Well not hell exactly, more like a bar. Situation is: 6 people seated around a poker style table, with constant, uncontrollable background bar noise. The people have a long (1 hour) conversation, and all recorded audio is wonderfully clear above the raging din of the venue (hah!). If that wasn't fun enough, there will be ~16 of these conversations with different people over 2 days (same table used).
I am less of a sound guy than an after effects junkie, so forgive my ignorance, but my gut feeling(after wanting to puke) is to go with wired omni lav mics, one for each person, plus hang an overhead omni condenser like Audix M1255 or something to get room noise(in case we need more!) and base reference mix.
With this setup I am most concerned about phase issues with having a fairly tight grouping of the lav mics. Would going with a boom and a hypercardoid overhead mic be a better choice? Only problem is, poor boom guy is going to be holding that thing over the proper person, for 8 hours straight, 2 days in a row. I don't even think that's ethical, and I hate sound guys (just kidding :P)
It also may be in the budget to hang some kind of draping/sound baffle blankets to isolate the table area a bit, but I am not sure how much room there will be, or if it would even be worth the effort vs how much it would reduce the noise.
Any tips would be great! Even will accept guffaws.
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