Hello all, I would like to do next month a recording of "folk music"in a valley at the northwest of my province, Tucumán, Argentina. This recording is very important for me because the musicians are now 80 years old and perhaps soon they will be no more playing. I will do the recording in the same place where the music is made for dance: a "patio" in spanish (I have found these translations in the dictionary : patio, open court, countyard ) The patio in this case is a semi-open place, 3 or 4 rooms surrounding an open place, 7 x 5 meters more or less. The instruments are violin and a drum , both seated , violin at the left and drum at the right, separated by 1,5 meters more or less(the mics should be in front of them) In a real situation, the musicians play at a side of the patio, looking to people dancing in it. My "philosophy" subyacent in this proyected recording is the same of classical music : capturing the sound of instruments in the most natural way and in their natural place. My questions are: First, do you think there could be phase problems with the sound bouncing back from the walls surrounding the patio ? Principally with the drum, wich is hit in the ring and the skin, alternately, at a volume "mezzo forte". Some of you have experienced a similar situation, percusive instruments in a semi-open place like this ? Second, what microphone configuration would you use ? I have available 2 Schoeps MK4 cardioids, 2 Studio Proyects omnis, a Sennheiser MKH 50 hypercardioid, only 4 pres from a Mackie 1202 VLZ mixer, and a dat recorder Sony TCD-D7 (no multitrack available) Any advice would be greatly appreciated!. Hugo Daniel.