Mixing wedge monitors

This short video describes how to set up one or more wedge monitor mixes on the GLD.

It describes the simple approach of setting up the mixes from the GLD mixer desk, which has the disadvantage that you need one person standing in front of the wedge listening and another at the mixer desk making the adjustments. The better way is to use an iPad running the GLD remote app to allow you to stand in front of the wedge yourself and listen while you adjust. But that is a whole other training session! For the curious/brave, see the Allen & Heath training video at the bottom.

Remember when placing wedges to position them well infront of you so that the sound is directed at your ears, NOT your knees, since, unlike crickets, we humans don’t have ears there!

Remember too, to point the back of the microphone at the wedge in order to avoid feedback problems. The back of a cardiod microphone such as we use for vocals is the least sensitive.

And above all, keep the content of the wedge mixes as simple as possible, and the volume as low as possible consistent with being able to hear what you need.

A couple more points.

  1. You can adjust the overal level of an entire FB mix simple by adjusting the fader associated with it, irrespective of whether or not mix is selected. Similarly the mute button will mute and unmute the entire mix.
  2. When you select a mix, ONLY those channels which are marked ON in the name window are connected to that mix and can be adjusted. Any other faders which are not ON will not move and will still show their normal FOH (LR) mix setting. Don’t try to change them, since that will change their level in FOH mix.

And, most important, don’t forget to return the mix to LR when you have finished, as described in the video, or you will end up adjusting the monitor mix when you intend to adjust the FOH mix! You have been warned!

The GLD remote iPad app

The app can be downloaded free from the Apple store.