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#1 zeruyo

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 10:08 AM

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.

#2 brubart

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Posted 23 April 2007 - 10:19 AM

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