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Microphone Month 5

Pre Versus Post Fader for Monitors

Q: For live sound, should I be running the monitors off of the mixer’s pre-fader sends or the post-fader sends?

A: Pre-fader sends are normally used for monitors, cue mixes, or headphone mixes. This is so that moves made with the faders (which affect front of house or the in-studio mix) do not affect the monitor mix, which needs to be independent.

Post-fader sends are almost always used for effects.

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