I use a variety of microphones depending on my needs at the time. Among my favorites are:
- Royer SF12 ribbon mic (use about 10-12" above hammers or as a room mic several feet back)
- AKG 414 TLII large diaphragm condenser mics (spaced pair approx. 10" above strings in "omni")
- Shure KSM141 small diaphragm condensers (spaced pair in "omni" or XY in cardioid slightly outside the curve of the piano)
- I'm looking at trying the Gefell 930's, though I haven't yet.
I use a variety of mic pres -- again depending on the sound I'm looking for. My "go-to" preamps would be (in no particular order):
Great River MP2NV
Buzz Audio MA2.2
Everything is recorded with no compression or EQ through an Apogee AD16X converter and monitored back through the DA16X.
The Apogees connect to the computer through a Lynx AES16 card.
I just upgraded my computer this week. I now use a Macintosh dual 2.7 GHz G5 (which just replaced a dual 1.25 GHz G4) running Digital Performer 4.5.
I monitor through KRK V8's, my powered ADAM's, and Sony MDR7506 phones.
Am I happy with the results? Usually...but I'm always looking to improve.
Obviously this system is overkill for a lot of people. But I thought I'd post it for those who might be interested.
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