I've been recording my band with a Zoom H2 plugged into the board. It's fine for a small act - mandolin and guitar, with vocals - and it's not too hard to make the final result sound decent with some clever EQ.
However, we've recently had a percussionist join the act. This complicates matters from an audio standpoint. I've also started taking a second guitar to gigs, and we've been discussing bringing a bass guitar along as well. I think it's time to at least look into multitracking live shows.
Here's what we have available:
- A Macbook Pro 15" with Logic Express
- MOTU Audio Express
- MOTU 828
- Mackie 1402 mixing board
- Tons of mics and cables
- PA with mains and monitors
How do we go about feeding audio both into the board and the audio interface? The only outs from the board are stereo pairs, but there are six 1/4" channel inserts. Can I use these for signal output? If not, how can I split the audio signals before they go into the mixer? Am I even asking the right questions?
I'd also like to point out that we won't have a separate engineer during shows. We need a set-and-forget solution. Is doing this during gigs too ambitious?
Edit: We ended up getting a Mackie Onyx firewire board. Easy setup, and it lets you send multitrack audio to a computer while also mixing for the PA. The Onyx is a decent live mixer if you don't need to save setups, and I found it very good for recording multitracked drums.