Marik, I guess its official; you and I are talking again!
Let's get one thing straight right away: Is it actually you playing the 4th Ballade, or someone else? I can't imagine a recording engineer being able to play like that?
First, I never actually stopped talking to you. Indeed, we had a brief argument, but I see it rather as a miscommunication... as if we were just talking different languages, but that's OK.
Second (re: 4th Ballade), if you have any doubts that this is my recording then you can also listen to my recording of Feinberg 6th Sonata, which was a part of my DMA thesis (yes, in piano performance), and got some important fundings to get completed.
You can also PM with your email and I can send you a copy of my Diploma along with addresses rather famous people who can confirm that this is still me.
But I understand you, as in recording and electronics engineering world I always get exactly the same reaction (only with vc. vs. activities)
In principle, there are four ways of recording piano in a room:
A-B with omni microphones (Jecklin disk would be an excellent addition),
Blumlein with ribbons, and
MS (if you are a tech geek and omnies or ribbons do not work in your environment).
Each of them has cons and pros. Generally, the most natural sound will give you omnies and ribbons in Blumlein. The MS is very good if you have problematic room, as it gives you a lot more freedom in tweaking.
Marik, could you illuminate this jargon a bit? I have no idea what you're talking about (A-B, ORTF [makes me think of ORIF= Open-reduction, internal fixation: for fractures], etc.)
As they say, Google is your friend
. But seriously, one cannot start recording before go through it:http://www.dpamicrophones.com/en/Mic-Un ... iques.aspx
Also, check NOS and DIN and then get back with questions.
I have a PC laptop (HP Pavilion dv6768se) and that is unchangeable. I'm trying to keep this to <$1500. Don't laugh.
No need to laugh, I believe, this is a good budget for quality equipment in your environment. as always, the quality can be only as good as the weakest link and we are not talking about commercial recordings made in a beautiful, professionally designed concert hall on a beautiful Steinway D, with a tuner from Steinway factory staying by for the entire recording. So there is no need for overkill.
In your situation for the recorder, my suggestion would go for Korg MR1000 (street price around $900), for the microphones Studio Projects C4 with two sets of capsules. Those I'd get second hand (some $250 for a pair) and look for the first version (without switches)--they often appear on ebay. With those you will very quickly figure out the concept, whether you need omni capsules, or cardioids (or even use either set for different repertoire, or required atmosphere/ambience, etc.). Sooner or later you will outgrow them, but won't lose money selling them back (those are always in demand). By that time you will be already recording like a real pro and know exactly what to look for.
The rest will go for cables (I'd take Canare or Litz--don't take cheap stuff), stereo bar, microphone stand, good quality headphones (I work on AKG K240 60 Ohm version, but really depends on what you are used to) and some connectors to hook the recorder to your system to enjoy what you just have recorded.
If you are lucky, you might still have some $$$ left for a bottle of good wine, cognac, or Scotch, whichever you prefer.
I have no recordings made with this piano in this room (but hope to in another month). Below are several photos to give a lay of the land (including a couple interesting (I think) details. Your counsel on this matter is very much appreciated.
It is actually not bad at all!--much better than most of the places. Your main enemy is parallel surfaces. You might want to experiment with curtains over the glass entrance door (if it is an option), but the entire wall with the books (hard to see on the picture, but I assume there is no glass in front of the book on the shelves) is the perfect wave reflector. The window is good. If you hear some Zzzzzz, then most likely this is the shutters, so experiment with those.
Something tells me the set of omnies might work nicely...
Please let me know about all inevitable questions.