a few of my buddies are beggining to purchase equipment to start a venue. all of the people involved are very musicaly inclined but we dont have alot of experience yet (some, but not alot) and i have some questions that need to be answered. fist off, i am going to be one of the sound guys. ive have some experince recording and some experince setting up my bands live sound. i will also have help from other people who have done sound before. i am currently in charge of purchasing mics for the venue. my budget isnt set in stone, but it is by no means infinite. i am hoping to spend around 2-3 thousand on mics, maybe more if i really have to. here are my questions. will 2-3 thousand in mics be reasonable for a medium size venue? what mics should i get in this budget range? i plan on getting some 57's, but how many should i get? if a bigger band is playing i need quite a few mics. i need multiple vocal mics. what are good vocal mics for the money? drum mics: i have the least experience in drum mics. what do i need and how much will it cost? the mics need to be all around as we will be booking all types of music from hippie jug bands to metal to (hopefully) jazz. compression: all of my experice with compression has been digital. it is in theory the same thing just on a computer, so feel compitent in how to use it properly, but i still need some help. here i go. the mixer that my friend wants to get is a mackie onyx http://www.mackie.com/products/onyx4bus/splash.html it has built in compression but i dont think that it looks very usefull. is it better in a live situation to compress the mix or to compress every thing seperatly? i was thinking that i would get a presonus or dbx 4 chanel compressor so that i could have independant control of a few chanels and then use a 2 chanel compressor to slightly compress the mix as i wont have enough chanels of compressino to do them all independantly. if we get the mackie mixer i could possibly use the compression on it for the mix. is this a proper way to acheive good sound? when gateing sound in a live situation do i gate the mix or try and do it independantly by channel? i know to approach each band differently as some will have more feedback problems than others, but i dont really know how prepared i need to be as far as gates go. are there any points i need to cover besides these? if there is a better way to set something up or just a sugestion based on your preferance, please tell me what you think i need to do. note: i know that i dont know every thing that i need to know to be an awsome sound guy at this point. i will have time and help to learn to use all the equipment before show time though, so help me out and wish me luck. again my budget is undecided, i can spend more or less. i dont need the finest in quality equipment but i want what would be considered a generaly "good" sound for a reasonably amount of money.