New Microphones for Vocal/Piano
We've acquired some great new equipment!Martin Buff
At The Piano Studio we are always looking to improve the recording quality we can offer to pianists, vocalists, and ensemble musicians. A big part of this is the equipment we use, and we are pleased to say we've recently expanded our microphone collection!
The biggest new acquisition for the studio has been a pair of Mojave MA-200 tube microphones. Based on the Neumann U47 (with a K67 capsule) these large diaphragm condenser microphones were designed by David Royer in 2001. We've been testing them on the pianos and on a few vocalists we've had in the studio recently. They add a beautiful richness and soften any sibilance on vocals, perfect for a warm jazz color. We also like the way they sound up close on the piano - filling out the mid-range wonderfully.
Another recent acquisition has been a set of three AKG 414's. An all around versatile microphone, we've primarily been using these as room (far distance) microphones on the piano. This captures some of the natural acoustic reverb of our beautiful space. We also sometimes use them as backup vocal microphones.
Lastly, we are currently testing out a Pearl MS 8CL microphone above the piano. With its integrated mid/side capsule, it allows us to add some rich depth to our standard piano setup and gives us control over the width of the stereo signal.
Be sure to check out our full Equipment List!