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Cello and Piano Mics for small room

I am recording cello and piano in a small-medium size room that is too bright and live acoustically - I can't really treat it except to put a blanket under the piano.

What mic setup would you all recommend? I always used X-Y stereo on 2 small diaphragm cardoid mics and a large diaphram cardoid as spot mic up close (6 inches).

Would that work or the room work against me being too live? How to tame the room - only close mics, or putting the X-Y much closer like 2 ft high and far?

Recording violin, cello and harpsichord


I explain a little about my situation. I am a violinist and I have some experience in recordings (rather being recorded, which has given me some experience especially in editing) but I do not have much experience as far as recording equipment is concerned, now I only have a Zoom H6 and a couple of mics Studio Projects C4 with which I usually record some concerts.

I would like to invest and start recording my group (violin, cello and harpsichord, http://www.scaramuc…) and get the best results as possible.

Improving acoustics for cello

I spent last summer working on a basement studio (installing a new ceiling of layers of think drywall on hat channel, making bass traps, and other treatment.) The space is now a quiet place to practice and record but it is too dead for my liking. As a cellist, I love playing and recording in concert halls :) I realize that it is a very small space (24'x17' w 7' ceilings - the short ceiling probably the worst for room sound?) but I would like to add some 'room sound' back if possible.

Royer R-122 Microphones on Cello featuring Winona Zelenka

Love this Video and R-122. Cello sounds great and the info in here is worth watching.

Engineer/Producer Ron Searles records cellist Winona Zelenka, playing J.S Bach Cello Suites.
Ron used 3 R-122 Royer ribbon microphones in a Decca Tree formation to capture the essence of this 1707 Guarnerius cello. For more info on Royer microphones visit

Line Audio OM1 - Bach cello suites

I've just done a recording of cello suites of J. S. Bach with these little beautiful mics, just two of them going into DAV BG1 and to RME Multiface 1.
I'm incerdibly suprised by the quality, precision and the sweet color they have.
Hope it gives you an idea of their sound. Location was not ideal, live reverb with quite a bit of heavy reflections, but still they managed to create a recording I'm very pleased with.
Greetings, Marcin



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