About a month ago I was asked to make a recording of the premier of a new musical. The performance will be a one-time shot for the composer, so the recording is a critical element if there's to be any future for the work. The performance is in two weeks, so I'm starting to get anxious. This is normal. 8) The performance will be staged in a 450-seat recital hall with all the musicians, chorus, and solo performers on-stage. Under the circumstances, the stage is a bit small (49'wide x23' deep). Unfortunately, there's no pit. There will be 8 musicians: Bass, Piano, Harp, Winds (Stage R); EBass, EGuitar, Synth, Percussion (Stage L). A 40 voice choir sits in between the 2 instrumental ensembles. The cast includes 6 soloists plus narrator. Five of the 6 soloists have big operatic voices. Due to the close quarters on-stage and other physical restrictions with the design of the facility, there's no spot to place tall stands or even hang microphones (eg. no location for a main pair). As a result, the plan is to record 24ch direct to Samplitude and do whatever editing and mixing is needed in post. The composer/conductor of the work is concerned about both music and lyrics. At the outset, we decided to use a wireless mic on the narrator. Now it's became apparent, the singers also need wireless when they are backed by the choir. This of course is an anathema to a classically trained singer :twisted: I mention all this as background for a few topics to discuss: --Experiences with wireless mics used on powerful singers: Any pointers or suggestions for this kind of micing would be appreciated. I plan to use DPA 4061 on the 3 women, mounted in the hair above the forehead. Not sure about exact attachment method yet. I'm considering a thin elastic hair band to hold the capsule in place with small bits of tape as needed. The cable runs through the hair across the top of the head and down the neck. For the 3 men, Countryman E6 (omni). The rental house I use has a few of these units available. They are very tiny booms that attach over the ear. --Acoustic Bass: Ideas for micing solo bass in an ensemble like this. Due to close proxmity to other instruments and the chorus, closer is better. What mics are favorites for this kind of situation? --Grand Piano: We will begin with the lid open on short stick, but I think this maybe too loud. I have not had good luck in other situations with mics inside the instrument as it tends to sound boxy. That's all for this post. As this unfolds, I'll post more if folks are interested in the outcome. Hopefully, I can get permission to share a clip or 2 of the finished work. In advance, thanks to everyone who shares their knowledge and experiences here. It's really a high point in my day to sit for a few moments and catch-up with the group.