Earthworks PM40T Piano Miking System for Grand Pianos Designed for Touring
Touring piano miking system housed in a compact airline friendly carry-on case designed to revolutionize piano miking and achieve an incredible improvement in piano sound with no mic stands or booms
– No mic stands or booms needed
– Pristine sound with the lid up or down
– Quick and simple setup
The Earthworks PM40T Touring PianoMic System is a revolutionary solution for miking grand pianos with no mic stands or booms.
The PM40T PianoMic provides the best of both worlds. A simple piano miking system that takes just minutes to setup and provides incredible results for live performances.
Engineered to allow open or closed lid miking, the PianoMic is ideal for a wide range of miking situations. In a recording studio with no other instruments, the PianoMic shines with the lid open. When in more crowded settings such as on a concert stage shared with other instruments, merely close the piano lid to isolate the piano and minimize leakage. In both scenarios the PianoMic will capture the piano with incredible detail.
At the heart of the PianoMic are two random incidence omnidirectional microphones, specifically designed for use inside of a piano, which is a diffuse sound field. This means that sound is coming at the microphones from multiple sources and multiple directions. A random-incidence microphone is designed to be placed within such a diffuse sound field and pick up sounds uniformly, whether they arrive at the front, the sides or the rear of the microphone. The PianoMic System achieves much of its remarkable performance through the use of specially designed, 40kHz random-incidence High Definition Microphones.
Because of the near-perfect omnidirectional polar response of the microphones and extraordinarily tight impulse response, the PianoMic picks up every note with consistently. So, the full range of the piano including the high and low strings will be reproduced with no hot spots.
In addition, the microphones exhibit no proximity effect, regardless of their distance from the piano strings or soundboard. The mics, when positioned close to the sound source, also provide incredible gain before feedback and can handle up to 148dB SPL.
Designed with touring environments in mind, the PM40T takes the incredible performance of the original PM40 PianoMic and houses it in a compact airline friendly carrying case. The telescoping bar detaches in the center, making the PM40T much more compact for travel.
The PM40T PianoMic system mounts within the piano for minimum visibility on stage. The telescoping bar allows the PianoMic to be quickly and easily installed in nearly all grand pianos and to place the microphones close to or away from the dampers and get the exact sound desired.
Set on flexible goosenecks, the microphone capsules can be easily repositioned for optimal microphone placement.
A separate output stage box features a 5-pin XLR input and two 3-pin XLR outputs. A leather case with a strap allows the box to be mounted onto a piano leg, so the microphone remains nearly invisible from outside the piano or with the lid closed.
The PM40T Touring PianoMic System, offering the features and sonic performance of our PM40 PianoMic System while offering quick, simple, and easy setup, in a compact airline friendly carry-on case.
The PianoMic System was designed to revolutionize piano miking and achieve an incredible improvement in piano sound for live and recording applications with no mic stands or booms. There is more gain before feedback, significantly less leakage from surrounding instruments and the same pristine sound quality with the piano lid either up or down. At the heart of the system are two Random Incidence, omnidirectional, 40 kHz High Definition Microphones. With a frequency response of 9 Hz to 40 kHz, the mics deliver extraordinary impulse response and extremely short diaphragm settling times. In addition, the microphones exhibit no proximity effect, regardless of their distance from the piano strings or soundboard. The mics, when positioned close to the sound source, also provide incredible gain before feedback.
– High intelligibility
– More gain before feedback
– Near-perfect polar response
– Excellent off-axis rejection
– Uniform frequency response on or off-axis
– Wide pickup pattern, allowing performer to move about freely and still maintain pristine sound quality
– Far less sound in the microphone from your floor monitors
– Reliable performance
Earthworks directional microphones have patented near-perfect polar patterns. The sound across the entire front hemisphere is remarkably uniform and is flatter at 90 degrees than most microphones are on-axis. Our live performance microphones also have an incredible transparent sound quality, offering near-perfect polar response and high rejection of sounds at the rear of the microphone, resulting in less leakage and more gain before feedback.
With a maximum sound press level of 145dB SPL, you don’t have to worry about overloading the microphone with loud attacks or strong plosives. While the microphones are able to capture your performance with incredible nuance and precision, they are also built to withstand the rigors of the road.
– Touring Model
– Cannot be seen from outside of the piano (needs no stands or mic booms)
– Superb sound with the piano lid either up or down
– Virtually no leakage from sounds outside the piano
– Incredible gain before feedback
– Recording studios can now record piano with other instruments in the same room
– Handles sound pressure levels up to 148dB
– Quick, Simple and Easy Setup
– 40kHz Random Incidence Omnis
– Hear the full range of the piano including the high and low strings with no hot spots
– The telescoping bar allows the PianoMic to be quickly and easily installed in nearly all grand pianos and to place the microphones close to or away from the dampers and get the exact sound desired
Random Incidence Omnis
The innovative PianoMic System required the design of unique high definition microphones. Virtually all microphones used for recording and sound reinforcement are “free field” microphones, designed to pick up sounds in front of them. In contrast, the microphones in the PianoMic System are actually placed within the sound field of the piano, where sound is coming at the microphones from multiple sources and multiple directions. Each string is a separate sound source and the soundboard is also a sound source.
In addition, there are multiple reflections of each sound source from the soundboard, piano sides and piano lid. These reflections, arriving from different angles, create what is known as a “diffuse sound field.” A “random-incidence” microphone is designed to be placed within such a diffuse sound field and pick up sounds uniformly, whether they arrive at the front, the sides or the rear of the microphone. The PianoMic System achieves much of its remarkable performance through the use of specially designed, 40kHz random-incidence High Definition Microphones.
“A lovely sounding microphone that maintains its integrity whether the piano is fully open, on a short stick or fully closed. This has helped maintain a level of consistency for the show in any situation we have found ourselves in. Be that indoors, outdoors or accompanied by other instruments.”
Suneil Pusari, Engineer, Rufus Wainwright
“Bruce frequently appears on early morning TV shows or other programs where there’s very little time to prepare the piano. For events such as an NBA game, where he performs the National Anthem, we frequently have less than a minute to be ready. By having the PM40 installed inside the piano, we can roll the piano into place, make the cable connections, and be ready to go. If we had to place microphones on stands, we’d never make it. Having the microphones pre-positioned is a huge benefit that ensures we’ll get the sound we want.”