here is my situation: my drummer has a shitload of drum mics and a shitload of drums, a huge set, and likes to use them all when redcording. He also has a Peavey PV20 mixer with 16 mic inputs. This is what we use for live sound but we are about to start recording using it. I have a MOTU 8pre audio interface that we have previously used. We were planning, however, on using the PV20 instead since obviously that has twice the inputs and we want as many inputs as possible since we're talking 11 drum mics, plus bass and rhythm guitar being recorded at the same time. Unfortunately we have discovered upon closer inspection that the PV20, although it has a USB output, only outputs the main outs (left and right), through this, not each individual channel (like a regular audio interface would). This means we can't go back and really edit or mix the channels after they are recorded. So what I think we're going to to do is this: put all the drum mics into the PV20. Mix them on this mixer as well as possible (by this point the drummer is very good at doing this) to minimize the amount of post-recording mixing we need to do. Then we are going to split the mics into four groups. Group one will be panned totally left, group 2 totally right, group 3 will be muted in the main mix but mixed in the MON1 mix, and group 4 will be muted in the main mix but mixed into the MON2 mix. Each of these groups will then have its own output (The left output, right output, MON1 send, and MON2 send). These four outputs will go into the first four channels of my MOTU. Two MOTU inputs will be used for bass and rhythm guitar. The last two MOTU inputs will be used for the left and right drum overheads. So basically, after recording the drums, we will have the ability to mix, edit, EQ, etc., the four different drum mic gorups, but not the individual mics in each group. For example if we put all the cymbal mics in one group, we can do whatever we want to all the cymal mics tpgether, but not to any individual one. So as you can imagine this requires some careful planning as too exactly what mics will go in what group. The overheads are spoken for, these will be on their own tracks so we can get some good stereo image of the drums and body etc. So what im asking is, how should I group the remaining 9 drum mics. I'm not sure of exactly where he puts each one, but i belive they are something like: a kick mic a snare mic a high hat mic 2 cymal mics 4 tom mics (one for each tom) he has like a million cymals by the way. i was thinking of doing this: putting the snare, HH, and kick on one group, since later I can use EQ on my computer to seperate the kick from the snare and HH. So that way the kick will be on its own track on the computer, and the snare and HH will be together. Then i was gonna put all the cymals together in one group, and then have the upper toms and the lower toms in seperate groups. is this a good idea? can you think of a better way to solve my problem? will my bass-snare-HH thing work? thanks in advance PS the mics are all SM57s except the kick drum mic which is a nice fancy kick drum mic, dont know what kind, and the overheads (also dont know the make).