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Re: How to tune up creeky piano bench for recording?

PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 4:05 pm
by Hugh Robjohns
DC-Choppah wrote:[...wondering if maybe I could just do on the 2KHz and above stuff since I know that is where my noises are? I wonder if that will work?

Yes, no reason why you shouldn't side-chain the expander process so it only pushes down the upper mid and high end... but I don't see what the benefit would be. A broadband expander will help reduce subsonic rumbles from traffic or central-heating plant as well. I don't see what you'd gain by stopping it doing that...

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Re: How to tune up creeky piano bench for recording?

PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 4:05 pm
by Hugh Robjohns
Matt Houghton wrote:So... expansion followed by compression. I suppose we're to call this 'expression'? :beamup:

Not yet... I haven't completed and filed the trademark forms yet... :lol:

Re: How to tune up creeky piano bench for recording?

PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 4:13 pm
by Hugh Robjohns
Tim Gillett wrote:...how will the expander know that piano stool squeaks arent actually harmonics on treble key notes?

Hopefully the unwanted squeaks will be sufficiently lower in level compared to the harmonics while playing to allow adequate threshold deteminations, but there will obviously be a crossover range where the expander will start to detract from the piano tone and speed the decay of notes. Hence my suggestion that it might help rather than cure...

Obviously the configuration need some experimentation and care to set up for optimal results, but I've used this arrangement a lot to help minimise the intrusion of unwanted background sounds in live broadcast/recording situations -- although not, I must say, for solo classical piano -- but I have used it in on-stage band situations very effectively.

The correct approach is obviously to replace or fix the squeaky bench... but over-the-top technological solutions to simple mechanical problems always seem more popular than the bleedin' obvious... so who am I to argue! :lol:

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Re: How to tune up creeky piano bench for recording?

PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 1:02 pm
by DC-Choppah
baward wrote:Talcum powder removes problems with creaky wood joints.


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I had some residual creeks still. Opened up the wood frame by loosening the screws and put talcum powder in there - also where the legs are fastened to the frame. That worked great! Thanks for the tip.

Re: How to tune up creeky piano bench for recording?

PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 11:21 am
by baward
DC-Choppah wrote:
baward wrote:Talcum powder removes problems with creaky wood joints.

I had some residual creeks still. Opened up the wood frame by loosening the screws and put talcum powder in there - also where the legs are fastened to the frame. That worked great! Thanks for the tip.

You're welcome! :thumbup: