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recording an upright piano

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Hi,

I would to have some advice on recording an upright piano with PZM mics. If I could achieve better results than a classic XY technique with conventional condensers, eventually which model is better for this goal, using 2 PZM or the SASS-P MK II, placement and so on.

Thanks a lot.

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Here are some suggestions for miking an upright piano with two PZMs:

*Place the PZMs on the floor under the piano, dividing the piano in thirds. This may sound a little strange but it provides excellent isolation.

*Put the soundboard about 1 foot from a wall. Angle the piano about 17 degrees to the wall to reduce standing waves. Tape two PZMs to the wall behind the soundboard, dividing the piano in thirds.

*Aim the soundboard out into the room. Tape two PZMs to the soundboard, dividing the piano in thirds. Sounds strange but has great isolation.

*Remove the piano cover in tront of the player to expose the strings. Tape each PZM to a mic boom so that the plate is horizontal. Place each PZM about 1 foot from the strings, dividing the piano in thirds.

With the SASS,

*Aim the soundboard out into the room. Put the SASS about 2 feet away from the center of the soundboard.

*Remove the piano cover in front of the player to expose the strings. Place the SASS just over the head of the player.

In general, cut 250-300 Hz a little with your EQ to reduce tubbiness.

Good luck!

Bruce Bartlett

Crown Microphone Engineering

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