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Live Monitoring
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c0rpse
I've been listening to the recording of my performances lately, noticing that they are very dark. At home I practice on qsc k8's with no sub, but I've switched over to headphones lately to see if I can work on my mix a bit. Everything I play is live and improvised, so I'm practicing making timbres that sit in their spot in the frequency spectrum.

I have a show this week, but I'm worried that my practice is going to go out the window because of monitoring. How do you guys do it live? Do you even worry about it?
BDProject
I've been using the Mackie MP-240 in-ear monitors and that's really been great for what you're mentioning. I think it's important, but in the context of the venue of course. As long as it sounds good there, that's all that matters right?
fruitsnake
I sit on the floor with the stage monitor pointed straight at my head. Straight up.
ExtrasensoryPerception
I suggest bringing headphones you know very well, or invest in a good set of in ear monitors. That way you'll always know what it's supposed to sound like, regardless of venue...you can always walk out for a second during soundcheck to make sure it's translating accurately .
The Grump
ExtrasensoryPerception wrote:
I suggest bringing headphones you know very well, or invest in a good set of in ear monitors. That way you'll always know what it's supposed to sound like, regardless of venue...you can always walk out for a second during soundcheck to make sure it's translating accurately .


In fact, not only can you, but you SHOULD (bordering on must) walk out for a few moments into the house to get an idea of how things are translating. However, two things to bear in mind are that if it's a room full of people, the sound will change, and also, the FOH is probably going to touch your tone up a bit as the set goes along as well. That said, going out into the house at least gets you in the ballpark.

Headphones are great for previewing material, but you don't want to rely on them for playing during the show. In-ears, sure, if you work with them frequently, and know how they translate. If you do use in-ears, I also recommend one of these. They are a TOTAL game changer for in ear monitoring, but you have to have an amp to drive them, fed by the same line as your in-ear amp.
ersatzplanet
I did a recent show and was placed in a odd position that seemed to be in a node where all I got was pronounced bass and not much else. Totally threw me off for a while. Recordings of the show were not bad so it was just where I was sitting.

"Back in the day" I played a lot of shows Around the Seattle area with a three-piece synthesizer group called Young Scientist. We put on the majority of the shows we played so had control over the PA system. Typically we had the PA (in stereo) on stage with us and behind us, the group on stage between the PA and the audience. Basically we heard exactly what they heard. THAT is the best way to do it if you can. Of course this relies on no live microphones (unless they are near field) but that was never a problem for us.
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