#1
Yes me and my band are getting together and starting to come up with some songs for a live show.
What I'm wondering is what is the best setup, acoustics, mixing, ect. Because we could be doing everything right, and it would be crap if the mixing was horrible. We're kinda new to the scene so we don't know a whole lot about gigging so any other hints/advice is helpful

Sorry if my grammar is atrocious
#2
Depends on where you're playing, a lot of times, semi-large venues will have sound guys to help with mixing the volume for shows. If you don't, like you're playing a basement show or something, my best recommendation is to find an equillibrium while practicing with your band, in terms of volume.