Played a new venue for the first time which was a pretty large room (for a pub gig). A competent musical pal let us know that drums were being lost somewhat. As an emergency measure, I rigged up a spare cheap Behringer dynamic mic as a sort of overhead picking up mostly snare and a bit of kick drum. Surprisingly it worked OK giving just enough drums out front to make up the deficiency.
I've got two spare channels available so aiming for a simple kick drum and single overhead arrangement so interested in any recommendations. Budget wise, I wouldn't expect our drummist to fork out more than about £200 at this stage.
Through bitter, bitter experience I've leaned that making things complicated for a band of weekend warriors is a recipe for disaster so I'm not going down the route of full set of mics, sub mixer and so on.
All the best for your NYE gigs guys,
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