Need feedback on my piano recording

Discussion in 'Acoustic Keyboards' started by Edahall, Jul 28, 2014.

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  1. paulears

    paulears Well-Known Member

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    Isn't that the 'personality premium'? A better result because the people gel and support each other. A real creative team. My work is not for public release it's production music in the main, and in most cases, my work ends, the invoice gets paid and only later do I hear it, and quite a few times, it's clear that it's been er, enhanced, by someone else - and often the production company have farmed it out to somebody else without even thinking about me? A few times I'm pleased, but other times, I could get the same result by squeezing it through a compressor till the life is strangled out of it!
     
  2. Edahall

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    I played around with mic positions and I think I am narrowing in on what works best for my instrument and the room it's in. Please listen and let me know which recording you believe sounds best and why.

    I put a mic just above a sound hole and another above the bass hammer line. The issue here is action noise however, my highest priority is sound quality.


    View: http://youtu.be/nDrfInjVH9M?list=UUUdaD04dFraLbEBGS4NGe3A

    This recording is identical to the previous except I also recorded it with some PZM mics so 4 mics total. One PZM is under the strings and another is under the piano (not pictured) placed on top of a piece of plywood. I'm very interested to hear if you think these PZM's add anything to the recording or if you think they just make the recording more muddy? This is the only recording with these PZM's. With all the others, I had it turned off.


    View: http://youtu.be/KGZHfMK0n6g?list=UUUdaD04dFraLbEBGS4NGe3A

    I decided to move my mics back a little to reduce action noise. However, I'm afraid that the sacrifice is that I lose some warmth in the recording.


    View: http://youtu.be/ZzcviVDa8qQ?list=UUUdaD04dFraLbEBGS4NGe3A


    I decided to try something crazy and flip my mics upside down 180 degrees so the tips of the mics point towards the lid. It sounds good to my ears and slightly different from the other recordings but I can't decide if it's better. I'm very curious to hear what you think.


    View: http://youtu.be/jGuF6cUOCJQ?list=UUUdaD04dFraLbEBGS4NGe3A


    To reduce action noise, I moved my mics back (away from the hammer line).


    View: http://youtu.be/Ajxc0cXzPKE?list=UUUdaD04dFraLbEBGS4NGe3A


    Based on what you've seen and heard, if there are any other mic positions I should try, please let me know. Thanks for listening.
     
  3. paulears

    paulears Well-Known Member

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    I did that by mistake - I had an assistant who had not realised the mics were in the mounts upside down - Bouncing off the lids worked quite well. I'll try to have a listen later.
     

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