Okay, so this is my REALLY busy time of the year where I do a LOT of school recordings. I mean, A LOT!!! Almost every year, some recordings are scheduled at the same time in different locations. No problem, I've got: DAT Laptop (Tracktion) Portable Machine (Sequoia) Alesis HD 24 Analog Tape MiniDisc So, it's usually not an issue. I just pay somebody to monitor the recording and press record at the right time and it's all said and done. I like to always have 2 rigs running though in case one fails. So, for the bigger concert, I'll usually use the Portable PC with the Alesis as backup and then the Laptop with the DAT as backup. So, I had 2 gigs scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday). 1 was a high-school band at 2 pm, the other 3 choruses back to back at 5 pm. The venues were about 6 miles apart - so, totally do-able. Record the band then have an assistant pack up as I head over to the choruses. My intent was to set up the chorus tonight (as it would likely be an elaborate set up consisting of over 10 tracks). Then, I would set up the band tomorrow with a simple ORTF pair. Easy... Well, there's the forecast of snow for tomorrow...SSSOOOO, both groups decided to reschedule for tonight at the same exact time!!!!! Here's the real problem - they rescheduled for 6:30, but couldn't notify me of this until 1:00. I was over 60 miles away and hadn't packed up any of my gear yet!!!! Now, I had to drive home (on one of the busiest highways in the world on a Friday afternoon.....arrrrggggghhhh.. :evil: ), pack EVERYTHING up and then go set up 2 different groups. All told, after getting to the studio and packing everything up, I had 2.5 hours to set BOTH of them up. So, I FLEW to the band gig. It should have been simple. Set up an ORTF pair, run the cables to the mixer (a new Mackie Onyx 1220 which was plugged in for its virgin run into my laptop) which was redundantly plugged into the DAT. Well, the DAT failed!!! :evil: (Consequently, if anyone wants it, I'll give it to you for FREE for the cost of shipping. It's of no more use to me once it fails once!) So, I was left using the laptop and the Onyx for the VERY first time with software I was unfamiliar with and I wasn't even going to be able to monitor this recording....(Fortunately, I do trust my back-up engineer to handle crisis situations.) So then, I broke at least 7 laws getting to the next venue, which, thankfully, I had NO issues with. Truth be told, the guys that I was working for were so helpful, they helped me load in equipment. I got set up with 3 minutes to spare....whew! The great news is - other than some wierd crackling and popping which cropped up in the Tracktion recording, everything went smoothly.... The other great news is, the choir recordings, albeit high-school choirs, turned out quite nice. I'll say one thing about this area, they do take their choirs seriously (in a modest but professional way - completely unlike their band programs, which are mediocre at best but they feel are THE best in the country... :lol: ) For the choral recording, I used the DAV BG2 pres for my 4 mains (2 AB mains - Schoeps CMC6 MK2s and 2 flanks - MG M296), Langevin DVC for piano (with Audix M1290 mounted internally with Audix's piano mounting system), Summit 2BA-221 (x2) with Soundelux U195s (x2) for soloists and Aphex 107 with AKG C414s in XY for percussion section. How I got all that set up AND the band in 2 and a half hours, I'll never know... Oh well, sorry for the ramblings, just thought I'd share a bit. Good night... J.