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How to mic a piano

We just received some new piano mics at my church. We were recommended the Audio-Technica ATM450 Small-diaphragm Condenser Microphones by one of our sound technicians at church. He visited a church with what he thought was the same piano as ours and the same sound system. Turns out that the piano we have is more shallow than the piano that was at the other church so we are not able to mount the mics the same way as the other church. We have a Kawai RX-2 Millennium Limited Edition grand piano and two of the Audio-Technica ATM450 Small-diaphragm Condenser Microphones. We are wanting to be able to close our piano, if at all possible. Because of how shallow the piano is we might not be able to close is completely but the more we can close it the better. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to mic it? 

DJBall330 Contributor - Level 2 2020-05-10

2020-05-10

How to mic a piano

We just received some new piano mics at my church. We were recommended the Audio-Technica ATM450 Small-diaphragm Condenser Microphones by one of our sound technicians at church. He visited a church with what he thought was the same piano as ours and the same sound system. Turns out that the piano we have is more shallow than the piano that was at the other church so we are not able to mount the mics the same way as the other church. We have a Kawai RX-2 Millennium Limited Edition grand piano and two of the Audio-Technica ATM450 Small-diaphragm Condenser Microphones. We are wanting to be able to close our piano, if at all possible. Because of how shallow the piano is we might not be able to close is completely but the more we can close it the better. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to mic it? 

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Re: How to mic a piano

Hi Dawson @DJBall330 ,

What we did at our church (about 10 years ago) was mount a boundary mic (like the Audio-Technica U851) to the lid of the piano. With the lid down, it picks up well. With the lid up, it also picks up the surroundings. Fortunately the one pianist that insisted in lifting the lid is no longer playing there.

 

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Re: How to mic a piano

Hell @DJBall330 

 

On the grand piano at our church we used this mount and a pair of Senheiser mics.

https://pianomount.com/

 

Dwayne A