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Piano mics?

I'm using a pair of DPA 4099's to mic my current grand piano, and they've have been ok, but I have a Steinway D coming in soon. Since I'll already likely be renting some different vocal mics to compare, I'm wondering if folks here have any mic recommendations for a very very large and resonant sound. Budget is probably 3,000 or less for the pair. The Earthworks system as well as KM184s come in around that price.

Any observations on the above or alternate recommendations would be most appreciated.


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?

Schoeps for piano

Hello. I am a professional piano player and I'd like to update my couple of mics (AKG 414s) with Schoeps matched pair, but I don't know what caps is best, if Mk 21 or Mk 22.
Live use a part, I am recording a Steinway C (227 cm) in a medium room rather dry, about 40 square meters. I am not doing business in recording, but I'd like to buy something durable. I combine mics with a MOTU 896 MK. Thanks for suggestions. C

piano bleed into choir mics

I recorded a children's choir concert today. The space was a large church with a lot of ambience (4 sec. reverb) Two suspended overhead mics were used to capture the choir sound. Unfortunately the piano was in close proximity to these mics, underneath and in front of the conductor and choir. The lid was closed. Even so, in many situations the piano player was playing to loudly and the sound is at the same level as the choir. At other times the level of bleed is acceptable.

It's probably impossible, but if anyone has any suggestions I would really appreciate it.

Buying my first mics to record a piano (and other stuff...)... is this mic ok?

Hello everyone,
found this beautiful forum (and neverending source of knowledge) thanks to a friend of mine.
Time has come for me to start buying mics for my home-studio set up.
I have an acoustic piano I'd love to record in a decent way, and also a classical guitar (and I'm going to buy a mandolin too... eheheheh).
I was thinking about a pair (in order to being able to make stereo recordings) of this AKG model which is the C4000B...

Oktava mics for grand piano?

I mainly record classical chamber music (recitals in theatres and auditorium with very good acoustics) and I'm very proud of the results: by now I used a Neumann km183 spaced pair in A-B recording technique through a MOTU Traveler (preamp, AD converter and audio card all in a box) connected to an Apple powerbook (recording at 48KHz 24 bit).
I'm also a professional pianist and usually record my piano recitals using the above configuration: the problem is that in churchs often the acoustic is too reverberant, and so I plan to add some cardioids for close-miking.

Overhead piano mics

I am in the market for a different pair of overhead piano mic's, to use for FIELD RECORDING ie concerts etc.. I record acoustic piano jazz trio's on location. I am looking at Gefell, Josephsons or Beyer.

Would any of you have sound samples or recordings using these mic's on a grand piano?

My concern is bleed, the piano lid is always at full stick and I get a lot of drums in the piano mic.

I presently am using 414's 441's and C12VR. They are close to the sound I want but no cigar.

Any suggestions and samples would be greatly appreciated.