What Are The Differences Between Synthesizers And Pianos?
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What Are The Differences Between Synthesizers And Pianos?

Musical instruments utilizing a keyboard, like all pianos and many synthesizers, are sometimes a matter of confusion. Whether acoustic or electric, these musical instruments have distinct characteristics and specific applications in music-making. What are the differences between synthesizers and pianos? Pianos are acoustic string/percussion instruments that produce sound by hitting a string with a hammer….

Top 11 Best Acoustic Piano Brands In The World 2024
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Top 11 Best Acoustic Piano Brands In The World 2024

The piano is arguably the most beautiful musical instrument in the world. For centuries, these key-based string/percussion instruments have delighted listeners around the world. There have been countless piano manufacturers throughout the instrument’s rich history, and many of these builders have become go-to brands for professional and casual pianists alike. With so many piano builders…

Best Microphones For Miking Glockenspiel
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Best Microphones For Miking Glockenspiel

The glockenspiel. This seemingly childlike instrument is heard across many genres and is a staple in music production. I like to think of glockenspiels as higher-pitched metal xylophones. The instrument is fun to play (and say), and has a unique, shiny sound that can really stand out in orchestral settings and add value to musical…

Best Microphones For Miking Celesta
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Best Microphones For Miking Celesta

The celesta is a truly beautiful instrument. I like to think of it as a limited range upright piano with metal bars instead of strings. The timbre of the celesta is full and rich with luscious transients. When it comes to either recording or reinforcing the sound of the celesta, it all starts with the…

Best Microphones For Miking Tubular Bells
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Best Microphones For Miking Tubular Bells

The tubular bells (otherwise known as chimes) are an interesting tuned percussion instrument. Initially, the idea of tubular bells was to get a tuned church bell type sound in the music without the need of large belfries in the drum pit. Since then, the tubular bells have been a mainstay in many percussion pits of…

Best Microphones For Miking Timpani
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Best Microphones For Miking Timpani

Timpani (also known as kettledrums) are remarkable percussion instruments. Not only are the tuned drums, but with the simple movement of a pedal, these large drums are effectively and accurately tuned to different pitches. To capture the sound of timpani for recording or live sound reinforcement, we start with the microphone. Though many microphones work…

Best Microphones For Miking Vibraphone
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Best Microphones For Miking Vibraphone

The vibraphone is a tuned percussion instrument with a very unique sound. Vibraphones have metal bars are tuned chromatically, like a piano. The bars, resonators, and rubber mallets of the vibraphone yield deep tones with a relatively dark harmonic profile (compared to other tuned percussion instruments). When recording the vibraphone, the microphone (transducer) is an…

Best Microphones For Miking Xylophone
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Best Microphones For Miking Xylophone

When thinking of tuned percussion, the xylophone is often the first instrument that comes to mind. The instrument is fun to play (and spell), and has a unique, sharp sound that can really stand out in orchestral settings and add value to musical productions. But how do we best capture the sound of the xylophone?…

Best Microphones For Miking Marimba
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Best Microphones For Miking Marimba

The marimba is a tuned percussion instrument with a very unique sound. Marimbas are tuned chromatically, like a piano, giving the marimbist access to all the notes of western music theory. The bars, resonators, and rubber mallets of the marimba yield deep tones with a relatively rich harmonic profile (compared to other tuned percussion instruments)….

Best Microphones For Miking Upright Piano
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Best Microphones For Miking Upright Piano

The upright piano is a beautiful instrument and its size makes it a much more practical instrument than the larger grand piano. Its wide range and shorter strings provide a full sound and rich timbre that sound slightly sharper than its grand cousin. The vast dynamic range of the upright piano allows for soft passages…