Hi all, Did a search and there's been nothing recent on the topic so... I got the call to record the school's big band tomorrow. It's quite good, wins lots of awards and they're doing some great Gordon Goodwin charts. Anyway - I've got 16 digital inputs. 8 channels of quality pre (4 Seb, 4 Sytek) Mic Options are: 4 Crown PZMs (the good ones) 2 414s B/ULS 1K2 1 Blue Woodpecker 2 NT5s SDC 2 421s 2 Studio Projects B1s 1 RE20 1 Audix D6 3 SM57s 8 SM58s (I'm a vocal coach remember!) My thoughts- 2-B1s on the sax section (I'm goin' this way regardless of what you say!) 2-421s on the trombone section 2-NT5s on the trumpets who are on a riser (over the bones) 2-PZMs on the lid of the piano (closed) 1-DI on the Bass/ or RE20 when acoustic 1-57 on the guitar 2-414s on the drums 2-PZMs as outriggers out front 2- 57s as solo mics as needed. (or K2, or Woodpecker) I'm thinking the saxes, the solo and bass w/ the Seb, drums and piano on the Sytek, The other inputs are Digi so,... clean but uncolored. I'll likely try to get a good sound in a fair/poor room off the PZMs and then add other tracks to taste. Those are my thoughts- what're yours.