I am new so be gentle. I am involved in a performance of an original musical and we are making a DVD of the performance. We will be in a 1000 seat theatre and my main question is about recording the pit band. I think the band will be loud enough for performances so the only microphones needed will be for recording purposes. I have no experience with recording, but I have played in a number of ensembles that have been recorded. My initial idea was to have a couple mics more or less above the conductor rather than trying to mic the individual instruments or small groups of instruments. I figured this would simulate the balance that the audience would hear. The band will have a flute, a clarinet/sax player, a trumpet, a french horn, two trombones, two keyboards, two electric guitars, one acoustic guitar, bass and drums. Someone else involved in the show, who I suspect also has no recording experience, suggested having the electric instruments played through the house speakers, but this sounds like a bad idea to me for a couple reasons: (1) it will make balancing the amplified instruments with the acoustic instruments more difficult unless we mic everyone, and send that through the house speakers along with the singers, (2) I think it will be easier for the keyboard and guitar players to play through their amps which they would be used to, and (3) it's been my experience that shows don't always go perfectly and making things more complicated will only make it more likely that something will go wrong. We are by no means a professional production, and the goal is to be able to hear the band on the DVD, and it would be nice if it sounds similar to how it would have sounded in the theatre. I hope what I said makes sense, and I would greatly appreciate your insight.