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- Jan 2015
Hi Jeff. The world of DAW is real fun, especially when you play instruments, have music knowledge and most of all have ideas. It is a whole universe of possibilities.
You did an excellent job with the mic placement although nothing can stop you to do some experiments and place the mics at different positions to see the results. I haven't recorded an upright, but two times was asked to record a grand (for demo) . Both grands , rooms and even the mics were quite different so we could not apply exactly the same standerd rules for both demos.
Plug-ins are used after the recording during the mixing , so you can always keep your original recording "intact", but probably you already know that.
Try to record both mics not just as a pair(stereo) but as 2x-mono and after that you can really play with the pan. When we play piano and especially grand we clearly hear the high notes(keys) coming from our right and the lows from the left. By adjusting the pan we recreate this perception.
But of course nothing has to be overdone and extreme. Trust your ears.
If you like you may add a bit of reverb and a bit of EQ .....and again TRY NOT to overdo and never use extreme settings.Using compression on a piano is not a good idea unless you are looking for some special result....
WIth two words -Neverending story.
Thanks for this Kolev! This is so informative!
I will try to record next time with 2 mics set as mono on Ableton.
After that, how do I set the panning of the audio to create the sense of stereo?
You are right, there are so many possibilities!