I`m recording live from a club next week. Medium sized venue. I`ve been thinking a lot back and forth on how to do this and I need some advice/input. The band consists of drums, bass, 2 electric guitars, acoustic guitar + 5 voices. I have an Aurora 16. So I only have 16 channels available. I am planning on bringing 8 preamps of my own and use 8 preamps on the FOH mixer (Midas). The whole thing will line up as follows: 1. Kickdrum - AKG 112 - API 3124 2. Snare - SM57 - API 3124 3. Bass - VHT DI - API 3124 4. Hihat - AKG 451 - API 3124 5. Drum OH - DPA 4011 - Great River ME-2NV 6. Drum OH - DPA 4011 - Great River ME-2NV 7. El-Guitar - Royer 121 - Chandler TG2 8. El-Guitar - SM57 - Chandler TG2 - the last eight channels will be from the FOH mixer; 9. vocals - SM58(Probably) - Midas 10.vocals - SM58(Probably) - Midas 11.vocals - SM58(Probably) - Midas 12.vocals - SM58(Probably) - Midas 13.vocals - SM58(Probably) - Midas 14. Acoustic Guitar - Klark Teknik DI - Midas 15. Drums sub group from FOH mixer 16. Drums sub group from FOH mixer I`m kind of running out of spare channels so I though about maybe routing the tomtoms (4) to a stereo output on the Midas record all 4 tomtoms on a stereo track. What do you think so far? Maybe I should skip the Hihat and set up i mic in the audience in stead? Any comments/advice? What about levels? I`ve always heard to you should set the levels really low to be absolutely sure that you avoid any clipping on the inputs.. How do you usually set the levels?