The N8 is an ideal mic to capture the sound of your piano because of its open and natural tonality. Its detailed top-end, extended low end, and figure-of-8 polar pattern make it the perfect companion for capturing the sound of your instrument within the context of a room.
Blumlein Technique on Grand Piano
A highly effective technique for recording grand piano involves the NUVO Stereo Kit, which comprises two N8s in Blumlein configuration. Position this array between 1 and 3 feet from the right side of the piano, perched over the frame, and with the center of the array pointed at middle C. This method yields a wide stereo spread with terrific natural tonality. To lessen the N8’s considerable proximity effect and to gain more room tonality, pull the array away from the frame.
Blumlein Technique on Upright Piano
On upright, there are two common positions to place a Blumlein array. One is to position it behind and above the played pointing towards the hammers. This will give you an eerily similar sound to what the performer is hearing.
Another recommended position is behind the piano from at least 1.5 feet away and 6 inches above the ground. This will give you less hammer sound but the tonality of the piano captured can be astonishing.