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#3158473 09/21/21 05:32 PM
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Hi

With solo piano is there an assumed certain frequency range that classical recordings can be tweaked to enhance for more body and clarity. This is not concerning EQ presents, but rather about finely tweaking an area in the EQ spectrum that would make the piano sound better. Is there a common area for this? Maybe low mids for example.



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Originally Posted by DigitalMusicProduc
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With solo piano is there an assumed certain frequency range that classical recordings can be tweaked to enhance for more body and clarity. This is not concerning EQ presents, but rather about finely tweaking an area in the EQ spectrum that would make the piano sound better. Is there a common area for this? Maybe low mids for example.


The short answer is no and the long answer is also no.

Typically with solo piano the different mic pairs are mixed to your master level meter and never eq’d.

Are you combining the various mic perspectives?

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The longer answer is multiple yeses. But different frequency ranges for different effects.

I have a Yamaha CP4 which has a five-band EQ on the front panel. I use this feature often when playing live. Adjust each slider to taste.

Low bass: use this to adjust the bass response. Even large concert grands have relatively little audio power below 60Hz. This level depends a lot on the room, speaker position and your speakers themselves. Don’t overdo this. When I play with an upright bass I drop the lows drastically. You can still hear all the bottom keys clearly, but the thinner tone doesn’t interfere with the upright bass as much. Of course you might want more low bass if you’re trying to cover for a bass with your piano. Too much = boomy left hand. Too little = anemic left hand.

The low-mids (150Hz or so) can adjust left hand tone, think ‘body or ‘warmth’. Especially important to make left hand chords sound full but not muddy. Plus or minus 3dB will make an enormous difference. Too much = muddy. Too little = cold/thin.

Mids: I don’t use often. Try it for yourself.

Upper-mids (4-7kHz) I use to dull or brighten the piano tone. This depends a lot on the setting. For an intimate sound lower this level. For louder venues, or for more extroverted music raise the brightness.

Highs: I don’t use this either. Great concert pianos don’t have much volume in the upper frequencies. Again, listen for yourself.

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Thanks PianoMan and emenelton, very helpful information.



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Originally Posted by DigitalMusicProduc
Thanks PianoMan and emenelton, very helpful information.

It would be nice to know a little bit more about the recording and what you're mixing

TBH my response was; 'don't do it'.

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FWIW, Phil Best gives an explanation of the post-processing he uses on recordings (no reason for it to be specific to Pianoteq).
Start at about 1:50 into each of the videos.




Here:
starting at about 1:50.

And with slightly different plugins here also starting at about 1:50:


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