Recording gigs can be challenging, particularly given the constraints imposed by typical small and medium venues. But capturing a great performance, complete with all the atmosphere of the night, can be a hugely rewarding experience.
Recording a gig presents a unique set of challenges. You may be adequate at studio recording, but it doesn't mean that you'll have an easy time recording a gig. You can't ask the band to run through it one more time. It might be similarly challenging for a front-of-house (FOH) engineer, or someone who's in a band and wants to record their gigs. Sure, such people will be familiar with the pressure of a one-chance-to-get-it-right live event, but they'll be less acquainted with the intricacies of recording, and with the threshold of acceptability: a fleeting moment of preamp distortion or feedback might annoy an FOH engineer, but it's not something most listeners will notice or remember, so it's no show-stopper. Yet this sort of thing can spoil a recording. Attention to detail is always rule #1, experience makes it second nature.