Miking a Grand Piano: December 2016 Question of the Month
Shure Notes® email newsletter subscribers submit their burning audio questions every month, and we pick one to publish in the email and here. This month, we focus on miking a grand piano.
Jeff in Pennsylvania asked about piano miking:
I am currently using two boundary mics affixed to the underside of the grand piano lid at our church. Is this the best approach? It's intended as a permanent installation. The mics go directly to the mixing board.
Shure product support answered:
There are several ways to mic a grand piano for live sound reinforcement, but the method you have chosen is considered one of the best and works just as well for an upright piano. You don't mention what boundary mics you're using, but we recommend a cardioid condenser like the BETA® 91A.
Depending on the sound you want to achieve, you can place the boundary mics on the underside of the lid for a bright, well-balanced sound; on top of the closed lid for a strong attack, or above the soundboard for a full, natural sound. An elegant solution for this last technique is a mounting bar that positions the microphone above the soundboard and works with the lid open or closed. The Mirizio Microphone Mount is one that we've seen.
For additional piano miking techniques, check out page 24 of our booklet Microphone Techniques for Live Sound Reinforcement. You'll find a convenient one-page list there.
You can also search "piano miking" in the Shure FAQs, where you'll see a variety of approaches that you might consider depending on your application (recording or live sound) and environment.
Subscribe to Shure Notes. Get answers to your burning audio questions.
Do you have an audio issue that's driving you nuts? Are you wondering which mic, wireless system, headphone, or phono cartridge is best for you? You're not alone.
Shure Notes email subscribers are a curious and creative bunch. If you join their ranks, then every month, in our digest of audio how-to tips, product info, artist news, and events listings, you'll see the latest subscriber question followed by the answer from one of our expert support engineers. Plus, you'll get the chance to ask your own question by clicking the "Ask Us" button in the email. We'll pick a question every month and publish it in Shure Notes. A few weeks later, we'll also publish it here on the Shure Blog.
Seeing the answer to our Question of the Month is just one of many reasons to subscribe. Find out more and subscribe here.
Also, we invite you to browse our product support team's FAQs database, filled with thousands of answers to customer questions on every audio topic imaginable.