Props to Tim for enduring my gnarly old piano, I think that’s probably it’s last outing.
The Piano is mic’d with an ORTF pair on the soundboard, plus an ambient mic further back. I find this gets the natural sound of the Piano nicely without too much mechanical thunk from the pedals and hammers.
I put the vocal mic high up and slightly off axis, this keeps the sound more consistent as Tim moves around while playing. The idea being that he’s always slightly off axis so we don’t get the close sound in the middle but a roomier sound at the sides. When mic’ing like this I ask the singer to ignore the mic and just sing to the room, I think this brings a more natural performance as they don’t need to think about mic technique – just enjoy singing.