I am working on a small rig for doing live internet streaming of a variety of shows (bands of varying genres, DJs, etc.) in a variety of venues (indoor, theater, stadium, outdoor, etc.). The streaming part isn't what I am asking about here... but I could use some pointers on the audio side.
For the audio sources, I am planning on recording a stereo mix from the FoH board, a pair of mics from FoH, and possibly a pair of shotgun crowd mics from the front of the stage, pointed outward at the crowd. Is this a wise configuration?
Assuming I go with with that configuration, once the appropriate delay is dialed in, what would be a good way to manage levels? I am thinking that at sound check time, I will pick either the FoH mics or FoH stereo mix as my "primary" source. For larger shows, I am guessing that the stereo mix will be fine, but at the smaller stuff, those guitar players on stage keep stuff so loud that there wouldn't be much of it in the FoH stereo mix.
I plan to then mix in the other sources, with compression using the primary source as a sidechain input. That way, when the band is in between songs, you can hear the crowd and what not.
Is this a sufficient plan for basic live recording? Anything you would recommend doing differently?