Hello, I'm new to this board, althought I guess some members know me from the Samplitude board. In three weeks i'll be shooting a live concert of a Jazz Quartet for a friend of mine (it's an amator work, since there's no money for it). As I'm a Film/Documentary sound mixer, I'm not heavily trained to music recording, but I really like it each time I have to do it... Nevertheless I'd appreciate your advise, comments for this project. the music: the quartet is composed of the following instruments: Upright Piano (leader) Soprano Saxophone Bass (doublebass in english? I mean big acoustical bass...) that will have amplification. Drum Kit. Roughly (I'm not very precise), the style of music is near the beginning of Coltrane "late" works (not as late as 'free" stuff, near "a love supreme" area). With some east european influences (but far away, it's not a world thing). the concert should take place in a decent room, with a rather dead acoustic. While being an almost no money project, we still will have decent gear (I'll bring mine, and we will rent the missing gear). So here is my first sketch for the setup: recording on a Pyramix workstation. I'll have preamps and AD for 16 tracks. I plan on renting a 12 channel multipair 150 feet cable, to be able to have as much as 12 tracks for recording (I don't plan to use the 16 analog ins). Monitoring will be done in a separate room, with loudspeakers (K&H O300D). So for the 12 tracks: 2 tracks for: an overall stereo couple. 2 tracks for: the upright piano. 2 tracks for: the doublebass (one out of the amp), and a close up mike 1 or 2 tracks for the Soprano Saxophone. 4 tracks for the drum kit (2 overhead mikes, one mike for bass drum, and one for snare drum). I guess more tracks would means too many things to rent, and maybe not enough money for it. For the upright piano: I never did this before (I did miked grand piano). I was about to use a pair of Neumann KM 140 (thoses I own, so I need to use them somwhere, to cut on renting costs). I was maybe thinking of placing them behind the piano, since I'm afraid of a too brifgt sound if above or open. there will be repetitions, so will have time to try a few things, but would appreciate any recommendation on this. For the Soprano Sax: I have two concern: One is I don't know yet how much movements the player usually does, and second, since it is filmed with three cameras, he needs to stay visible. I was planning to use one or two large diaphragm mikes, such as Neumann U87 or TLM103. I don't think it would be easy to install small mikes on the body of the instrument (could be DPA capsules), but it was something I thought about also. Any pro/con on this? Mike for the doublebass: I guess a TLM103 would be ok, what about a M88? (I have two of them). I guess the low end would not be as nice, but what do you think? For the Drum kit: Overhead: while I love the sound of B&K 4006 omnis, I think I will hear too much the other instruments to use them, and was thinking to use cardio mikes instead? does that sound right to you? and as mikes, it could be a pair of Schoeps MK4, or TLM 103, or B&K 4011 cardio. which one would you favor? for Bass drum and snare drum, I could also put to use my M88, or KM 150, or rent a MD 441... Well, here it is, sorry if it's a little long, so if you have any suggestion, I'd be happy to know... Best regards, Laurent.