Here's the situation - well known, well regarded, well recorded (over MANY years) folk singer. He played for us last year - the first time in our town - the crowd was great, knew much of his music, great sing-alongs with harmonies from the audience, etc. The performer asked to come back and play again this year. I'll be able to record the show. I figure the chances of the recording being released are slim, but if I can do a good job of capturing the crowd it might be a nice CD for an established performer to add to their selection - so that's going to be my focus. Good sound on stage won't be an issue - I've done that plenty of times - acoustic guitar and vocals. The venue is small - usually 100-120 folks in the house. Folks sitting around tables - not in rows. There are 8 SMALL but mighty speakers installed overhead on the trusses. You can see one speaker in this image on the truss directly over the minister's head. That will give you some idea about the venue, although that shot is not of the concert setup. I'm toying around with several ideas for recording the crowd, and I just haven't decided which would be the best bet - and I'll only have one shot at this and no opportunity to test the setup. My thoughts - in no particular order 1 pair of omnis in the middle of the room. I've done this before and it worked OK, but I get a lot of bleed from the speakers, of course, and it really colors the sound if I try to bring up the crowd. 3 or 4 cardioids hanging from the "rafters" - overhead grids of track lights make hanging mics easy. I thought about dropping 3 or 4 SDCs pointed straight down with the mics at about the same level as the speakers. My concern with this is that the pickup will be too focussed on the area directly below the mics. 3 or 4 cardioids hanging, but angled so they point down at about 30 degrees and are facing away from the stage and into the crowd. I even throught about putting these directy in front of some of the speakers to try to minimize the bleed. My mic options for crowd mics (2) Rode NT5s (3) Oktava MK012 (2) Behringer ECM8000 Omnis (2) Studio Projects C3s (Omni, Cardiod, Fig-8) I might have a pair of Rode NT2000s to use, depending on what I choose to setup for his VOX mic - could either be a Rode or a Senn e865. I'm probably leaning toward the Senn because the space is very live and feedback can be a problem, and a stage mic would probably work out better for live recording in this situation.