Just got a chance to fire up the 7CG piano library this past weekend on a scratch recording of the 1st piece of a long overdue project. Which has so much pedal and resonance manipulation, I wasn't sure a sample library could deal with it. It certainly does a good job of exposing the library with a wide range of tempos and dynamics. Anyway, here's the recording:
As usual, its my wife Sue playing. The composition happens to be by the artist who was my wife's first non-classical influence. But oddly enough, she had no recollection of this particular piece till I brought it to her attention.
I finally got around to taking a crack at recording the above piece using my 7-foot grand. Makes for an interesting comparison. The 7CG has some obvious differences in dynamic range. And what a difference that extra 2 feet makes in some of the bass notes. I did this recording using a mid-side array at a distance of 18 inches. It consists of a u87 in figure-8 for the side with an Earthworks qtc40k mid using my Tascam fw1884 as mic pre and converter and Sonar bussing for decoding:
When posting links to large MP3 files, have you considered adding links to M3U (Pseudo-streaming link files) instead so people can listen while downloading? Probably be easier on your bandwidth and people who just want to take a quick listen can do so without waiting.
Thanks for the suggestion, Ernie. Maybe I'm doing it wrong but I tried renaming it with an m3u extention but that didn't seem to work. Maybe because I don't have a media server. Just a plain vanilla web server. Perhaps it needs a special mime-type? It's currently using the default audio/x-mpegurl for m3u.
With an mp3 extention, however, I can pop the url into Windows Media Player and it starts playing immediately while its buffering. But you're right... if I just click on the url and let either Mozilla or Internet Explorer handle it, they want to fully download the mp3 before handing off to a player.
Sorry for the size of these things (9 megs each) but here's the other one. This one uses a U87 omni mid with an AEA R92 ribbon for the side. I positioned the ribbon so the crisp side pointed to the high end. Also, I used an external preamp this time to avoid putting phantom power on the ribbon. This recording used a True Systems P2 but I didn't use the built in ms decoder... used the daw for decoding same as before.
What I'm up to with these test recordings is trying to decide how to record the piano parts for a project of tunes all by this same author. We're definitely going to model them all with the 7CG... I can't get over how good some of those bass notes sound.
I started with this particular piece because it seemed to have the broadest range of dynamics and tempos. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.