Micing grand piano live

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Re: Micing grand piano live

Postby Aisle 6 » Sun May 11, 2014 11:57 pm

Hey Ben.
Those Earthworks sound very interesting. Pricing it pretty crazy though. A little rich for my touring blood. : P
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Re: Micing grand piano live

Postby Enginearing » Mon May 12, 2014 9:28 pm

Aisle 6 wrote:Hey Ben.
Those Earthworks sound very interesting. Pricing it pretty crazy though. A little rich for my touring blood. : P


Yep. Hence why I have 4x ATM450 in my own kit and I know where to find the earthworks should I ever feel the need.
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Re: Micing grand piano live

Postby Aisle 6 » Mon May 12, 2014 10:26 pm

You are a wise man, Ben Milne. ;)
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Re: Micing grand piano live

Postby tall_phill » Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:51 pm

If the stage level is low to moderate, and I seem to do a lot of gigs like that, I take the lid off, and use a pair of condensors on stands above the piano, one toward the bell, one toward the hammers. I get them as far away as I think I can get away with, up to perhaps 80cm, perhaps 1m. I have been very happy with the results, requiring minimal EQ. I would not try this for rock and roll, but it has worked very well for musical theatre 'rock and roll', which is a totally different kettle of fish.
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Re: Micing grand piano live

Postby Toddo » Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:09 pm

I have to use what I can get, so this weekend I'll be using my Schertler GP pickups combined with a couple of strategically placed Beta57a's or if I can get away with it, a couple of SM81's. Piano will be played in Big Bands and Quintets over the weekend. Wish me luck?
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Re: Micing grand piano live

Postby Enginearing » Thu May 28, 2015 9:57 pm

audioio wrote:
headman wrote:http://www.helpinstill.com/

Tried one once. Not to my taste, I'm afraid. Sounded like a piano through a pickup (which, in a sense, it is). Still, as they say, your mileage may vary.

Now these sound incredible:
http://www.dpamicrophones.com/en/produc ... item=24378


Pretty sure they are supposed to be used in addition to a microphone pair, not as a stand alone unit...
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Re: Micing grand piano live

Postby Enginearing » Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:21 pm

The Audio Technica ATM450s continue to impress me at this application.
I have been running them as a spaced pair for Melbourne International Jazz Festival in Bennetts Lane.
With the in-house Grand at full stick and a drum kit close by a decent piano sound is still achievable. Even with the lid lowered to half stick the side address means the mics do not get pushed too close to the instrument.
Both PBS (Paul Maybury) and ABC Jazz (Mal Stanley) have been in to record shows for broadcast and the concencus has been they are quite remarkable and natural sounding, especially for the price ($300USD/pair is exceptional value IMO).
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Re: Micing grand piano live

Postby Paul Maybury » Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:58 pm

Hi Ben, thanks for your excellent skills and conversation at the Bennett's Lane recording.
The AT450's we used on the piano and drum overheads performed perfectly, the mix of the recording is sounding fantastic!
Where do you find them for $300 a pair?!!!
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Re: Micing grand piano live

Postby Enginearing » Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:58 pm

http://www.zenproaudio.com/audio-techni ... fullSite=1

Shhh...

War is a nice dude and has had the "too shiny shine" deal for a while, just need to enter a code when checking out.
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Re: Micing grand piano live

Postby Paul Maybury » Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:01 pm

Just ordered some for PBS. Thanks for the tip, Ben!
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