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5 years ago
1) You need to capture very low and very high notes (Piano has wider range than majority of instruments, look for wide frequency response); don't turn on band pass filters.
2) You need flat frequency response (For Grand Piano, you paid a lot for a certain sound, you don't want to color that sound).
3) You want a pre-amp that wont change the tone (no warm/soft/vintage... sounds, just clear gain).
4) The recommended Mic will depend on your budget (for example, AT4040 is OK for $300 budget, AKG414 if $1000 budget...).
5) Use more than one Mic (to even out distance to different strings).
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