1. We run direct, yes everyone. No stage sound, it freaks the FOH guys out BECAUSE there is no stage sound, they are used to mixing with some stage sound. So we have our levels and we tell them, feed us an aux. from the main. That never works.
2. I used to give them 6 to 8 outs. Guess what, they made them sound worse then I could of on a black out. (Those days are gone, really there gone, I can't remember them). I currently send them a balanced L&R from my main out. We practice with powered monitors, each facing up to us. This seems to help because that is what you usually get when your on stage. A powered monitor (even if it is ripped, stained, and showing a bit of puke). So, a balanced out (not balance thru your headphones) as close as you can get to where you play is where I'm at.
I would love to play the big gigs again, but until then, I do believe, in my case. It is best to send the sound guys your best mix off your module.
By the way, I use Vex kits. I have completely customized the ones I use live. But these guys know what there doing.Attachment