Join Larry Crane for an in-depth discussion in this video Recording upright piano, part of Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Recording.
Larry: Here at Jackpot Recording, we don't have a grand piano. …We don't quite have enough space to fit one in here, even though I sure wish we did. …We have this wonderful upright piano that my piano tuner actually found for us. …She was really picky and didn't like our old piano, so one day she came in and …said, I've got it. I found one for you. …This thing is fantastic. And I'm going to show you a bunch of ways …to mic this up. Get great sounds out of it. …Now the first thing we do, and my friend Todd here helped me earlier, is pull the …piano away from the wall. One of the reasons to do this is, think …if of like if you had an acoustic guitar and you were playing up against a wall.…
It kind of chokes down the sound and, gives you like a first real close …reflection and, and kills what's happening. …And plus, the back of the piano is making a lot more sound than most people realize. …There's a lot of sound coming out of the sound board on the back here, so you've …got to keep that in mind. When it comes to micing piano, I really …
First, Larry introduces basic signal flow techniques that will improve any recorded sound. Then he explains some of his recording secrets, like how to capture acoustic guitars and vocals at the same time, how to choose the best microphone for a vocalist, and how to use stereo mics and room placement to create an ensemble sound on a single performer.
- Understanding input signal path
- Gain staging
- Checking phase on a drum kit
- Miking snare drums
- Comparing vocal mics
- Recording live acoustic guitar with vocals
- Using distortion with bass guitar
- Finding the best drum placement in rooms
- Recording upright piano
- Creating your own style