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  • Micing a Piano - Suggestions?

    We have a small grand that we use in our sanctuary during worship services. In order to manage sound levels we prefer to keep the lid closed. Any recommendations for micing? I've seen some recommendations to use a boundry mic such as an apex 130
    http://www.apexelectronics.com/categ...oduct/Apex130/

    As always, cost is a consideration!

    Thanks,
    ...Randy

  • #2
    If you're planning to leave the lid closed, a boundary mic is as great choice. Shameless plug, but we talked at length about piano micing on a podcast that I cohost a few weeks ago. You can check out the episode here:

    http://www.thepluggedinchurch.com/?p=125

    Piano talk should be right towards the beginning.
    Eric Frisch
    www.ericfrisch.com

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    • #3
      This is what we use, and we keep the lid closed. We have been using this for a long time with no problems.
      Barcus Berry 4000
      http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/4000XL/

      Also send a request to join my Facebook group for Church Sound/Media Tech's _ It a great learning tool.

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChurchSoundMediaTechs/

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      • #4
        Originally posted by efrisch View Post
        If you're planning to leave the lid closed, a boundary mic is as great choice. Shameless plug, but we talked at length about piano micing on a podcast that I cohost a few weeks ago. You can check out the episode here:

        http://www.thepluggedinchurch.com/?p=125

        Piano talk should be right towards the beginning.
        And what's wrong with shameless plugs???? I'll be dropping by!

        Thanks!
        ...Randy

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        • #5
          Thanks David,

          I've sent the request for the FB group and will check out the 4000XL.

          ...Randy

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          • #6
            Hey Gang,
            Great question --- we have 2 different mics we use. We use the Earthworks Piano Mic system which is stunning; however, it's so extremely sensitive, it's really only appropriate for solo piano work. It picks up way too much stage noise - even with the lid closed, for a "praise band" and makes it hard to cut through.

            Unfortunately, at this early hour, the name of our other system is escaping me! (Help Travis Paulding!). It's got 3 zones and ... ah rats, can't remember what it's called - I'll see if Travis can help!
            Fred McKinnon, Pianist/Composer/Worship Leader
            blog: www.fredmckinnon.com

            Please check out my piano/instrumental music at:
            www.soundcloud.com/FredMcKinnonMusic
            www.youtube.com/c/FredMcKinnonMusic

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            • #7
              Originally posted by fmckinnon View Post
              Hey Gang,
              Great question --- we have 2 different mics we use. We use the Earthworks Piano Mic system which is stunning; however, it's so extremely sensitive, it's really only appropriate for solo piano work. It picks up way too much stage noise - even with the lid closed, for a "praise band" and makes it hard to cut through.

              Unfortunately, at this early hour, the name of our other system is escaping me! (Help Travis Paulding!). It's got 3 zones and ... ah rats, can't remember what it's called - I'll see if Travis can help!
              Helpinstill, the piano pickup. It is a 3 piece magnetic system that works like a guitar pickup. No open mic so it is virtually feedback proof and works well with the lid closed. It does not sound as natural as acoustic pianos sound or a good mic, like our earthworks, but when mixed with even a small band it sounds great and cuts through amazingly.
              Travis Paulding,
              Production & Technology Director, St. Simons Community Church
              www.sscommunitychurch.com
              twitter.com/tpaulding

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              • #8
                I also work at a performing arts theatre. Once in a blue moon we have to mic our concert grand. Depending on what is available, sometimes i simply gaff tape a crown floor mic to a flat spot inside the piano, other times i will arrange 2 sm57's or sm59's if all the 57's are already in use underneath the piano. with boom stands. We do not have a special piano mic as we hardly ever mic it, but this is how it is done when we need to.

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                • #9
                  If having the lid open makes it too loud, then I don't understand why you need to mic it at all?


                  I'd open the lid and put two mics in it.
                  8-)



                  what? me worry?

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