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good mic and preamp combination for a grand piano ?
Old 20th August 2006
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good mic and preamp combination for a grand piano ?

so we got a bechstein flügel (grand piano, 2m x 1,50m) for our studio. what combination of mic´s/preamp would you recommend ?
Old 20th August 2006
a pair of Neumann 149's \ U67's sometimes U87's ,
I've recorded a grand piano last week with MS mode config using Lawson L47 (m) and CMV563 with M8 (s) or the same combination with U67 figure 8 as the S mic with great results , for me nothing can touch the 1073 \ 1064 preamp
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royer ribbons(SF 12/24) and any of the clean pres..DACS, DAV, GML, etc..
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Our preferred set-up is:

MG 71s on left--at height of lid
U89 (or TLM170) on right-- lower, 1ft. above height of strings

using KM53's or M50's as ambience spaced pair farther back

We like large diaphragm mics on piano.

any good high headroom mic amp will suffice
we use DAV electronics Broadhurst Gardens No. 1 or No. 2

sometimes we use EAR mic amp on Mg and U89.

It is essential to have a pair close and then a pair farther away.
The blend is your friend!
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Every piano and room is different. On my C7 I've evolved to a 414 TL II above the low strings, halfway back, and a Lawson 47 on the high strings, up near the hammers. Through a pair off Avalon 737's (I dunno, in this app they sound better than my API's or DRS-2). Sometimes I use a pair of 184's.

To me, more important than the mics and preamps, is to get the phasing and reflections under control.

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