One Steinway, One pianist, One pair of Gefell M296s - feedback welcome!
Pair of Gefell M296 omnis, spaced 35cm, head-height, and set about 2m back.
I purchased these mics only a week ago from the Forum classifieds (thank you 'matt-o-'), so it was great to give them a first 'run-out' on a real job so soon!
I have very kind permission from the artist to share some short mp3 'excerpts' of this performance (Beethoven Piano Sonata #32 - Opus 111) for educational purposes.
I will almost certainly be recording this same piano in the same space again, so please pitch in with your comments & suggestions for improvement (apart from suggesting the venue get some non-squeaky chairs!) - I'm here to learn from the experts!
I've made 3 non-contiguous (sorry - can't do more!) samples to show off different aspects of the dynamic range of the performance and how the 'unusual' space behaves.
0'00" Brahms intro to warm up
1'06" Lots of strident bass end, ringing staccato chords, and fortissimo playing
2'35" Beautiful quiet ending section showing the lovely bell-like quality of the Steinway high end
(The file has not been treated or edited, other than for length - recording is straight out-of-the-box which was a Metric Halo ULN-2.)
PS By the way, you can hear this same Beethoven program by pianist Stephen Osborne given 'the proper treatment' by the BBC, live from the Wigmore Hall in London on Wednesday evening at 19.30 CET on BBC Radio 3.
PPS Big thank you also to Forum member John Willett who was incredibly generous with his patient advice to me - hopefully he'll pop in here to give his student a report card!
Last edited by James Lehmann; 10 hours ago at 09:11 AM..
I really liked your recording, and a very good performance too. Every time I hear a recording with these mics, I find that they have a very appealing natural character with a feeling of presence and aliveness. Would like to try a pair someday.
the recording sounds really nice! Very balanced and authentic.
I am glad you put the microphones to proper use. I did not have too much opportunities to do recordings with them. So I am very glad, they come to full use now in your hands. It hope one day we will meet in person for a cup of coffee or tea!
The landscape around the concert location looks beautiful as well.
Good recordings and have a nice week.
The lack of a real hall is a problem but the sound is very good and appealing.
I like the piano and the timbre. Nice work!
I have always wanted to try these mics ever since Jerry Graham (Gotham USA) told me about them when they first came out. He mentioned that the design goal, started by him, was to create a modern M50 with the M296 mics.
Thank you all very much for all the lovely and encouraging comments - I am much heartened to know that I made a reasonable fist of recording this concert, helped of course by having such a terrific musician and a top-drawer instrument in front of me.
Co-incidentally, by broadcasting the the identical program last night from London's Wigmore Hall those nice folks at the BBC have provided a very interesting A/B comparison.
On a purely musical level, I encourage you to enjoy the complete performance (I could only post snippets), but if you're interested in comparing the sound with my non-contiguous excerpts in the Soundcloud clip above, the equivalent BBC times are below:
1:13:36 (Brahms intro to warm up)
1:19:19 (Lots of strident bass end, ringing staccato chords, and fortissimo playing)
1:35:32 (Beautiful quiet ending section showing the lovely bell-like quality of the Steinway high end)
Obviously it's miles from a proper A/B - the performance, piano, miking, space are totally different - but still, it's fun to hear.
PS I'm not sure if BBC iPlayer Radio works outwith the UK - I think it does (unlike iPlayer TV), but I daresay many of you have VPNs set-up for when you're working abroad in areas of the planet where the internet is restricted.
PPS I think the BBC put stuff up for 30 days after which the link may be taken down.
Last edited by James Lehmann; 9 hours ago at 09:58 AM..