Hello. This is my first post here on the forum. I've posted in quite a few other groups but hadn't found recording.org before. I thought I'd start with a question that I've tried improving on with fairly poor results: I have a very nice acoustic/electric stage setup and sound. I play guitar (a Larrivee acoustic and G&L ASAT tele). Both sound great through my Fender Acoustasonic SFX II amp (their latest acoustic flagship). It's got incredible 3d sound and outstanding effects/depth. It's a two channel amp with dual effects processors so you have lots of versatility. Mostly, I use the second channel for vocals if we don't have PA access. The bass player's using a LINE6 Low Down LD150 amp - great sounding modeling amp, especially for our volume levels. He also plays keyboards and feeds his vocals through his keyboard amp. The drummers (we play with a few different drummers) are usually playing with steel brushes or those bundled wooden sticks to keep the volume down to a reasonable acoustic level. The main problem I've had recording is that each time we seem to get different recording levels and balancing between musicians. Our recordings overall were inconsistant so I started experimenting with different setups. I'm using a Roland VS1680 recorder and a Mackie 1604 VLZ mixer to feed it a cleaner, stronger signal. I've tried a few setups in multiple arrangements including... (1) large dia CAD E300 or (2) large dia Groovetube 5SM's (in various polar patterns). or (2) small dia Octava MC012's. I've tried various placements and heights (front of band/above band/behind band) and once in back of the room at the "mix" position (too distant and crowd too loud). I'm wondering if someone has advice without giving up and going mono. Mono seems to help the balancing issue but then it just sounds... mono! So far, the best sound I get is raising the stands as high as they go and putting the mics up out front of the group. The drummer generally comes through clear enough but someone's always too loud or soft even though what we all hear from our own ears while we're playing is pretty balanced - volume wise. I should mention that I've had a lot more experience with studio recording - including my own stuff and some friends recordings. I've taken some audio recording classes and hung around while professional recordings were being setup and mixed, so I have some useful experience with mic placement, preamp levels and eq (easy always does it), but not much in the live setting. So, my first question here on the forum is mainly hoping someone can help eliminate problems and sort out the best techniques for these medium volume live recordings (generally without a PA). Any advice from a pro would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.