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recording a violin

Discussion in 'Recording' started by naftali94, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. naftali94

    naftali94 Active Member

    sorry about my english. i'm not american/
    i play on violin and i want to record me in my comuter..
    i use AUDACITY.
    i have a good pick up in my violin (somthing of barcus-berry).
    andd i connect a PL cable to my comuter. but the problem is that the sound isn't good!!!. it's sound metallic.
    i will be happy if somone can guide me what i can do. thank you.
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Two problems.

    1) You need an interface to go into the computer. TC Electronics, M-Audio, Presonus, Mackie/Tapco all make little two channel boxes to fit this niche.

    2) A violin will never sound its best through a pickup. An overhead condenser mic would be better especially in a good room.
  3. Feverdream

    Feverdream Guest

    I recorded a violin at home a few weeks back.

    I just used an overhead condenser and an SM58. The 58 isn't the best mic to use for a violin, but it was there so I used it. Blended with the condenser it sounded fantastic.

    The pickup sound won't be good on it's own, but if you have a track spare, it's worth recording it, just to have something else to blend with what you've picked up with the mic.
  4. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    In this scenario, a pencil condenser would be preferred over most dynamic microphones. I like the 58 but it's frequency response is limiting to a good violinist.

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