Grand piano recording

– Our beautiful Yamaha C6 –

 

Close your eyes and you’d think you were listening to a high-end European piano

 

If you’re looking for a Melbourne recording studio or a remote-recording-capable studio with a beautiful grand piano, look no further. Our Yamaha C6 is the finest we’ve ever heard. Upon playing it the owner of a $250,000 concert Bosendorfer said he wished his Bosie had the middle and upper register tone of our C6. Renowned tuner Ted Wolsley who maintains the piano has set up the action to concert grand specification, meaning it has a high dynamic range enabling the softest of softs and the loudest of louds.

But it’s the tone of this piano that stands out. And it records beautifully.

 

Have a listen

Have a listen

Contemorary Solo Piano

Recorded by Robyn Payne

Classical

Recorded by Robyn Payne.

Classical

Recorded by Robyn Payne

Singer / Songwriter

Recorded & mixed by Robyn Payne

Jazz

Recorded & mixed by Robyn Payne

Jazz

Recorded & mixed by Robyn Payne

My Melbourne recording studio is equipped to not only record beautiful solo grand piano, but of course record alongside a vocalist, an ensemble, strings, whatever you require.

If you don’t play or don’t have access to a pianist, I can help. I am proficient in most styles – pop, rock, funk, jazz, chill, etc. and I have an A.Mus.A in classical piano. If a specialist part is required, I have access to the finest session musicians in Melbourne.

Piano

FAQ

How often do you tune your piano?

My grand piano is in a fully insulated recording studio – the ideal conditions for a piano as it’s subject to minimal temperature and humidity fluctuation. In addition this piano also holds its tune nicely. Therefore I find an annual tune and thorough check over is all that’s needed to keep it in top condition. As part of the annual maintenance our tuner Ted Wolsley gives the piano a thorough check over, then voices the piano which ensures each note has the same tone as the next. He also checks and adjusts the action to ensure that each note feels the same as the next. In between tunes, if there is a stray note that needs touching up, I am qualified to easily look after that as I tuned pianos for a few years early in my career and still have my tools. Bottom line, we’ll never let a session pass without the piano in top condition.

Is your piano suited to particular styles of music?

My grand piano is set for “concert standard”, making it extremely expressive and versatile. The softs can be extremely soft and the louds very loud indeed. It sounds great for rock and pop, but classical, opera and jazz enable it to display its true potential. Most of the time it’s the mic-ing technique, application of EQ and spacial effects (and in some cases, compression) that will give the piano a certain sound to suit the style of music it’s being used for.

I’m a singer. Can I be in the same room as the piano?

Absolutely. If you’re used to performing with your pianist, I can definitely achieve a high quality recording with you both in the same room together. However I’d recommend considering the alternative of recording in separate rooms. I have a live video link between the rooms so you can still see each other for visual cues and of course wearing headphones you can easily hear each other. The big advantage of separate rooms is that it eliminates spill from the piano into the vocal mike and vice-versa. This makes it easy to do repairs and touch-ups. And that takes a huge amount of pressure off the performers, freeing them up relax and truly perform without worrying about making the odd mistake or pitchy note.

I’m part of a jazz ensemble. Can we all record live together with the piano?

Yes, this is I something I do often. Naturally each set-up is different and will depend on the number and type of instruments, vocals, how you are used to performing together and what you are trying to achieve in the recording. Of course I’ll discuss all this with you and lead you through the options, if needed. Having 3 rooms which are totally isolated (including the control room, which can also be a great recording space) along with in-room acoustic dividers give us lots of options and flexibility. Typically I will have the lead instrument / vocalist in the control room as they can eye both recording rooms from that position. The two recording rooms are equipped with a video link so everyone can see each other for cues.

Your grand piano is in a recording studio, but I want my piano to sound like it’s in a concert hall. Is this possible?

This is easily achieved using high quality digital processing including Reverb and Delay (echo). These tools in the right hands can produce a sound that makes it impossible to tell whether you’ve recorded in an actual concert hall, or any other room you are wanting to replicate. In addition I can feed the concert hall effect into your headphones so it will sound like you’re in the hall while you’re recording, giving you the feel of being there which in turn will have a positive affect on your performance.

I’d like a video of me whilst I’m recording piano in the studio. Can this be done?

This can be achieved in several ways. The first thing to keep in mind is that my specialty is audio. Video is another world. Having said that I have the lighting, equipment and editing skills to record and produce a basic video of you in the studio. Alternatively I can recommend professional video producers or you’re most welcome to bring your own. I also recommend that you do the audio recording first and then move onto the video, so that neither recordings are compromised.