This is the 1905 Bechstein in my studio being put to work over the next few days. I am setting up for four mics. Firstly a Rode stereo pair placed inside the lid, close up to the strings for a detailed, clear and pure sound. And secondly two condenser mics in omni mode, a little way out from the instrument but in the firing line of the reflected sound from the lid, which on a grand piano acts in the same way as a speaker – projecting the sound out to the front. The second pair should capture a more rounded ‘room’ sound.
When I mix and master I will listen to the recordings from both sets of microphones and maybe blend the two together with a little reverb and eq.
I also have some stands set up for cameras to record video and stills from the sessions.
The piano tuner is coming in tomorrow and recording will begin in earnest shortly after. For now there is just a bit more practice to be done.
Hopefully you will be able to hear (and see) the results of this process soon.