As soon as you start to have

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As soon as you start to have multiple microphones, you need somebody to point them! If your subjects cannot be predicted in advance, then the only solution once you move away from omni mics is somebody minding directional ones. These things need proper aiming and monitoring. Omnis and wide cardioids pick up ok when the subject is louder than the background noise (which gets captured too), Mixing a lav and one other mic is commonly done, as lots use the camera mic on one track and an external mic on the other. Once you start to try figure of 8, or other types like X/Y or M/S you get more options but they need using properly.

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