Hello everyone, I've lurked here from time to time reading some great advice on recording acoustic music. I've been thinking about getting some of my own equipment for a while, and the need is finally coming upon me. Some quick background. My wife is a classical trained soprano (graduate of Westminster Choir College). She is currently looking into some summer programs for this year, and some of them require an audition CD rather than in person auditions. I have some background in audio, having worked in live theater in college, and a job working with film post-production sound for a while. None of that helps me in deciding what I need to get now. For recording audition CDs, I think that a simple stereo pair should work fine. It will be just her, with piano accompaniment. I have a computer audio interface already (Lexicon Omega) that should have adequate pre-amps for starting out. I can handle the software for now, probably using the Cubase LE software that the Lexicon came with. The big thing that I need right now is some mics. Here are a couple that I've been looking at: Studio projects C4 Rode NT5 I don't want to spend a whole lot of money on this, but I want something that will sound good. Now, I'll make it even harder. There are three very different rooms that we can record in. We have access to two houses of worship in town, a large church, and a smaller meeting house. Both have very high ceilings. The meeting house has a balcony, which might make mic placement easier. The last option is our living room (12x25', 9' ceilings, hardwood floors, plaster walls, open on part of one side to the dining room). The best piano is at home. So, with a budget of around $500 - $700 for mics, cables, and stands, what would serve me best? What else am I forgetting about that I need to know for this? If this goes well, I'll be doing more recording of her, and at least make CDs as gifts for friends and family, possibly to sell in small quantities at performances. Thanks!