---- Original Message ----- From: "circuithead" <email@example.com> > ...and there > are even some who dont even play music at all!! God bless them! I've never made music, only looping samplaholic cacophany :-) I also did sound part time for over 10 years as a hobby. The FOH mix will usually be mono for the as stated reasons, but for one benefit show I did, *everything* was panned hard, even two monitor submixes. One act, Flowchart, does all sorts of live stereo loops and samples, another artist wanted stereo feeds from his Buchla Easel and effects. *No* sound mixer should abandon the console, they need to be on top of the main and monitor mixes. Cueing via headphones *really* helped my get a handle on what was really coming off the stage. I got compliments on that technique from singers and KB players alike. It comes down to professionalism, even if the mix isn't that good, the fact that the mixer is trying (and present!) makes musicians feel more at ease.