I have regularly been asked to record talks and speeches at a private members' club.
In the past the most successful recordings were made with my Sony ECM907 on 120 deg setting into my Edirol R-09HR. The two unamplified speakers were sitting in tall-backed armchairs on either side of a small table where the mic was placed (a distance of about 1m from the heads). This worked well with the interview taking place with a hushed audience listening to every word.
Unfortunately latterly the room has been rearranged for a Bose radio mic system and the room is much more reflective, acoustically. In fact the speakers often stand up using the radio mic which has been set so badly that its preamp is overdriving, yet the level is barely louder than the acoustic voice. Couple that with audience noises of coughing, glasses, chairs, etc and you have a far less satisfactory recording.
I have also recorded an awards ceremony in another room where there were a couple of hundred people in the room and the MC/recipients were using a similar mic but through a PA. It was OK but in these latter cases I was thinking that I could maybe get a feed from the mixer - also set up hurriedly without an expert in the room ;-)
Of course BBC quality isn't expected from the management but I would prefer something better myself!
I know shotguns aren't recommended indoors but I was thinking of something more directional. I was thinking of experimenting with my gear a bit.
My front end gear is the Sony, an AT877 shotgun, a v cheap wired lav, or a Sennheiser Evolution E855 dynamic. I have an old but still (mostly) working FP32A mixer (and a few other bits), into my Edirol.
The recordings are done on a sort of amateur basis and are pretty ad hoc since I never really know exactly what will be involved until I get there, and I probably don't have too much time to experiment and set up in advance...
Any sensible ideas that might make the end result better? The use is podcasts and the club's website eventually.
Many thanks in advance - I know you are all busy people.