We're running a Yamaha EMX5016CF powered board in my 5 piece rock band. Normally, I only mike the kick drum for the smaller venues. Usually, when we play a larger or outdoor venue a sound system and sound man are provided. However, we played a college team football peprally for a bowl game at large arena (hockey rink) yesterday with 2 Yamaha C115V's and a couple of small 15" subs. We were unable to negotiate a larger PA, and the client was convinced our small system would fill the bill. The audio guy at the arena patched a line from my board to his board, which he sent to the house speakers way up in the roof of the arena. I was expecting a nightmare, but it wasn't bad at all. My problem was that when I miked all the drums, the toms were peaking out on the board, even with minimal gain. I was able to end up with an undistorted sound out front, but the clip lights on the input strips remained. Most of the channel strips on my board that I used for the toms didn't have 26db pad switches, so I couldn't try that. In the future, should I just do like I did, and set it up so that no distortion is present out the mains, or do I need to think about getting some external pads. I already know that another board with more channels is in the future!