Steinway vs Yamaha Piano Recordings

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Recently we acquired a 1966 Steinway Model B grand piano for Studio 1 in Sydney, which lives beside our Yamaha C7 piano.

To understand the strengths of each instrument, we gave three of our engineers, Simon Todkill, Jono Baker and Simon Cohen, the challenge of recording these pianos in the purest (is that the best?) way possible.

The final recordings are below…

Both pianos were recorded at 24/96 with a stereo pair of AKG c414b-uls and Coles 4038 microphones. They were hooked up to SSL Alpha pre-amps running into an Apogee Rosetta 200 convertor. Some recordings (as per their names) also have room mics, which were AKG c414xl2 microphones recorded through our Neve 88R console pre-amps. No compression, eq or other processing has been applied.

You can download these recordings to hear them in their full glory!

To book a recording session with these pianos, Please contact Kimberly on or 02 9698 5888



  1. Dizz1 says:

    Wow both sound amazing!
    I must say I prefer the C7 overall in these demos!
    Much love and respect to you guys!

  2. Day and night difference to my ears. The Yamaha harmonics have more glare like lots of Asian Consumer Market Electronics.

  3. Overall the C7 is a brighter piano and the 414buls (with no room mics – my preference). In both pianos the 414buls delivered a brighter sound. Suppose it comes down the what you’re looking to produce specifically for your recording style. Great demos, Thank you!

  4. Steve says:

    Steinway sound beautiful to me as a solo instrument, but in a mix… especially pop, the brighter Yamaha is going to sit better. Slower caberet music… Steinway.

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