Weber Upright with Wooden Mallets
This is my early 1960s Weber upright played with a wooden mallet. I’ve done all kinds of film score recording with the mallets on the strings but it’s so hard to keep track of the notes and easy to hit strays that parts always had to be pretty minimal and subject to lots of DAW editing. I sampled the piano to make it more conventionally playable. I sampled it before tuning it to keep the spooky harpsichord quality.
It’s recorded with a stereo pair of the Slate VMS2 modeling mics and a large diaphragm VMS1 overhead. The stereo pair are modeling Royer ribbons and the large diaphragm a Neuman U67 through a gentle compressor.