I have an old upright piano (slightly out of tune). First of all, I took the front off of the piano and put an SM-58 right in the middle and got a great sounding recording. I really like the sound it creates with a couple of different songs I am working on.
I would like to use a couple of mics to get a bit of stereo separation. I have done some experimenting with a couple of different configurations.
First I put two mics at a 90 degree angle from each other in the center of the piano. The sound was completely unbalanced because the song is played mostly on the middle and lower section of the keys.
I then moved the mics toward the lower section of the keys in the middle of where the song is played, but then the rhythm (left hand) part was all on one side and the melody (right hand part ) was all on the other.
What I would like to hear is the melody fairly balanced in the middle and still get some decent stereo separation. I like the idea of the lower notes coming from the left channel and the higher notes coming from the right channel, but I don't want the sound to become unbalanced.
Do I need a third mic placed farther away to help balance the sound?
Should I just use a single mic and a stereo simulation effect?
Please give suggestions as to mic placement, panning, effects, etc.