Many small club bands or duos don’t have the luxury of having a sound engineer to mix their sound during performances. Most of the time, one of the band members mixes the sound while on stage, while performing.
This can be difficult for several reasons:
- The sound on the stage is very different from the sound throughout the rest of the club.
- The person mixing generally has to stop playing momentarily to adjust the levels.
- Different band members may prefer different mixes; for example the keyboard player may feel that the keyboards need to be higher in the mix.
- The on-stage mixer may have little control over the level of individual instrument amplifiers or drummers.
- In very small venues, or restaurants, the on-stage level may need to be too high (for the band’s comfort and hearing) for the audience, particularly when they are close to the stage.