I just thought I'd share a little of this week's upcoming gig. It's bound to put me to the test! So, the college in the area in which I live has a very ambitious orchestra director (who has turned a crappy local/college/community orchestra into something pretty damned good) who has created a celebrity series concert each year. I have the good fortune of having a contract with this gentleman and as such, when allowed, I get to record said celebrities. Last year, it was the Canadian Brass. This year, it's Judy Collins!!! For those of you who don't know who Judy Collins is - BITE ME - I'm not THAT old...( :wink: ) Anyway - this is bound to be a fun and tricky show. Here's what I know so far: Her sound crew is showing up at 0700 to begin setting up. As of yet, I don't know how much I'll be able to pull off of these guys or for that matter, how close in proximity I'll be able to be to them. So, I'm running off the assumption that I'll be operating everything on my own as far as the recording goes. She is doing a master class at 4 pm in the concert hall which she has requested that I record. Instrumentation will be - Full orchestra 7' Steinway Grand (front and center) 2 Drum Sets (front and off set) Electric Bass She will likely be doing some stage walking whilst performing so I'm assuming a wireless mic. My plan is to set up a coincident/near coincident pair for the orchestra (using ORTF or XY, but probably ORTF) and have it positioned directly above the piano trying to minimize bleed as much as possible. Then, I'll go with a flank pair of omnis to capture the total performance. I'll spot the piano probably by mounting mics directly inside the instrument (afterall, we are talking a jazzy sort of show.) For the bass, I'll mic the cab. While I'd like to DI it, I'm assuming they'd prefer I didn't. For the trap sets, I'll likely go with one spot mic each relying on the over head mics to pick up the overall kit sounds. I'll place a spot in the 1st violins and in the cellos as well as 1 each in the trumpets/bones and clarinets/flutes. Spots will go over the percussion section as needed. So, it looks like my channel assignment will be: 1/2 - Main L/R (Schoeps CMC64) 3/4 - Flank L/R (Gefell M296) 5 - Solo Vox (hopefully patched from the Aux out on the FOH board) 6 - Solo Vox (mounted at piano) (Soundelux U195) 7/8 - Piano spots (AKG C390B) 9 - Bass cab (Shure Beta 52) 10/11 Drum spots (Audix i5) 12 - Violin spot (AT 4040) 13 - Cello spot (Beyer M130) 14 - Trumpet/Bone spot - Rode K2 15 - Flute/Clarinet spot - Audix M1290 16 - Percussion spot - Audix M1290 or Oktava MK012 I'm limited to 16 tracks coming into Sequoia, so that's where I end. I could easily add 8 more tracks as I'll be brining along my HD24 as backup too. However, I think if I can't capture this in 16 tracks, I'm probably doing something wrong... Anyway...I'll post once I'm completed and tell of any successes or horror stories out of the day. I'll be on site from 0600 to a little after midnight! Thank God I'm billing by the hour!! (With a discount for the contract...) J.