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

Discussion in 'Acoustic Keyboards' started by Stefano Guzzetti, Dec 15, 2010.

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  1. Stefano Guzzetti

    Stefano Guzzetti Active Member

    Dec 15, 2010
    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...
    do you think it's a good choice in general (as a starting level), and what do you think about a couple of them recording a piano (vertical, not coda). I would plug those two mic in a MOTU 896 MKIII sound board.


    AKG C4000B - C 4000 B
    MOTU 896 MKIII - - 896mk3 Overview

    Thanks a lot in advance
    Best Regards

  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    Does "vertical" mean "upright", and why would you leave out the coda if it's there in the score?

    I don't think you would be very happy with the results from C4000Bs on a piano, especially in an untreated room. You would do better going in closer using a pair of small diaphragm condensers (SDCs) than a pair of large diaphragm condensers (LDCs) at a greater distance. In the medium price bracket, a pair of Rode NT55s is hard to beat for this type of work. I've used them quite a bit on piano, both with the cardioid capsules fitted closed paired and also with the omni capsules in a spaced-pair configuration.

    SDCs are also generally considered better for instruments like acoustic guitar and mandolin, although I have had excellent results from LDCs in M-S mode on solo acoustic guitar, but only in a studio with good acoustics.

    Here's an article on piano miking. It includes reference to using NT55s, and also there's a paragraph on miking an upright piano.
  3. Stefano Guzzetti

    Stefano Guzzetti Active Member

    Dec 15, 2010
    Dear Boswell,
    thanks a lot for your answer.... now I'll go check the mentioned article.
    And yes, sorry for my poor English, I totally couldn't figure out the word, of couse for 'vertical' I meant an upright piano... ahahahah sorry again :D
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