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Hello dear friends,

I need to make a home recording and I don't want to buy new hardware. I just want to know the optimal setting with what I have.
I need to record a few classical pieces on my baby grand in my living room (no carpet). The mic I have is the one in my $70 webcam. Obviously, this is not for a professional recording, but I want the best sound I can get with these limited resources. Also, I don't care what image is captured, I just want to record the audio.
With that being said, which setting would you recommend in terms of
1. Mic placement?
2. Whether the lid of the piano should be open of closed?
3. Other parameters that I didn't think of?

Or maybe these things won't even matter because of the cheap equipment?

Many thanks in advance for your help!


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Edit: I can also record with my phone. Thanks!


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The phone will probably be better. One thing to look out for is automatic gain control - that's when the hardware/software adjusts the volume automatically - it makes it sound as if you are playing with no dynamics. Try to find a recording app for your phone that doesn't do this or has the ability to turn that off. Then experiment with the placement of the phone until you can get the best recording.

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Originally Posted by Sam S
The phone will probably be better. One thing to look out for is automatic gain control - that's when the hardware/software adjusts the volume automatically - it makes it sound as if you are playing with no dynamics. Try to find a recording app for your phone that doesn't do this or has the ability to turn that off. Then experiment with the placement of the phone until you can get the best recording.

Sam

Thanks Sam! Yes I definitely want to disable the automatic gain control.
Do you have any preference in terms of mic placement?


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The closer the microphone, the more you will hear action noises. Setting the phone on the piano is probably not a good idea for that reason - you will pick up all sorts of sounds. So put the phone a few feet away, pointing at the strings, lid up. But you will need to experiment to find the best spot for your room and piano.

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1. Mic placement?

Generally classical music is recorded with distant miking.
Put your mic about 6 ft away from the curve of the piano.
Direct the mic to the imaginary line passing through the half angle between the strings and the open lid.

2. Whether the lid of the piano should be open of closed?

Always record with the lid on full stick.

3. Other parameters that I didn't think of?

A recording sounds good if the piano sounds good too. Have your piano tuned before recording.

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Thank you, friends. I know what to do now!


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