Our church choir is going to Great Britain next year on a performance tour. We will be singing in four or five well known English and Scottish cathedrals. I have been tasked with documenting the trip. I'm all set with photographic and video equipment, but I am a newbie in regards to audio recording. The video equipment will record in stereo, but I know from experience that the audio recording by 99% of all the camcorders is atrocious to say the least. Therefore, I am looking for the most economical setup that will allow the documentation team to make halfway decent recordings of our performances. The performances last between 50 and 75 minutes. The last time I looked into doing some audio recording was long before it was possible to record digitally, much less ditigtally in the field. I am led to believe that the current crop of solid state, 2-channel, digital recorders will do a very nice job depending, of course, on what mics are used and where they are placed in the space. I am looking for some guidance in two areas, equipment and some ideas where to set the mics. I have done some preliminary research and I believe that the setup below would suit our needs and, except for the booms and stands, would fit in a corner of a suitcase. • M-Audio MicroTrack 24/96 2 channel recorder $299 (list $500) or equivalent. • Matched pair of RODE NT1 condenser microphones ($400) or equivalent. • 2 Beyerdynamic GST500 - Tripod Microphone Stands with Adjustable Boom ($150) or equivalent. • Sandisk 4GB Extreme III CompactFlash Card ($87) or equivalent. Total $962 (inc. shipping) I would like to know if you have any experience with those items and if they are a good match for what we are trying to accomplish. If not, perhaps you have some other equipment recommendations. I know it is asking a bit much to find a formula in regard to microphone placement in a highly reverberant space such as a cathedral, but I would appreciate it if you would give some guidance. Here are the general parameters of a typical space. • Rectangular in shape. • Eighty choir members in four ranks. • Choir in the front of the cathedral. • Highly reverberant space with long decay time. My current thinking is that the microphones should be placed roughly 1/3 of the way between the choir and the back wall of the space and each mic roughly 1/3 of the width of the space from the nearest wall and "pointed" toward the sides of the choir. A performance CD will be produced for the choir members and the church's internal use, and we would like it to be the highest quality possible within our equipment budget of $1,000 to $2,000. Although it would be nice, we do not expect to produce professional quality recordings, but neither do we want to produce a poor quality CD which would embarrass the choir. Our goal is to produce a CD that when people will listen to it will think, "That's a church choir, and it was recorded by a bunch of amateurs? Wow!" Thanks, Bob P.S. Not to pressure you, but I need your input yesterday!