My band is playing this weekend, and the drummer has decided to bring a larger kit than usual. We're planning to record the gig using a multitracker with 8 mic pres, which gives us three drum mics. We now have to come up with a way to mic it for recording. Room sound should be sufficient for the live audio.
Here's the kit he'll be using, as seen from overhead:
A cajon is, for those unfamiliar with it, a box-shaped piece of percussion you sit on while playing, so it serves as the drum stool. It's a huge part of his sound, so it'll get its own mic.
As you can see, there are also two snares and two conga heads, as well as toms and cymbals.
Mic setup possibilities:
Since the cajon is the center of his sound, it'll get its own mic, an SM57 placed behind it on a short gooseneck floor stand. I reckon it'll also pick up the kick drum pretty well, since it'll be so low to the ground.
The obvious move will be to complement this with an overhead mic to pick up everything else. If I go this route, should I use a condenser mic? (Amplifying the drums won't be an issue in this situation, so feedback from a sensitive mic isn't a problem.) Or am I better off using two SM57 mics, maybe one over the congas and one over the snare in the middle? Or perhaps a stereo pattern way overhead? (Our booms probably won't go that high.)
The drummer will also have a vocal mic, which will almost certainly pick up a lot of snare. So perhaps I should concentrate on the cymbals and toms for that third mic?
I'm concerned about stage space. I think we have a couple of hours for setup for this show, which will be four hours long - storage space on my laptop my be an issue, so fewer tracks means a bit of a space saving.
Since we have no plans to do overdubs with this recording, some bleed isn't a terrible problem. Avoiding thin, washed-out sound is the goal.
Given all this, what are my options? How can I get a clean recording of this setup, with a minimum amount of mics and setup?