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Synchron pianos' least useful mics
Last post Sat, Dec 05 2020 by PaoloT, 3 replies.
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Posted on Fri, Dec 04 2020 23:33
by PaoloT
Joined on Tue, Dec 27 2016, Posts 1396


I decided to go for the full version of the Bösendorfer Imperial, since it the piano I'm definitely falling in love with. And while I only wanted the tube extra mics, it's nice to have all the other ready for a far future when I will be able to have a more sophisticate listening system.

At the moment, however, I have to decide on the mics to leave out of the installation, because I've no room and want to keep only the absolutely necessary ones. My listening systems is still stereo; maybe will become surround sooner or later; will become 3D in my late old age.

So, RoomMix as the basis, in love for those hard working CPUs. The essential Close 1, Close 2 and Close 3, for the exact, soft and smooth version of closeness. Mid 1, because essential for a classical piano sound. Mid 2, at least temporarily, because I want to try it. The Decca Tree, for space. Surround, because I might want to experiment how to play with that deep halo I've experienced in the RoomMix.

And what about the High Stereo and High Surround mics? Do I need them, if I don't do 3D? Are they even perceivable in a stereo mix?


Posted on Sat, Dec 05 2020 12:59
by buz1984
Joined on Tue, Nov 26 2019, Posts 18

The High mics seem to add a lot of life mixed at a lower level, but I think you're right that Surround is the essential one (I'm always a sucker for DPAs).  Alternatively if you kept Highs you could ditch the RoomMix and not lose any flexibility.  Maybe that wouldn't save enough but it seems like the safest option.

Posted on Sat, Dec 05 2020 13:31
by PaoloT
Joined on Tue, Dec 27 2016, Posts 1396

Thank you, Buz! I fear RoomMix is nearly mandatory, when wanting to practice with reverb. But since I like the Decca Tree mics the most, maybe you are right: I can remove the RoomMix, and when wanting a light room option i can use the Main LR mics.


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