Hello all, I'm looking to get some ambient recording coverage of a theatre space that I work with. The space is small (125 persons capacity) and has a low metallic (!) ceiling (approx. 11-16 ft from floor) that slopes upwards away from the stage, parallel to the raked seating area. I currently have wireless handheld and lavaliere microphones installed in the PA system which I can send out to recording devices. What i need is some sort of ambient coverage of the theatre space to augment the wireless mics. Many of the seminars and presentations that we schedule are of an informal nature, and we regularly have the audience asking questions of our talent without the use of microphones. It's a part of the culture of the place, and hard to change. I was thinking of ceiling mounting either: some omnidirectional mics, a PZM stereo mic, boundary mics, or a stereo pair of condensers. My original idea was to have two condensers mounted centrally to the ceiling in an XY configuration, but my concern here is that the mics might be too near field to pickup the questions without raising the noise-floor to unacceptable levels. And that using shotguns would not give me the coverage i need across the majority of the seated area. Other options I'm thinking of > * Mounting two boundary mics to the ceiling.. something like this Crown PCC160 http://www.crownaudio.com/pdf/mics/101062.pdf * Using a stereo PZM mic like the Crown SASS-P MKII http://www.crownaudio.com/mic_web/sass.htm Any thoughts? All I am looking for is 'clear - audible' coverage with a minimum amount of additional inputs to the mixer/recorder. The recordings will likely be for podcasts and downloadable lectures, not for music production.