally done in a half empty room - acoustics will change as the venue fills? - how do i mix for this change?
what else should i consider a factor in this crucial part of gigging life?
I play guitar so cannot be regularly checking out front and making any changes as my hands are pretty full already - and we cannot afford the luxury of a dedicated sound man. the singer is seemingly unwilling to help and/or useless at this sort of thing, the bass player is even worse and the drummer doesn't stand a chance from his sitting position!
We play only small to medium pubs and clubs/venues and use:
800W powered mixer with passive bass bins/tops and powered monitors
9 channels dependant on the venue size:
3 backing vocals
bass DI (although he's always too feckin loud - why do you need a 4x10 and a 15" stack in a pub no bigger than my bathroom?!)
guitar amp mic'd
bass drum and 2 x tom mics
any help much appreciated guys/gals - thanks for your time and any input.