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Jared Koopman

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Re: budget piano microphones
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2014, 12:58:51 pm »

Ive had good success with the AT-Pro37.
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Re: budget piano microphones
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2014, 01:59:55 pm »

Thanks BJ. since i'm placing one each over the base end of the soundboard for bass frequencies and one at the upper end for treble, did you get full response and dynamics in the mix?
 
I was happy with the sound. I used one high and one low and was able to get a nice balanced tone. Struggled a bit getting enough low end at first, but that was probably more due to placement then the mic. Good rejection of feedback too. Overall great value. Will be trying one on acoustic guitar shortly.
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Re: budget piano microphones
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2014, 12:04:27 am »

well after much research/ consternation I'm just going to bite the bullet
and pick up a C414. Not sure XLS/ XLII etc but seems to be the go to ldc
best suited for the job. Then a sdc pencil for the hi end. Have to look thru
Marketplace. tks all. 
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Jay Barracato

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Re: budget piano microphones
« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2014, 12:55:29 am »

I would seriously consider a pair of audio technical ATM 450 ( a small diaphragm side address condenser) as a budget rig.

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Re: budget piano microphones
« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2014, 08:52:26 am »

well after much research/ consternation I'm just going to bite the bullet
and pick up a C414. Not sure XLS/ XLII etc but seems to be the go to ldc
best suited for the job. Then a sdc pencil for the hi end. Have to look thru
Marketplace. tks all.

While the C414 has a generally good reputation, and for the price I have them quite far down on my list sound-wise.  If you're going to spend that much money, get yourself a matched set of good SDC's.  Earlier I recommended the KSM141 which I consider as good or better than the 414...and you can get a pair for the cost of the AKG.

In the long run I'd recommend purchasing a matched pair over a single mic.  The flexibility and utility inherent in pairs over singles will be much better use of your funds.  Like you, I chose LDC's in the beginning, but experience has taught me that for working with grand piano in ensembles, LDC's are not the best choice.

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Re: budget piano microphones
« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2014, 01:31:02 pm »

While the C414 has a generally good reputation, and for the price I have them quite far down on my list sound-wise.  If you're going to spend that much money, get yourself a matched set of good SDC's.  Earlier I recommended the KSM141 which I consider as good or better than the 414...and you can get a pair for the cost of the AKG.

In the long run I'd recommend purchasing a matched pair over a single mic.  The flexibility and utility inherent in pairs over singles will be much better use of your funds.  Like you, I chose LDC's in the beginning, but experience has taught me that for working with grand piano in ensembles, LDC's are not the best choice.

Mike, you might not believe in Peter Pan... but I suggest you believe Mr Rees.  A matched pair of SDCs will benefit you more, both in the piano and for other uses.
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Re: budget piano microphones
« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2014, 01:48:21 pm »

Mike, you might not believe in Peter Pan... but I suggest you believe Mr Rees.  A matched pair of SDCs will benefit you more, both in the piano and for other uses.

Mike...

You should buy whatever you decide upon from Tim.  He's a very smart guy... ;D
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Re: budget piano microphones
« Reply #17 on: February 02, 2014, 02:37:45 pm »

Mike...

You should buy whatever you decide upon from Tim.  He's a very smart guy... ;D

The only thing I sell is my time.  Somehow that's still legal in Kansas so long as none of the parties are gratified by the experience. 

Lenny Bruce had a joke (c. 1963) about a Shriner attending a convention in New York.  He told the bellman "get me a $100 whore".  The bellmen sent a writer.

And you of all people should know that Microphone Accumulation Syndrome (a subset of Gear Acquisition Syndrome) is an "acquire-only" problem. ;)
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Re: budget piano microphones
« Reply #18 on: February 02, 2014, 10:56:04 pm »

AT Pro37 - works on almost anything.
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Re: budget piano microphones
« Reply #19 on: February 03, 2014, 08:19:41 am »

Plus one on the pro 37.
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