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.

    Scheps is known for his balanced and modern sounding mixes. He is also the owner and president of Tonequake Records



    Lana Del Rey

    Red Hot Chili Peppers


    Michael Jackson

    Green Day

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    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.