Interview with Kemeul
When I put on the headphones and heard this PianoMic, I said, ‘Whoa!’ The sound was absolutely amazing. This was an eye opening experience for me. I wanted to see these mics, so I opened the lid of the piano since I couldn’t believe what I was hearing in the headphones. Usually when the piano’s lid is closed the sound the microphones pick up is horrible, as the piano sounds muffled. Even though the piano lid was closed, it sounded like it was completely open. I then tried playing with the piano lid at half-stick, and then with the lid fully open. The sound was incredible.
“When playing a full chromatic scale from the lowest to the highest notes, every note was reproduced at exactly the same level. When using other microphones, usually the notes get louder as they get closer to the microphone and softer as the notes are further away. I would always have to tell the sound engineer to make these notes or frequencies softer, or other notes louder in an effort to get the same level out of every note. With the Earthworks PianoMic this is not an issue. All I have to do is put it inside the piano and play with no need to EQ it’
After the concert, Arturo looked and said I needed to bring that PianoMic for every performance. For the very first time I was able to play with the piano lid closed, without sacrificing the quality of my piano sound, and the sounds from the bass and drums were not being picked up inside of the piano. This allowed the sound engineer to receive crystal clear sound of the piano in the house. The Earthworks PianoMic sounded incredible even with the piano lid closed.
We always had to do a significant amount of EQ on the piano microphones. But with the Earthworks PianoMic we hardly ever have to do any EQ on the piano. Every place I perform there are always different makes of pianos. But no matter what the piano is, I just get there, put the PianoMic inside, and we are ready to go.
I told the sound engineer that I would like to use my piano microphone. The conventional microphones that were in the piano had the gain set very high. So, I placed the PianoMic bar inside the piano and connected the cables, and the piano started to feedback, so they had to reduce the gain. Then the piano sounded really amazing and was still loud in the house. The sound engineer came to me and said that this piano sound is unbelievable. After the concert he came to me and said, ‘Man I need to buy this piano microphone!’.
You can move the microphones and put them in different places inside the piano, so the microphones do not only have to be in one place. You can actually move the goosenecks or move the bar a little forward or a little behind the dampers. This allows you to experiment to see what works best for the kind of music you are playing.
This is the first time I have found a microphone that can be used with the piano lid closed, and it sounds amazing. You can hear the strings ringing and get a really good sound quality from the piano.