I'm currently attempting to record a grand piano, and have run in to a few little hick ups. To give you an idea of my set up... I have one Shure SM81 mic which is running through a lower end M Audio interface. I wish I could record it in stereo, but this is all I can afford at the moment. So I feel like the sweet spot is with the mic pointing straight down at the mid section of the piano (lid up)... So far this gives the best results tone-wise. The problem with this spot is that I am picking up big time noise every time the pianist pushes the pedals! It isn't one of those natural piano sounds either. It is loud and ugly! So I tried a variety of approaches to get away from this. So far I found a really unorthodox position that sounds semi-ok. I have the lid open a fraction and have the mic at an angled down in a small opening on the front all the way to the right of the piano. But I'm sacrificing some clarity/tone just to avoid this nasty pedal noise. Any tips on mic placement or cheap home remedies to reduce the noise? To be specific with the exact noise... It isn't the sound of the pedal itself. It is the sound that the strings are making when the pedal is pushed. You can hear this funky string sound every time its pushed!