The first composition, earlier referred to as Composition 1, which should have been titled the Lady with the back, but soon after got the name, That Duck Just Made A Quack”, has now appropriately been called “The End of It”, probably because of it’s position as the first composition, and me starting writing about my compositions (irony).
I’m just writing a short update to the first blog post about composition 1
to make an update on the current mic situation and the process of recording it.
So far I have tried a cardioid condenser microphone with the Steinberg CI 1 interface and using Tracktion – that sounded bad.
I tried the pair of Shure SM57’s in XY position (dynamic condenser microphones) still using Tracktion – I didn’t like it! Also tried the Spaced Pair setup with those microphones – still didn’t like it.
I went back and tested out the SM57’s using my new Steinberg UR-RT2 interface and Cubase – I still didn’t like it!
Then I went back and tried the spaced pair setup you can see in the picture below, and I personally really like this setup.
This recording is without any mixing (both mics have the same gain), and without any post processing. The file is an mp3 with a 320k bit rate. I will look into post processing at some point, but first I should probably get a better piano (that is in tune).
Un an unrelated note, my mother has ordered me a Shure KSM32 microphone, which I’m looking extremely much forward too! It’s going to be interesting to hear the difference between the cheap AT2020’s and this microphone ?. She’s the best mother, and I’m willing to compete with you, just send me a story of what your mom has done, and mine can top it!
I’m also looking for a new grand piano that can be tuned, has all it’s strings, and sounds a bit better.