Yamaha S-400B

Yamaha S-400B



Yamaha S-400B (I thought they made motorcycles..?)

So it was another boiling hot Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere. The studio was closed (not to me…), quiet and ready to be used. I jumped in, setup some mics and went to town. She’s bright, if you want it that way, reasonably clean and well presented from 2 vastly different listening positions. Sometimes you just have to try out things that you haven’t before and this was one of those times.

Røde Ribbon mics, capturing the full piano body and miniature omni DPA’s stuck underneath with blu-tak for the why the hell not sound. Check the pictures out for a better description I guess. I also made multiple Impulse Responses which are included here to be used any which way you want, and one should be loaded in the Kontakt instrument by default. These were made through the piano, in the room in a few variations so you can have a strange sustain if you want. Note: If anyone wants my Impulse Response Utility that I made (OS X only sadly) then please just get in touch.

If I did what I think I did right, it should load in Kontakt, with 3 mic knobs:

1. Underneath close mics
2. Ribbon body mics
3. Release Triggers

There’s also a quick EQ panel for fast sculpting and a Reverb amount slider which’ll send through an Impulse that I like. Try them all and see what you like, hopefully something for everyone.



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Great low-end and lots of headroom

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May 17, 2020

I think this would be a great pop or 50’s rock piano. Nice work!

Jon Manness


A Yamaha S-400B from the southern hemisphere sampled with three different mics.

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