Mic'ing & Recording a Pipa

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  1. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA/ Greenville, DE
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    Thought I'd throw this one out to the group at large. Anyone have any experience recording or mic'ing a Pipa? (if you've gotta ask what it is, then nevermind... ;-) )

    I've got a performance later today (Thursday) with Wu Man, and we're mic'ing it for the hall as well as recording it for broadcast next week. I think I already know what I'm going to use, but I'm open to suggestions on selection and placement, although I suspect the artist will have some sort of tech support and ideas of their own....
  2. ptr

    ptr Active Member

    Nov 3, 2004
    Göteborg, Sweden
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    Hi Joe,

    I've recorded Pi'pa twise. Its a chinese solid body lute (or atleast with a minimal acoustic cahmver), if I recall correctly it has silk strings at quite high tension.

    Some more reading : At Wikipedia for those that are curius..

    The instrument has no bass at all, one of the woorks I recordedwas for Pi'Pa and modern (Western) Chamber Ensemble, 11 players) and the instrument cut through like a sharp knife.

    I had a single KM140 as a support on the Pi'Pa player with this ensemble and it worked superbly well! (TLM50's as main Omni AB stereo pair)

    The second time I was recording a Chinese ensemble, started out with closemiking the whole gang with KM 140's, ended usen a stereo pair (My TLM50's) on the whole group...

    The Chinese instruments creates a very interesting sound world, dont get too close and it should be

    Hav'ent PA's the instrument so I cant really say anything about sound reinforcement, but I think its giot a be a damnd big audiotorium for it to be neeeded... But thats only my 2 cents of guessing power..


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