OK, I have been meddling in this live sound thing for a very long time and as my need change I have to rework what is in what rack. Because of the endless possibilities I thought I'd throw it out there to see what others are doing. Preface by saying this is an old school setup. Nothing digital. I have neither the patience or need at this time for that technology. We hire out when we need to but I am working on a simple 16 channel setup, sometimes run from side stage by me, sometimes run FOH by a friend. This prevents me from going to a single, self contained mixer topped rack where I have an easier plug and play setup. I did an electric duo for 20 years and it was just great. Ran stereo always but will now be mono as best as I can tell. and with my 5 piece I need greater flexibility. So, currently the FOH speakers consist of a pair single 18 sub boxes and a pair is tall 2x15/horn top boxes. The FOH rack simply contains a simple FX unit, a 2x31 band EQ, a DBX crossover and compressor limiter. The amp racks hold all the FOH and monitor amps (Main, Sub, monitor for all five guys) and their respective 1x31 eq's. Works fine. But the struggle I am now having is the best placement of a couple bits of the rack gear. 1) Is the crossover best (or normally) placed in the amp rack, allowing me to use only a single (or two in stereo) snake sends, eliminating the third snake send for the subs that I would have to use with the xover in the FOH rack? This is making more sense with the trade off of losing teh ability for real-time adjustments on initial set up. 2) Do monitor EQ's normally go in the FOH rack or paired with their respective amps in that rack? 3) Would the compressor/limiter, intended to be a full system limiter in this system, be best placed at the end of the chain, after the xover and pre amp input? or, placed in the FOH rack, pre xover, assuming the xover is now living in the side stage amp rack? I know these are rookie questions and all options may have validity but I am more curious how other folks are doing it and your opinions on all this.