Upright Piano Production Help Sheet

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Recording an Upright Piano

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Recording & Mixing


Recording Information

Recording Level: Control and monitor levels high but between -12db to -4db avoiding any clipping.
Mic Used: Rode NT5’s (Stereo Pair)
Mic Type: Large diaphragm condenser Microphones
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Mic Placement: A stereo pair of microphones placed in the top of the piano, one covering the lower keys and one covering the higher keys pointing in-wards towards the centre of the pianos keys.
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Mic Position and Capture:

recording and mixing an upright piano
[/one_half_last] [stylebox] Considerations: Make sure the piano is in tune and that all other instruments are tuned to the piano if it is slightly out of tune this will cause problems later.
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Mixing an Upright Piano


Insert Effects

compression recipes
Upright Piano compression starting point
Threshold: adjust for 3 to 6dB gain reduction
Ratio: 2:1
Knee: Soft
Attack: 17ms to 20ms
Release:75ms to 150ms
Make up gain:+5db to +10db

Upright piano compression settings

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EQ recipes
Upright Piano EQ Starting point:
Band 1: 200Hz high pass
Band 2: -6dB at 3.0khz (Q=1.4)
Band 3:+2db at 6.0kHz (Q=1.0)Upright piano EQ settings
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Send FX

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Upright piano levels and panning


[/one_sixth_last] [stylebox color=”blue”] Panning:
Will usually depend on where the rhythm guitar is panned. If the guitar is panned Left 50 (L50) then your piano should probably be panned Right 50 (R50).Both piano microphones should be panned to roughly the same position.
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