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I wasn’t really suggesting that you “do” anything. I was just trying to help answer your question about why they might sound different. I think that your usage as others have mentioned above is a bit atypical. But if you and the others performers can hear what you need to hear in order to perform well this way (and no one is overly sensitive to any changes you have to make during the show to keep the FOH mix sounding good…), then I think it likely represents a creative solution that suits your needs. I mentioned the FX send and return levels first because I thought that it would be the most likely to have been overlooked or misunderstood. There are of course other things that could make them sound different. All EQ and dynamics processing (and graphic EQs) would also need to be set identically between the Main and each AUX in order for them to sound identical. Hope that helps…

Your suggestions make good sense. I understand that our ‘post fader’ aux setup is a bit unconventional, but as you picked up, it does seem to work well for us. We’ve spent a lot of time carefully listening to recorded playback to really fine tune our mix so that we can show up to a gig and play knowing our FOH mix is dialed in consistently, night after night. If we had a mix engineer working with us, we probably wouldn’t fuss with it so much. With each of us running a stereo aux mix, we’ve come to appreciate a full mix that closely matches the FOH mix. With a slight lift on our own instrument and vocal, it’s a really good mix in our in-ears.

Thinking over your other suggestions, we tend to run a flat EQ on the aux mixes, and with Chris’ suggestion in a previous post, I’ve set the routing of the auxes to ‘post compressor’. I do need to do some investigation on your suggestions on FX send and return settings. I think that will put the finishing touches on things. This is all ‘trial by fire’ for us, so thanks to you and the others for your comments and suggestions. They are very helpful.