Mic Approaches for Capturing the Sound of Grand Piano

A veteran mix engineer shares a wealth of techniques for success with “the Mother of Musical Creation.”

By PSW Staff November 6, 2018

When capturing the sound of the grand piano there are a myriad of mic approaches. In fact, ask 100 sound engineers how to mike a piano and you’ll get 99 ideas – and many of them will actually work if applied correctly.

Sure, it can be inconvenient at times to try to capture the sound of a half-ton instrument with 230 strings. But the quest for excellence in the sound reinforcement world is not for the faint of heart.

In “The Myriad Mic Approaches For Capturing The Sound Of Grand Piano,” Chapter 4 of the PSW Expert Series on Microphone Techniques, author Mark Frink presents a wealth of options for success with grand pianos, including:

  • Approaches for open lid solo piano performances
  • The Coincident Pair (XY) technique
  • The “old school” Blumlein Pair method
  • Techniques for a closed-lid piano
  • And more!

 

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Veteran mix engineer Mark Frink has been working in live production for more than 30 years, including serving as the monitor engineer for numerous top touring artists.

The ProSoundWeb Expert Series on Microphone Techniques is presented by Audix and features top authors from ProSoundWeb and Live Sound International magazine. If you missed a previous chapter, it is available for download below:

Chapter 1: “Microphone Approaches for Acoustic Performances

Chapter 2: “Everything You Wanted to Know About Phantom Power for Microphones

Chapter 3: “Vocal Microphone – Selection Challenges and Solutions