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Offline voltronic

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Re: Retired taper looking for mics.
« Reply #15 on: June 09, 2017, 09:07:35 PM »
None of us have asked where the grand piano recording is happening.  If it's going to be in a concert hall with good acoustics, then yes the CM3s will work nice, but a pair of omnis is going to be better as long as you can properly place them.  Omnis are always my favorite sound for grand piano.  Don't use them if recording inside a home, though.

You could almost stay within the $700 budget and get a pair of CM3s and also a pair of OM1 omnis.  I haven't seen any OM1 samples on this board, but head over to the Gearslutz threads for that (again, linked through Team Line Audio).

Mostly in home. Recitals are usually recorded by someone else.

Then don't bother with the omnis.  The CM3 should work OK, as long as it's a fairly close placement.  I typically don't like that for piano in a hall, but in a home studio you really want to minimize the sound of the room in most cases (unless you live in a mansion or a medieval castle).

I've also talked to several people who recommend a spaced pair of fig 8 mics recommended for home piano recording, since the side walls, ceiling, and floor will all be in a null for the mics.  You only have to make sure the wall facing the piano isn't too reflective.
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Re: Retired taper looking for mics.
« Reply #16 on: June 20, 2017, 03:47:04 PM »
There's no shortage of budget mic recommendations out there, but let me throw in my 2 cents. I have a pair of Beyerdynamic MC930s that sound excellent for about $700/pr. I also have line Audio CM3's, but IMO they are not quite as good as the MC930s. It's hard to beat Audio-Technica. I have a pair of AT4021's that really were an excellent bang for the buck, they were highly reccommended by Mike Jasper in his big-a** mic shootout a number of years back. I ended up selling them to finance other gear purchases, but wish I had kept them. An even better value then the AT 4021 is the AT4041, you can find them for $500/pair. They have a smooth frequency response, almost as good as Shure SM81's for overheads and guitar mic'ing, they would be a good budget choice for grand piano. Oktava MK-012 is a well regarded mic, I have seen tapers swear by those. For a budget of $700/pair, I'd go with the MC930s. As usual, YMMV, pick one and go with it. A lot of taping is how you use the tools you have, not what tools you have.

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