Hello all. Very brief background to question (and please forgive any errors of terminology. I know nothing about this subject).
I have recently joined a band put together by the lead guitarist. We haven't gigged yet but our first is coming up in a couple of months. He bought a PA and mixing desk, but knows nothing about sound and frankly doesn't want to. My husband has volunteered to try to learn with a view to being the sound man. He's quite technically minded but has never done this before. He only agreed to do it on the basis that every member of the band is agreed on wanting reasonable volume, and have all had bad experiences of "knob twiddlers" on stage cranking up the volume of their own instrument throughout a gig. Hubby has done some initial reading and research, but so far has no practical experience. He hasn't actually met anyone in the band yet.
So, hubby favoured having all instruments directly inputting to the mixer and no backline. I passed this on to the lead guitarist today. He says he wants to have the instrument amps mic'd for two reasons:
(a) he says he bought his amp for a particular sound, and that can't be reproduced if he is DI'd into the mixer. Bass player hasn't been involved in discussions yet, but lead guitarist says he suspects bass player will also want his amp mic'd for the same reason. (There's also a keyboard player but he wasn't at practice today so I have no idea what his thoughts will be).
(b) he says they can hear their instruments through their amps, and having the backline mic'd will mean they won't need to buy fold back monitors (which at present no-one has - except me (drummer) - and everyone wants to keep costs down).
Hubby, however, feels that if amps are to be used for the guitarists' foldback/monitor purposes, that's going to conflict with the sound/volume he 'd be trying to achieve for the benefit of the audience out front, and can foresee "knob twiddling" issues!
I would very much appreciate any thoughts/advice - both on the "instrument sound" issue (if the instruments are DI'd) and the potential conflict between the volume requirements onstage, and volume/balance out front.
Thanks in advance. (I would have searched for info, but I'm so clueless I wouldn't even know what to search for!)