I have an HP-307 piano and continue to fumble around when it comes to audio recording, so am hopeful for tips to make the best audio recording that pre-sequestration will allow.
I've uploaded a recent recording to Google Docs to give you an idea of the sound: Piano Sample on Google Docs
The MP3 above sounds tinny and crappy on my laptop speakers (that's expected I guess), and much better albeit "muddy" on my AKG K240 MKII headphones. I also think the overall volume might be too low since I have to jack up the volume.
I'm using the following equipment:
1. HP-307 piano with 12AWG mono patch cables to a Roland Quad-Capture.
2. The Quad-Capture is connected via USB to my Windows 7 laptop where I am running Reaper to capture the audio.
3. I play the loudest section of the piece and have the Quad-Capture set the levels (like -24.0 as I recall on left/right). I have Quad-Capture set to a peak of -3.0 when it calculates the auto-levels.
4. Then I play the piece and capture the audio in Reaper and then export it as MP3.
5. Open the MP3 in Audacity and then "Normalize" to -1.0, and then Export as MP3 (Lame Encoder) using the "Insane" preset which is 320kbps with CBR (constant bit rate).
6. Upload the Audacity MP3 to Google Docs.
7. Seek assistance from Piano World before sequestration hits.
Is there anything I can do to improve the sound? I would like it to sound "cleaner" if that makes any sense; louder? clearer? But to also maintain its fullness (which I do get on the AKG headphones).
The Quad-Capture has a built-in Compressor, but not sure I should mess with that (it is disabled). Also Reaper has Compressors, Limiters, Equalizer, etc, but that stuff goes over my head, so I'm not sure if these would help.
Thanks for any tips or suggestions.