Well I'm a little short on cash (read: short about $3000) so I only have an sb live (left and right channels on line in), a small 4 channel mixer, and a mic pre-amp, a radio shack 3 mic passive mixer and 7 mics to use with this setup. I'm doing some cheap home recordings so I can remember this stuff when I can get a digi001 or C-port and an 8 bus mixer... you know the spiel. Anyway here's the equipment: ---------------------------- 2 tracks (sb live line in, left and right) 7 mics -1 sm-57 -3 similar to sm-57 -3 semi-garbage mics that do the job 1 drum set -snare / hihat / ride / kick -4 toms, in pairs of 2 (10" w/ 12", 16" w/ 18") -2 crashes (side by side, above 10" and 12" toms -1 china (above 16" and 18" floor toms, on the right hand side of set) 1 four channel mixer 1 mic pre-amp 1 three mic passive mixer .... right now it's mic each pair of toms with a mic, the snare with sm-57, the kick: all going into the 4 channel mixer, which goes into left channel of sb live. Then hook the 3 mic passive mixer up to the mic pre, micing the hihat, 2 crashes, and china/ride (all with the crappy mics): going into right channel of sb live. Is seperating the snare/toms/kick from the cymbals a good idea? or should keep everything together and leave the kick seperate?