I found myself in an acoustical nightmare recently, and would love any suggestions. Picture a large high-school gymnasium, filled with 40 or so large round tables for a formal dinner, in the center a large elevated runway on which a live auction is held. Now add 300 or so adults (who have been drinking for a couple hours at this point) and have no interest in listening to the auction. They continue to talk, as the sound level of the auction is increased in an attempt to allow the 3 or 4 people in the room who do want to hear the auctioneer to hear, the crowd just gets louder. Ultimately sound is bouncing everywhere in a disastrous cacophony and the complaints begin to roll in that "no body can hear the auctioneer". UUGGGHHH! While nobody was satisfied, and everyone complained, now I'm hearing that it was "better than last year." and "What can we do to make this work next year?" IMHO, other than getting the crowd to shut up, this is an acoustical impossibility .. any suggestions?