Okay, I'm helping with sound for another church group in our building who have a praise band. Basically it's piano, electric bass, acoustic guitars with pickups, and drums. There can be between 1 and 3 acoustics being used. It's a fairly small space, (50'x60') and extremely reverberant. The problem is that when they really get cranking, the piano can barely be heard if at all. It's a Steinway baby grand and the top is on the long peg. My thought was to lower the cover to the short peg and use either an AKG 535, or C1000 to mic it. Along with the choice of mics, is the placement. Wrapped in a single layer of foam and placed in one of the holes (metal), inside the piano with a stand, or underneath the piano (on a stand). So far as mic choices go, those are the two best mics I have with perhaps the exception of a couple of older studio mics (both AKG). I'm hesitant to use those as I've tried them before for vocals, and as you can imagine, I had too many problems with feedback. I believe one of them is a c3000b and I don't remember what the other one is. Any thoughts are appreciated regarding the choices given. I do not have the money to purchase more mics at this time. The only other mic I can think of is a Radio Shack PZM unmodified.
1. Use an SM57 placed in the third (or second) hole in the lyre. This will give you max usable microphone headroom, will exclude most of the other stage sound and works well for monitors.
Try a couple of different holes... for example, on our Baldwin baby grand it's the fourth hole that seems to be the best location for excluding other on-stage racket.Dick, what sort of EQ do you generally find yourself using with that placement?
lately I've been using a Beta 91 gaffed to the inside of the lid pointed towards the hammers. It's been working better than I expected.
Time for my usual reply regarding gaff tape and Steinways:No tape on the finished surfaces, please.That said, I don't find mics inside closed pianos to be as usable as the "57 in the hole". Too many reflections and image smear. If you can find just the right spot to let the initial attack predominate without being too "hard", then good. But again...NO TAPE please.
Well, Dick, sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. We've got an Estonia baby grand and I've have yet to have a residue or issues with quality gaff tape inside the lid. People setting their drinks on top is a far more egregious issue IMHO
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