Piano Micing Techniques with Andrew Scheps

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There are many different approaches to recording a piano. With so many options, it’s difficult to know where to start.

In this exclusive, Grammy Award Winning Engineer, Andrew Scheps, shows you how he approaches micing a grand piano. Andrew shows you multiple techniques that cover a wide variety of genres using different combinations of close and distant microphones, spaced pairs and cleverly placed mono microphones.

Learn how to:

  • Choose the appropriate microphone for the job
  • Thicken a track by adding mono microphones to spaced pairs
  • Accurately capture the tone of the instrument
  • Make a grand piano sound more like an upright
Equipment & Software
  • AKG C12A
  • Electro-Voice RE20
  • Mojave MA-200
  • Neumann U67
  • Neve 8068
  • RCA KU3
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    Andrew Scheps

    Andrew Scheps is a music producer, mixing engineer and record label owner based in the United Kingdom. He has received Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album for his work on Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stadium Arcadium, Album Of The Year for Adele's 21, and also Best Reggae Album for Ziggy Marley's Fly Rasta.

    Andrew started as a musician, but found that what he enjoyed most was working behind the scenes. This led him to study recording at the University of Miami. After graduating, he spent some time working for Synclavier, and then on the road with Stevie Wonder (as a keyboard tech) and Michael Jackson (mixing live sound). But he found his home in the studio, and he honed his craft working for producers such as Rob Cavallo, Don Was and Rick Rubin.

    Andrew collaborated with Waves in order to create his own line of plug-ins which include the Scheps 73 EQ and the Scheps Parallel Particles.

    Andrew is one of the best known mixing engineers in the world, well-known for his Rear Bus mixing techniques that he developed working on his 64 input Neve 8068 console and his love for distortion of any kind. If you are watching pureMix videos you will see that he managed to carry his analog sound signature over to a fully portable digital rig. These days, Andrew mixes completely In The Box as it allows him much greater flexibility and the ability to work on several project simultaneously.



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    2022 Jul 19
    The KU3 and 67 are distorting...
    2021 Feb 01
    Great Video! I could get very good results with KM 184 instead of C12 in the same position on my 100 years old Ebach Piano. Much better than any sampled piano. Thank you Roland
    2019 Dec 22
    Estupenda información. Por favor, subtítulos en castellano. Gracias
    2019 Oct 10
    A great tip I use for reducing click bleed is placing a low pass filter on it so the player feels it more than they hear it
    2019 Mar 20
    Fantastic demonstration. Such great sound and all done so simply once you know what to do. And wow on the KU3's .. just wow. C12A's sounded great too especially on the Satie piece.
    2019 Jan 31
    Liked the demonstration. Would have been cool to have the recordings of these mics and placements available for download, for more close listening.
    2018 Jul 15
    mute the click at the last chord .... i love you Andy :)
    2018 Apr 23
    Another super interesting video, thanks! Hearing distortion on the louder stuff. Left channel of the RCAs and the 67 in particular. What's going on there?
    2018 Apr 06
    Any recommendations for positioning if you had to use SDC mics?
    2018 Apr 04
    Just great!! Thank You Fab and Andrew:)
    2018 Apr 04
    Thanks for the great video! A lot of great information! Below is a link to a piano recording with an AEA R88.