Violin Microphones

 
 

Part of a series on Instrument Microphones:

 
     
 

Violin Microphones is part of a set of web pages written to demystify the miking and amplification of acoustic instruments.

 
 

 

 
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The performer range flexible violin microphone system, uses a directional electret microphone capsule. It fits to your instrument using a simple to use clamp which fits on the side of the violin.

The microphone clips into this mount, the stem may be bent to achieve the sound you require.

We suggest starting by placing the microphone over the f hole but then to experiment with location and then decide the location which best suits your requirement.

The microphone may be unclipped easily between songs and the whole system may be removed in a few seconds leaving no evidence and causing no damage.

The pre-amp in the system allows for use with phantom power, if your mixer provides it. If not, then you can insert a AA battery to power the microphone. The pre-amp is then connect using a standard XLR cable.

This microphone may be used with any of our wireless system giving total freedom on stage.

 

Violin Microphones: There are many microphones on the market which will suit recording or amplifying the violin, but to amplify well when playing live takes some thought and consideration.

To mic-up an acoustic instrument can be difficult but if you consider the instrument and how you play then the solution can be easily found.


When playing live you need to consider that other instruemnts playing on the same stage could prevent you from hearing your own instrument properly so consideration needs to be given to foldback monitors just as much as the front of house sound.

Things to consider are;

1. how loud do you and your band play
2. how close to other instruments are you
3. are you the lead or the follower

How loud are you.
If you and your band are loud then you obvuiously require more amplification but you also require better microphopnes and better fold back monitoring. Directional microphones need to be used to reduce the chances of feedback and also to reduce the amount of the other instruemnts you pickup in your microphone.

A directional microphone close to your instrument will give you the best reasutls. If you are particularly loud then you should consider a contact violin microphone. This type of microphone will gve you considerablly more level before feedback. It is also possible to use one microphone for the front of house and another for the stage moonitors. This can give a good level for hearing yourself and also a seperate controllable level for the main audiance.

 

How close to other instruments.
If you are particularly close to other instruemtns in your band then you would better using a directional microphone. This will help to reduce the amount of sound from these other instruments that your microphone picks up. If you have asound engineer then their job will be easier as they can amplify one instruemnt at a time. If you do not have a sound engineer then your job wil be easier for the same reason.

 

Are you the lead or a follower?
If you lead your band then you will need to be able to hear yourself over everybody else so you can give an accurate lead. This can be ahieved by having a louder monitor but this can lead to feedback. To help reduce feedback then you should use a directional microphone or a contact microphone to give you this increased level.


Fitting violin microphones ?
There are hree main choices,

1. under the strings near the bridge,

2. fixed to the body to give more volume,

3. close to the f hole to give clear tone and body.


All three locations have their advantages and disadvantages.
Under the strings using a suspension violin microphone, which hangs from the strings behind the bridge, will give a very pure sound, rich in the initial string character and full of body from the bowing action. This will give a very real violin sound, it will have reduced instrument resonance which can be manifest as a lack of the full character of the instrument or as a pure sound which you can amplify successfully and tailor with your amplification system to create the sound you want.
Using a contact microphone on the body of the instrument will give a high volume with minimal risk to feedback when amplified. The strong, sometimes dry, signal from the body will give great punch to the violin sound.
For a more mellow and rich sound, a violin microphone close to the f hole is the answer. The full character of the instrument will be heard by this microphone.


The exact position of any instrument microphone must be tuned by the player. Although the manufacturer's suggested location will give a good sound it can often be improved by making small adjustments on your own instrument. No two instruments are the same, even from the same maker. Experiment and change the position until you are happy that you have the best sound for you and your instrument.


 
     
 

Summary
Try different types of violin microphone.
Try your choice of microphone in different locations on your instrument.
Consider your instrument and your microphone as two units working together.

 
     
 

If you have found this short article useful perhaps you would like to read others;

 
 

www.harpmicrophones.co.uk

 
 

www.violinmicrophones.co.uk

 
     
 

If you want a practical instrument microphone which will perform as described above then why not visit www.accusound.com
To learn more about violin microphones go to;

Accusound - Violin Microphones.
Accusound workshops - Violin Microphones.

 
     
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