I won’t have time to create this video. So here are a few thoughts …
- I like to place two microphones on a piano, one near the low strings and one near the high.
- Instrument microphones work best; ones with a flat frequency response.
- They should be close enough to capture the sound, but not too close where you capture the mechanical “clunks” of the moving pieces.
- Upright Piano
- Option 1: Place the microphones behind the piano facing the piano’s sound board.
- Option 2: Open the piano’s lid and face the microphones toward the piano’s innards.
- Grand / Baby Grand Piano
- Option 1: Place the microphones underneath the piano facing the piano’s sound board.
- Option 2: Open the piano’s lid partially, place the microphones near the opening, and point them toward the piano’s strings.
- Note: Opening the piano’s lid fills the space with acoustic sound. Keeping the lid closed or partially open helps you contain and control the sound in the space.