shadowboxer wrote:In the alternative, do we just need to keep it simple and mic only the vocals for the mains and the floor monitors (i.e. no in-ears in this scenario)? Then we just play to a volume to match the drums. Let us know your opinions.
Closer to this ^^^
The other thing to consider is what it sounds like 20' in front of the stage. Things you'll notice:
1) the kick drum disappears especially when folks start dancing
2) brighter guitars throw further
3) some amps really bloom at distances, others fade
So, I'd start with vocals and kick only with mics on amps ready to reinforce if needed (reinforce is the key word here). And be sure to have ONE person giving you advise and they give you trending advice. Not to nitpick small variants in volumes. Find what's wrong for a an entire song or two before making changes.