Before you answer "just try it": I can't since I haven't decided on the hardware yet.
Background: I'm in the process of looking at digital mixers and comparing their capabilities in order to replace our current analog setup in a small church.
Almost all digital mixers have "scenes" which are presets for fader positions, routing and pretty much everything than can be configured. Then there are also "Mute groups", which are preset buttons that will remember which channels should mute.
The small mixer I personally own also has mute buttons under the channel strips that would actually route the sound to an alt-bus. This does not appear to be so with the larger boards I'm currently looking at (M-200i / X32-Producer) which support multiple busses and aux outputs. As I understand it currently, the mute buttons are ment for muting on the monitors only, in order to single something out or so in a live situation, while letting the audience hear the full mix (please correct me if I'm wrong).
The question: is best asked by specifying a scenario: Sometimes we have an interpreter on the stage, often not. In both cases I'd like to set up "scenes" or default values we can quickly jump to, for example song service, sermon, baptismal etc.. During the sermon I want to mute all the singing mics. If there is no interpreter I want to mute the interpreters mic as well. These are two different factors that have no relation to one another, so to cover all situations with scenes alone, I'd have to set up 4 separate scenes, and figure out a way to keep it transparent, or I could misuse the mute groups feature and swap the monitor and main output.
I'm wondering how this is generally done? I'm quite sure there are many live situations dealing with more than two independent factors or dimensions. Would it be possible to enable multiple scenes at once like layers? (I haven't seen this mentioned before).
Any pro-advice welcome, probably I'm thinking way in the wrong direction. Also a good source on a general mixing course that covers this would be welcome, at least if there is a solution that doesn't differ for every brand/board?