Hello all... As a service to my university and friends, I record live student performances at my school... I've recently acquired a whole new rig that has been working quite well so far. It is a DAW as follows (brief spec): Laptop w/1 G ram Presonus Firepod (8 inputs) Power conditioner Adobe Audition 2 3 [pencil] condenser mics 3 Cardiod Dynamic mics I've been recording recitals in a Small concert hall simply using 2 condensers in a X-stereo placement (I believe that is the correct term). I place the mics in the center of the hall, in the second row from the front (close to the stage). I'm not sure if this is too close or not, but I don't want to get too many sounds from the audience, so I place the mics closer to the stage. I've had pretty good results from this, but I still would like to get some thoughts on whether or not I could improve this setup. My other task is that I was asked to record a jazz ensemble performance in a few weeks. I said yes, but I've never recorded an ensemble this large in this small concert hall. Previously, I recorded the concert in a larger hall using a Shotgun mic hooked into a mixing board which I hooked up to my 8-track recorder (you catch all that! - FYI: I no longer use my 8-track, as a matter of fact it is posted in the Classified section of this forum). The hall is the same small recital hall as above. The band is comprised of give-or-take 15 members with horns, piano, guitar, bass, drums, vibraphone, saxes... Now, I have about 6 mics to work with (see above), however I may be able to borrow 2 more if needed. My question is should I record this ensemble just using the mehod outlined in the previous paragraph (2 condensers in X-stereo near the stage)? Or should I rig up something with multiple mics and placements? Any suggestions would be helpful, and if you require more info in order to help me let me know. Thank you.