Audio Samples: Piano

Hear comparative recordings of Earthworks microphones on piano.

PianoMic™ at Full Stick, Half Stick and Lid Closed

The Earthworks PianoMic will provide outstanding sound quality with a piano lid at full stick (completely open), half stick and with the lid fully closed. This series of recordings is of a piano recorded with an Earthworks PianoMic, with the piano lid at full stick, half stick and fully closed.

1st – Earthworks PianoMic recorded at full stick

2nd – Earthworks PianoMic recorded at half stick

3rd – Earthworks PianoMic recorded with lid closed

(there is a short blank space between each recorded segment)

Comparative Recording

PianoMic recorded at Full Stick, Half Stick and Lid Closed   |   download wav

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Individual Recorded Segments

Earthworks PianoMic at full stick   |   download wav

Earthworks PianoMic at half stick   |   download wav

Earthworks PianoMic with lid fully closed   |   download wav

Comparative PianoMic™ at Full Stick

The Earthworks PianoMic will provide outstanding sound quality with a piano lid at full stick (completely open), half stick and with the lid fully closed. This series of comparative recordings is of a piano with the lid fully open, and each recorded with pairs of following microphones.

1st – Earthworks PianoMic omnis at full stick

2nd – AKG C-414 cardioids at full stick

3rd – Audix SCX-25 cardioids at full stick

4th – dpa-4011 cardioids at full stick

5th – B&K 4007 omnis at full stick

6th – dpa SMK-4061 omnis at full stick

7th – Earthworks PianoMic omnis at full stick

(there is a short blank space between each recorded segment)

Comparative Recording

Comparative Piano Recordings With Lid Open   |   download wav

Individual Recorded Segments

Earthworks PianoMic omnis at full stick   |   download wav

AKG C414 cardioids at full stick   |   download wav

Audix SCX25 cardioids at full stick   |   download wav

DPA 4011 cardioids at full stick   |   download wav

B&K 4007 omnis at full stick   |   download wav

DPA SMK 4061 omni microphone system at full stick   |   download wav

Earthworks PianoMic omnis at full stick   |   download wav

Comparative PianoMic™ Recordings at Half Stick

The Earthworks PianoMic will provide outstanding sound quality with a piano lid at full stick (completely open), half stick and with the lid fully closed. This series of comparative recordings is of a piano with the lid at half stick, and each recorded with pairs of following microphones.

1st – Earthworks PianoMic omnis at half stick

2nd – AKG C-414 cardioids at half stick

3rd – Audix SCX-25 cardioids at half stick

4th – dpa-4011 cardioids at half stick

5th – B&K 4007 omnis at half stick

6th – dpa SMK-4061 omnis at half stick

7th – Earthworks PianoMic omnis at half stick

(there is a short blank space between each recorded segment)

Comparative Recording

Comparative Piano Recordings at Half Stick   |   download wav

Individual Recorded Segments

Earthworks PianoMic omnis at half stick   |   download wav

AKG C414 cardioids at half stick   |   download wav

Audix SCX25 cardioids at half stick   |   download wav

DPA 4011 cardioids at half stick   |   download wav

B&K 4007 omnis at half stick   |   download wav

DPA SMK 4061 omnis at half stick   |   download wav

Earthworks PianoMic omnis at half stick   |   download wav

PianoMic™ Comparative PianoMic™ Recordings with Lid Closed

The Earthworks PianoMic will provide outstanding sound quality with a piano lid at full stick (completely open), half stick and with the lid fully closed. This series of comparative recordings is of a piano with the lid fully closed, and each recorded with pairs of following microphones.

1st – AKG C-414 cardioids with piano lid closed

2nd – Audix SCX-25 cardioids with piano lid closed

3rd – dpa-4011 cardioids at half stick with piano lid closed

4th – Earthworks PianoMic omnis with piano lid closed

(there is a short blank space between each recorded segment)

Comparative Recording

Comparative Piano Recordings With Lid Closed   |   download wav

Individual Recorded Segments

AKG C414 cardioids with lid closed   |   download wav

Audix SCX25 cardioids with lid closed   |   download wav

DPA SMK 4061 omnis with lid closed   |   download wav

Earthworks PianoMic omnis with piano lid closed   |   download wav

PianoMic™ Comparative Recordings with Full Chromatic Scale

One of the greatest difficulties in piano miking, is to pick up all the notes of a piano at the same level. Typically, if certain strings are close to the microphone, they will be louder than the notes above or below (to the left or right of the microphone) and be at a lesser level. When miking a piano, achieving uniformity in sound level of all piano notes is normally difficult to impossible. Listen to the following recordings of a full piano chromatic scale (from the highest note to the lowest note) and notice the uniformity of sound level from note to note.

1st – AKG C-414 cardioids

2nd – Neumann TLM 170 cardioids

3rd – dpa 4006 omnis

4th – Earthworks PianoMic omnis

(there is a short blank space between each recorded segment)

Comparative Recording

Comparative Piano Recordings With Full Chromatic Scale   |   download wav

Individual Recorded Segments

AKG C414 cardioids with full chromatic scale   |   download wav

Neumann TLM 170 cardioids with full chromatic scale   |   download wav

DPA SMK 4006 omnis with full chromatic scale   |   download wav

Earthworks PianoMic omnis with full chromatic scale   |   download wav

PianoMic™ Compared to Piano Pickups

Various types of piano pickups are sometimes used in an effort to reduce acoustic feedback and sounds of other instruments from outside the piano during recording or live performances. These pickups are either contact microphones mounted to the piano soundboard, or magnetic pickups (similar to guitar pickups) mounted above the piano strings. You can now hear these two types of piano pickups in comparison to the Earthworks PianoMic.

1st – Helpinstill 120 magnetic piano pickup

2nd – Barcus Berry 4000 piano contact microphone

3rd – Earthworks PianoMic with piano lid fully closed

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Comparative Recording

Piano Pickups compared to Earthworks PianoMic   |   download wav

Individual Recorded Segments

Helpinstill 120 piano pickup   |   download wav

Barcus Berry 4000 contact microphone   |   download wav

Earthworks PianoMic   |   download wav

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