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Old August 26th, 2005, 10:29 PM   #1
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Recording Piano Recitals

I have a Cannon GL-2 and I want to shoot and record piano recitals. I am thinking of getting a Rode nt4 and a beachtek DXA-6. Considering that this will cost me about $700 and I have limited funds, can anyone advise me wether I'm getting the best bang for my buck? Or, should I consider something else?
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Old August 26th, 2005, 11:34 PM   #2
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Usually what I've heard to record piano is to get
the mic(s) up close, like 1 to 3 feet away.
Were you planning on putting the NT4 on
your camera? On a mic stand near the piano?
Some people might even boom the mic inside the
piano if it's played with the cover on a long
stick.
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Old August 26th, 2005, 11:57 PM   #3
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I would highly recommend having a mic on a stand within 3-4 feet of the piano. It will turn out great.
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Old August 27th, 2005, 06:42 AM   #4
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"Mix" magazine had an complete article on techniques for recording piano performances in their June 2005 issue and it's available online at their website.

http://mixonline.com/mag/audio_killer_keys/index.html

Recommended reading ...

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I would highly recommend having a mic on a stand within 3-4 feet of the piano. It will turn out great.
Amen. Using a standard XY/Blumlein, you'll get a good sound if you can't get straight into the piano shell. I wouldn't use an NT4. A Giant Squid (omni) stereo pair, a pair of AT 899's, or something similar would be better if stereo is important to you.
Pianos are not easy to get a great sound out of if you are not specifically recording the piano in a controlled environment. However, an XY setup, just a few feet back, usually will give a good piano sound while taking the room into account.
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Old August 27th, 2005, 12:56 PM   #6
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I used an Electrovoice RE-50 and it worked great.
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