Dana Point, CA (February 7, 2017)—Scott D. Davis, known for his fondness for reinventing heavy metal classics for the solo grand piano, uses a matched pair of dual-diaphragm Sanken CU-44X MK IIs for his work.
"It's been my mission to get the most real sounding solo piano, which is quite a challenge,” says Davis. “What I'm looking for in the recordings is the detail and realism of the image. I want the piano to really pop out from the stereo speakers as a three-dimensional living thing."
In 2006, Davis released Rockfluence, a solo piano tribute to classic rock and metal, and followed it with Pianotarium: Piano Tribute to Metallica in 2007. Since then, he's racked up over 15 million views on YouTube, and opened for artists including Godsmack, Korn, P.O.D., Sevendust, Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe and Queensrÿche.
Davis comments, "I've found that the dual-diaphragm Sanken CU-44X definitely captures the sound of a piano from the bottom end to the top end in pretty much equal detail across the entire range." He also employs the Sanken Chromatic CO-100K.
Davis elaborates, "After I fell in love with the CU44Xs, I decided to demo the CO-100Ks, and in working with them, I'm finding that they're incredibly realistic and detailed. I get a three-dimensional depth that goes beyond other omnis that I've tried. I combine the CU-44Xs to the raw piano itself, and then I position the CO-100Ks at a little bit of distance to bring more of the whole environment into the picture. Then I can mix the two to get the right balance."