My Audio Engineering Course students and I were working on a cover version of ‘Nine Inch Nails – Every Day Is Exactly The Same’ and the song opens with a lovely piano introduction which we wanted to capture in all its beauty, the idea I had was to record that in a church.
Thankfully the lovely people at Sacred Trinity Church were kind enough to let us use the piano they have at the church and even closed the place down for a few hours so no one could interrupt the session.
The idea was to show the Audio Engineering Class how to capture high-quality sound using a portable rig that doesn’t take much space and is easy to take with you when on the go. For the session, we used a laptop running Pro Tools 2018.5 connected to a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 which provided all the ins and outs we needed for the session.
We have experimented with different stereo micing techniques which included an XY, A/B spaced pair, and a Mid/Side. In the end, we went with the A/B and included two Audio Technica AT2050 microphones in an omnidirectional polar pattern as room mics, placed at different distances from the piano to capture a natural short and long-time reverbs. For playback, we all had to be on headphones because there is no isolated room to serve as a control room.
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