Why Piano Recording Is So Challenging

Piano miking
Previous piano session miking using a matched pair of small-diaphragm condensers

In my last post, I mentioned in passing that I wrote a new piano composition. Well, now I’m getting ready to take it to the studio.  It’s called “Equinox,” and it’s eight minutes long, in the key of Db (also modulating to Ab and Gb/Ebm), has lots of tempo changes, uses nearly the entire keyboard, and requires all three pedals (yes, even the middle one).  Recording it, to say the least, is going to be challenging.

While one might think it would be easy to record one acoustic instrument, personally, I find it much harder to do well.  It’s so much more exposed; you can’t hide your problems.  There’s no covering up bad edits or poor tone-quality by burying it among other tracks.  With this kind of recording, you hear it all––the good and the bad.

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You could say I’ve been busy…

Ok, I know it’s been a little while.   I’ve been extremely busy lately, and there are some exciting things coming up.  Here’s the rundown:

1) I’ve applied to  GRAMMY Camp 

GRAMMY Camp  is a summer music program for high school-aged musicians put on by the GRAMMY foundation.  Yes, the GRAMMY foundation.  It sounds amazing, and I think it would be incredible to get the chance to go and learn as much as I possibly can from GRAMMY-winners and nominees.

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