Hi. I'm very new to recording and looking to record a classical piano performance in a small studio that could be used for pre-screening in applications for music schools. There is not much guideline on the requirement for the pre-screening material, but I want to make it as professional as possible while staying within budget. I have hired an audio engineer to help me recording for 10 hours, but because of their limited availability I want to have some options to record by myself as a backup plan. I'm also considering about finding another engineer out of town (could only find one in my town) but am constrained by budget (around $500) For the recording environment, I will be playing in a small studio. It is about 800 sq ft with two Steinway grands with sound-absorbing material on the walls. The recording system would be connected to my Macbook Pro (i5, 8GB RAM) which has two USB ports and use GarageBand (or other DAWs you would recommend.) I have no experience recording by myself and want most simple setup. I'm considering following options, but not so sure how the actual outcome would differ and what would be the minimum requirement setup to sound "professional" without crackling or pedal noises. Options: iPhone/Macbook microphone. (cheapest, just need holder.) AT2020 USB+ with Mac Zoom H4N / H6 Rode NT4+ some interface (Maybe Scarlett solo USB?) 1 or 2 Shure SM57 or some other microphone+ some interface Any other recommended setup. +finding another recording studio with remaining budget. Also, I'm not so sure if I would need any other equipment like an additional power source or preamp. I tried to do more research but can't really understand how they work. Any help would be extremely appreciated regarding those setups, comparison, or thoughts. Thank you in advance!