By Bobby Owsinski • April 16, 2019 Image courtesy of StockSnap 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. That said, there’s nothing like the live feel of a recorded instrument. Most small studios aren’t blessed with a grand piano, but an upright is more likely to be available. The trouble is, it can be a lot more difficult to get a great sound from an upright piano. Here are a few miking techniques culled from the 4th edition my Recording Engineer’s Handbook that are a good place to start. Although there are numerous ways to mike an upright piano, none of them are particularly ideal. The way that sounds the best (Technique #2 below), frequently suffers from stool and foot noise from the player. The Techniques Technique #1: Place an ORTF or X/Y stereo pair about 3 feet away from the back soundboard. This method will provide a nice wide stereo field, but will be lacking in high end and note definition. Technique #2: Take the panel off that sits in front of the strings underneath the keyboard. Place a microphone set to omni about 12 inches away from the point where the low and high strings cross (see the image below). 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. This is the technique that most people use but can sound somewhat boxy if the mikes are actually placed inside the top housing. Best to place them just outside pointing towards the strings. As stated above, Technique #2 usually sounds the best but depends upon the discipline of the player, since it will also pick up seat and pedal noises during the performance. Read the original article here. You can read more from The Recording Engineer’s Handbook and my other books on the excerpt section of bobbyowsinski.com. About Bobby Bobby Owsinski Music Industry Veteran and Technical Consultant Bobby Owsinski is an author, producer, music industry veteran and technical consultant who has written numerous books covering all aspects of audio recording. To read more from Bobby, and to acquire copies of his outstanding books such as The Recording Engineer’s Handbook, be sure to check out his website at www.bobbyowsinski.com. http://www.bobbyowsinski.com/ Comments Have something to say about this PSW content? Leave a comment! Cancel reply Scroll past the ”Post Comment” button below to view any existing comments. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Tagged with: Bobby Owsinski piano Techniques upright · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Subscribe to Live Sound International magazine. Stay up-to-date, get the latest pro audio news, products and resources each month with Live Sound.