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#3034148 10/10/20 01:33 PM
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Hey all!

I’m wanting to start recording my piano practices so I can learn and develop.

I’m wondering if anybody has a camera they use that they could recommend?

Thank you for your time!

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Camera? Any smartphone on a photo tripod will do. What's way more important is how you sound. I have a pair of Rode NT5s and a Behringer UMC204HD interface, which gives great results for the price but you need a bit of work with software if you want to make videos. If you want a simpler solution I think Zoom recorders are popular around here.

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Originally Posted by Qazsedcft
. . . If you want a simpler solution I think Zoom recorders are popular around here.

+1.

There are several questions to answer:

a) What is your budget ?

b) Do you want video recordings, or just audio ?

c) What equipment (audio, computer, smartphone) do you already have ?

d) How important is good audio (and video) quality to you ?

There's a wide range of possible answers, and it's nice to narrow them down early.


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Have you looked for old "recording" threads here? It comes up a lot, and any suggestions from the past two or three years should still be usable.

You have an acoustic piano, yes? Advice for digital pianos is quite different.


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Just use your phone smile

I even run a YouTube channel with my old iPhone 6s and a USB microphone (Blue Snowball ICE) and it is not that bad to start with.
Of course, the lighting is crucial but it can be done with a lamp well positioned.

My advice is to keep it simple. Make it so easy to setup that you can do it in a few second and focus on the important part: your practice.

By the way, that's a very good idea to record yourself. Funnily I made a video, a post and a podcast episode on that wink


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I 2nd or 3rd, the phone idea. One might make sure there's a big enough memory chip.
The idea is, the quality is good enough. When the content is either great or poor, all the recording gear in the world can't improve it. The same way the good stuff cuts through no matter how poor the recording.

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Thank you all for the advice. I’ve decided to get a smart phone tripod!

I’m just thinking of some Christmas ideas for myself as a beginner adult pianist.

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Originally Posted by Balcon
I’m just thinking of some Christmas ideas for myself as a beginner adult pianist.

buy an iphone 12 while you're at it grin

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Originally Posted by Balcon
Thank you all for the advice. I’ve decided to get a smart phone tripod!

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That's a good start!

A lot of these "what to buy?" decisions are driven by incremental improvements, or successive approximation -- buying stuff until you say:

. . . "OK, what I have is good enough, I don't have to spend more money"

There's nothing wrong with that.


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