This sanctuary, currently under construction, was designed by a local architectural firm with acoustical and PA recommendations from one of the leading consultants in the field. The problem is the consultant’s design was a bit too expensive for the budget and now has now left the scene. I’m trying to pickup the pieces needing to find a way to put together a system, which will provide a half decent capability of recording our choir and organ. I’m hoping someone out there will be able to lend a hand. First some background. The sanctuary will sit about 500. It’s traditional in design with every attempt made to insure the wettest possible acoustical environment. (All hard surfaces.) The pipe organ chamber sits at the rear of the chancel spanning about 30 feet with the floor of the chamber about 9 feet off the floor of the chancel. The chancel floor is 3.5’ above the nave floor. The 50 member choir sits on risers above the chancel floor in a three row 34 foot semicircle just below and in front of the pipe chamber. These are the locations where mic drops are already placed in the ceiling of the partially constructed sanctuary. All dimensions are referenced to the front most extension of the organ pipe façade: Loc. A – two drops each 6’ off center @ 7’ (above heads of choir) Loc. B – three drops, one on center and two each 6’ off center @ 26’ Loc. C – two drops each 6’ off center @ 42’ There is one more stereo mic connection set for the front face of the rear balcony @ 60’ where I plan to mount a SASS. The consultant originally specified Neumann KD185s for Loc. A and a combination of Schoeps omnis and cardioids for Loc. B and C. The latter breaks the bank. Finally my question: Will I get good coverage and half decent quality recordings of choir and organ by using the Neumanns at Loc. B center in a ORTF pairing and install a pair of Neumann KD183, Earthworks QTC40, or some other set of equivalently priced omnis also at Loc. B, thus leaving Loc. A and C empty for the time being? Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated.