No good deed goes unpunished. I recorded the local HS band's winter concert and donated CDs for the performers. (It's my daughter's senior year.) So the director liked the CD a lot and asked my daughter if I would be willing to record the district band festival in March. This would be several dozen bands doing three pieces each. It takes place over three days. It's not really a competition, but it is a judged performance. I've never done anything on this scale before, and I'd be inclined to say no if it weren't for the fact that I feel that my recordings are better than the local people that have been hired in the past. (And VT is on spring break so if I kick butt on my book over the next month I can take the time. And I could buy a new pre with the proceeds.) Anyway, the biggest technical hurdle is that the expectation is that the band director for each band is to be given a CD or cassette tape the same day as the performance - I guess in under an hour. They basically have been getting a quick and dirty mix - I assume all recorded as a single CD-track, i.e. without any song breaks. Not the way I'd like to do it but... Since it is basically like mixing live sound, I'm comfortable with the direct-to-two-track aspect, but I'm concerned with work flow, equipment, backup, and similar issues. Has anyone done something like this? Any pointers or suggestions? I've got some ideas on how to do this with my existing equipment, but I'd like to hear how someone does it "right" before I say yes or no.