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Best Recording For Piano ???
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Hi

I'm sure it's varied and all about personal choice, but when attempting to produce a solo piano album for disc retail using a VI such as the CFX Concert grand, what would be some of the usual or common settings applied to the piano?

What would a sound engineer recommend in post production? should Compression or a Limiter be added? What's the industry standard for a reverb environment?

In my case the genre of music for the album would be soundtracks.

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Never mind, thanks anyway.



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Most people on here quite rightly are pianists and students of the piano - My guess would be to look at music production and recording forums rather than here for this one. In mu experience most studio's do a DI and Acoustic track for most instruments and then sort the blend in post.

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There may be some members here with good insights into this, but yes, dedicated recording forums are probably the best bet for sound advice. I'm a bit hesitant to give advice for professional recording, home recording for hobby is another matter.

Still, I would say it's never a bad idea just to try out some combinations of settings and use your ears to judge what sounds good, and what doesn't sound as good. Use quality studio headphones or high quality speakers/monitors for listening to the recordings afterwards.

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i'd post this on Gearslutz.com.

A general comment:

. . . It's easy to _add_ "effects" (reverb, compression, etc) after the piano is recorded.

. . . It's difficult-to-impossible to _remove_ effects (room resonance, etc) from a recording that's already been made.

So -- in the interests of keeping the audio engineer happy -- you might do best to record the piano with _no processing whatsoever_:

. . . flat EQ;
. . . no compression / limiting / reverb (acoustic or electronic).
. . . no "gain riding" -- so use 24-bit or higher resolution.

If the engineer/producer doesn't like the sound, he'll be able to fix it.


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Well, why not just save the MIDI as well? That way you can do whatever you want in post.

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That's a good point. I assumed automatically that the OP recorded as MIDI, and that's why I didn't mention it. The few times I record I almost solely record as MIDI, but quite many people underestimate the benefits of MIDI recording.

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Originally Posted by TheodorN
That's a good point. I assumed automatically that the OP recorded as MIDI, and that's why I didn't mention it. The few times I record I almost solely record as MIDI, but quite many people underestimate the benefits of MIDI recording.

And I assumed the OP was recording only in audio !

A MIDI recording lets the engineer do _anything_, up to and including changing the original piano sound to something else.<g>

So -- if the keyboard permits it --sending both an audio and MIDI recording would be a good idea.


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The album will be recorded using Garritans CFX Concert Grand inside Logic Pro, as mentioned in the original post i just wanted some input on what piano settings would be best recommended, so far you've all been very helpful.

Listening to many professional recordings is what I'm doing to provide a greater understanding of what needs to be done to replicate the sound, my main concern is the sound environment, choosing the correct reverb.



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