Recording the piano can be tricky, but it isn't as difficult as you may have been led to believe. Pianos offer certain challenges, to be sure. First there is the issue of variation in types of pianos: upright, baby grand, or grand. Then there is the fact that pianos produce such complex tones.
An article I just read identifies five common piano recording myths and misconceptions, then sets us straight about each. Some of the myths are not just limited to piano recording, but seem to apply to recording in general. One of those is the mistaken idea that you need really expensive high-end microphones to get a great sounding recording. I hope that after all the articles I've written and audio exhibitions I've provided to demonstrate the folly of this misconception (here is just one example: www.homebrewaudio.com/5-dollar-vs-500-dollar-mic), regular Home Brew Audio readers will know that it's MUCH more about skill and knowledge than about the gear. Another idea challenged by Björgvin Benediktsson in his article is that you need to have a great room to get a great recording. Sure, in a perfect world we'd all have great acoustic spaces to record in. But what do you do when you don't? Are you sunk? Of course not. This is yet another example of knowledge being the key. You can compensate for a lousy room in a number of ways, such as dampening echos with acoustic treatment or baffles, or close-miking, or a combination of both.
To read the full article, go here: http://www.audio-issues.com/recording-tips/piano-recording-myths/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AudioIssues+%28Audio+Issues%29&utm_content=Google+Reader