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Recording piano at home
Author: Didier Brest
Date: 09/10/2007
Hello,

Since several years, I record myself at piano for improving my playing. I play clasical music, my piano is a Steingraeber 205 standing in a 4.5 m x 10 m x 2.7 m room with decent, despite non ideal, acoustic. Recording on its own has become of great interest to me. My initial equipment was composed of a pair of AKG C3000 B and a Behringer mixing console. My current preferred configuration -it is changing often...- is a pair of DPA 4060 (miniature omni) and a DAV Electronics BG1. Meanwhile I have got some other microphone pairs : Rode NT5, Oktava MK-012 (omni, cardio and hyper caps), Avenson Sto-2, Audio Technica 4047. I have also a single AKG 414.
I wonder which Neumann microphone pair I should choice to achieve a qualitative step. (And to touch the distintive Neumann sound ?)
I identified two families :

TLM 193 / 170 or U 89. I understood that these microphones should have close sounds in cardioid directivity, rather on the neutral and transparent side. Is that true ?

TLM 50 / M 50 : what difference from the tube electronics in the sound of the M 50 with respect to the TLM 50 ?

Should I condider also the M 49 ?

I know than a KM configuration (e.g. 183 or 184) might be the more reasonable solution. It is undoubtedly the less expensive. But I am afraid that the qualitative difference with respect to the sound that I can achieve now could be small. Am I wrong ?

So, finally, what would be the best choice ?

An example of a take that I did with a pair of Audio Technica 4047 set close to the piano rib:
http://pianosociety.com/cms/index.php?se ction=102
This is Beethoven page of pianosociety. Then clic on sonatas at the bottom end, then clic below Sonata no. 14 on Adagio sostenuto where my name is beside.

Thank you in anticipation for your help.

Didier  
 
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