Bane wrote:Hello all,
After all the studying and $$ spending, I'm finally ready to start testing out my equipment by recording. Taking on the acoustic piano is going to be quite a challenge with a very limited budget, and there have been a couple of issues. Right now, the worst has to be that no matter where I place my single Samson CO1 mic (hyper cardioid pickup pattern), I can still hear the keys clicking. My piano is not particularly old nor the keys unusually loud, but they're just audible enough on the recording to make an obsessive pianist like me scream with frustration. So does anyone know anything that might work to at very least minimize these clicks in CE5? Currently, I'm mostly centering my mic right above middle C with the lid open and the panels still on. Funny how I didn't hear this with the dynamic mic I was using. If I ever figure out how, I will attach an audio file to show you what I mean.
Thanks for your consideration,
Bane wrote:Now everything I read says: get a mic with small diaphragm, mic stereo, omni pickup pattern is best. What the heck?!
Bane wrote:Good idea, Split. I hadn't actually thought of that myself. The problem is this will be a two month process, as I record 14 songs. A few minutes ago, I finished some mic testing at different positions.
1) Above (but not too close to) the treble
2) Above (but not too close to) the bass
3) Out into the room for ambience but not so far that it totally thins out the signal. (centered)
4) Your suggestion of miking across the piano from the treble toward the bass
5) The alternation of #4, except since my piano is in a corner, I couldn't quite get my mic between the wall and bass side. I'll have to work around that later.
I'm not sure I like #4 so much, as I get increased key clicking in that pattern. The others I will analyze in depth later, and find which one I like best for further testing. Any other patterns you think I might should try? I would attach some of the results, but the forum rejects Wave files. What kind of format will it allow?
Bane wrote: (the clicks aren't audible during performance, only while monitoring and during recording)
Laurence Payne wrote:I'll bet they are, really. You just manage not to notice them while playing. Microphones have a habit of picking up EXACTLY what's happening though
Bane wrote:Alright, I'll give that a try. I think I narrowed it down to the ambient one and the one over bass. As soon as I set up an account I'll post a link. I hope you can delete your songs there when you don't want them anymore.
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