I have been doing a lot of research trying to determine which microphones would best suit my needs to record in a courtroom environment. Typically, I position microphones throughout the courtroom where speakers will be stationed at, i.e. judge's bench, defense table, plaintiff table, witness stand.
Currently, I use dynamic hypercardioid microphones. I also use an Olympus DS50 portable digital voice recorder as a backup device. I am looking to buy new microphones and a new portable digital recorder.
My question to anyone who can help me is, what kind of microphones would be best for this type situation? Also, when looking for a portable digital recorder, I review their individual specifications for frequency response and db levels. I have no idea what I'm looking for. I've read the descriptions, but I'm still not sure what to look for when trying to decide which is best.
I want a portable digital recorder that I can place in a central location and pick up sound from all over the room for backup sound in case something goes wrong and if someone decides to move about and leave their designated mic'd speaking area.
Suggestions, explanations, and recommendations would be greatly appreciated!