I'm involved in running some music events in pubs, and had some reasonable results from recording using omnis in AB arrangements along one wall (they have to be against a wall for space reasons and because people may reasonably be expected to move about.)
I haven't tried it, but I'd guess I could use cardioids in xy with a single stand, so long as I got the mics above the crowd.
Here's an example from a project reviving old Kent carols: https://youtu.be/HtjkeCDqNfE
And here's another of our traditional tunes workshop members playing an old favourite.https://youtu.be/EhZ7lPnICYU
The recordings were made using a pair of Behringer B5s and a Tascam DR100 mkii.
As some of you will understand from the Youtubes, we have quite a lot of fun.
But this weekend I had some difficulty working out how to record successfully in two settings.
One was in a long narrow room in which people were taking turns to sing or play. The situation was complicated by an open arch half way down tge room through which comes a lot of chatter from the pub's bar. In this setting I used the Tascam's omnis and was disappointed to find (I) the Tascam omnis were a bit on the dull side (and wouldn't take eq very well) and (ii) with the amount of bar noise it picked up. An example... https://youtu.be/Uh-Q7nxukxs
There's no doubt in my mind the B5s would have done a far better job.
But these points also make me think about using cardioids in some stereo arrangement with their backs to the chatter - but I really can't think of anything appropriate. Whatever confoguratio I can think of, I'm going to have people way over to one side or another. Perhaps I shouldn't worry... But still I think there will be bar noise...
Alternatively, perhaps I should use a single omni and not worry about noise.
Does anyone have any ideas please? (We like the venue, btw.)
Also on Saturday night we had a barndance with tunes workshop members and friends playing. With 15 of them, we couldn't all get on the stage, so played from the floor.
I haven't tried recording these evenings before but tried using xy from the front row of the band without success. The stand couldn't be further forward because of the dancers and caller, and the result didn't pic up nearly enough of the widely arranged band.
I didn't realish the idea of booming the mics over the band from the stage for fear of an accident.
Once again, I'm thinking that I would have been better served by using the omnis in AB arrangement again. Unless of course someone has a better idea!
If anyone can help, thanks for your thoughts.
Mics-wise I have a small selection of SDCs and LDCs, including a figure of 8 LDC - though that might be a bit obtrusive in this sort of setting.