Like some other bass players, I'm also the sound guy for our band. The others help out, but perhaps since they're all acoustic musicians (clarinet, mandolin, guitar/singer -- no drums) they have less interest in the electronic stuff, and since I already have some idea of things like impedance and gain vs. volume, it fell to me. Which is OK, but live mixing has always been a burden I could do without. So lately I've been thinking about the "single mic technique." One large-diaphragm condenser mic used by everyone (but me). Still popular among bluegrass and folk groups, and small ensembles, but once (before stereo, before music became largely electronic) it was not usual for many types of music. I've been experimenting recently with recordings of our practices using such a mic (AT2050), and I really like the results. I send out the recordings to the band, and this forces everyone to listen to each other (both during practice and again with the recording) and share together in mixing as they play. I'd still have to do some mixing during a performance, since the bass signal will go to a bass speaker and the mic signal will go to a PA speaker, but that's still much less work for me than the one close mic/performer custom. And less gear for us all to hump! Most of the venues where we perform are fairly small and quiet (no bars or loud celebrations, and rarely outdoors). The acoustics are not always good and there is rarely a stage, but our 2 speakers are generally more than enough. I suppose most of you don't play in bands like mine, but perhaps some of you do. In either case, I'm thinking of using this technique for our next few gigs, and I'd appreciate your thoughts about such a technique, pro or con.