Variation: Add a second mic right above the separation, pointed toward the high keys. Technique #3: Open up the top of the piano and place a mic on the bass side and another on the treble side facing down, just over the lip of the piano. If your room doesn’t add to the sound of the piano, use a closer mic placement than you would if your room sounds great. Mic placement for Upright Piano. Place a microphone set to omni about 12 inches away from the point where the low and high strings cross (see the image on the left). With the piano samples available in the typical electronic keyboard these days, there’s little need to try to mike the nearest available piano for most projects, especially in a home studio. Privacy Policy, Copyright 2008 - 2020 by Bobby Owsinski Media Group   -  Designed by Thrive Themes To capture the full range of sound, pick up a pair of instrument microphones, such as the MXL CR21 Pair or the MXL 603 Pair. Here are a few miking techniques culled from the 4th edition my Recording Engineer’s Handbook that are a good place to start. Even if you can manage to stick a mic inside and point it somewhere useful, the upright's sound, like with a grand, is produced over a wide surface area with a lot of complex acoustic reflections. Right now, the "best" choice I have is an AT 851 boundary microphone. X/Y Placement; X/Y microphone placement is one of the most common options for recording piano. Technique #2: Take the panel off that sits in front of the strings underneath the keyboard. Discussion in 'Acoustic Keyboards' started by Drewslum, Feb 8, 2008. A pair of microphones spread out in the higher position This position can, however, be problematic on an instrument with squeaky pedals. This is the technique that most people use but can sound somewhat boxy if the mikes are actually placed inside the top housing. Although you can mic an upright piano with only a single microphone, most engineers prefer placing two microphones at similar depths on opposite sides of the piano. If you have an upright piano in a living room, for example, you may find it easier to just record a piano patch (sound) on a decent synthesizer. The wooden panel on the back of an upright piano acts like the body of an acoustic guitar, so this is the spot you want if you’re looking for resonance and body. The type of piano dictates microphone placement. This is a low-cost stereo kit, equally suited for project studios and for hidden mic setup on stage, using two high-quality 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones and a variety of mounting accessories for placement in and on the piano, with either an open or closed lid. The trouble is, it can be a lot more difficult to get a great sound from an upright piano. Most small studios aren’t blessed with a grand piano, but an upright is more likely to be available. The recordings are of: a spaced pair of omnis These can be either spaced with one at each end of the soundboard or together in an X-Y pattern. With the kickboard removed (there is usually a metal latch holding it in place), one mic is placed at each end. Best to place them just outside pointing towards the strings. Here are some placement options for an upright piano: Over the open lid of the piano, place either a single mic, a spaced pair, or a coincident pair. The choice between wide-diaphragm or pencil condensers is a matter of taste, but pencil condensers are a little more common. With the piano pulled away from the wall so the soundboard is facing the room, a pair of mics can be placed at a distance of 6–8″ (see Fig. By adjusting the distance to the piano and the exact placement next to the piano, the amount of ambience and timbre of the instrument can be tuned. Bobby Owsinski is a producer/engineer, author and coach. This method shines in slower-paced tunes because of its inherent sustain, and it’s also a good choice for singer-songwriters because it provides great isolation from the vocals.