Originally Posted by evolving_machine
Would it be harder to control the dynamics when things are under the mic?
I can also help with this one. If the sound man knows his stuff, the dynamics of your music shouldn't change. He should be just incorporating each individual instrument and vocalist into a sound reinforcement mixture. Depending on the venue, after I have the levels set to where everything sounds great to the audience, I let the dynamics of the music flow as it should and not overly compensate by pushing the levels up or down unnecessarily. This is particularly valid when it comes to jazz sessions or any other venue that must have it's light passages preserved.
The best sound techs are the ones who's work is transparent.