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Old 01-10-2013, 06:14 PM   #1
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Recording Violin

Hey fellow recording enthusiasts. I'm about to record a violin in a medium sized room with a fairly short reverberation.

I'm mainly looking for tips on microphones to use, and mic placement. I don't have very much at my disposal. Here is what I can work with:

2 Sterling Audio ST 31s
1 Sterling Audio ST 51
4 Shure SM57s
1 Shure 52a

Various dynamic vocal microphones (all pretty low end, came in bundles, etc.)

Any suggestions? My gut says not to use the condensers due to the overly bright responses they have.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:39 PM   #2
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Actually a condenser would be a very good choice due to the details of the transients they produce , I think a standard XY pattern would be a good starting point. Maybe place the two ST 31s about a foot away in XY and the 51 aimed towards the opposite wall to capture some reflections. Thats how I'd start anyway.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:46 PM   #3
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i would also start with the st31s. a small diaphram condensor is probably going to pick up the full range of the violin the best.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:40 PM   #4
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Not the same thing but ive done some decent cello recordings with a condenser akg perception 220 to be exact with the mic place around a foot away aimed right at the f hole on the cello. Try a over hanging mic pointing down towards the sound hole or two mics at a 45 angle above the instrument. That would be my approach anyway.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:45 PM   #5
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Only time I ever recorded violins I used rhodes pencil mics. You know, the ones used for drum over heads, worked great.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:37 PM   #6
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Agreeing with the small-diaphragm condensors here. I'm just not sure you'll need two of them. It really depends on what role the violin plays in the mix. If you're recording a solo violin piece, then yeah. You want to stereo record it if it is a feature instrument. If it is just in a mix, then mono is fine.

You'll want to place the mic (probably) so that it captures the sound of the instrument as it fully develops in the room - at least a foot away, if not two or three or more. Miking close, you get the resonance of the instrument at the place you are pointing the mic. This is not usually where you want to record a violin, or even a guitar for that matter.

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Old 01-11-2013, 06:51 PM   #7
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Yeah, small diaphragm condensers seem like the natural choice.

A ribbon mic can work wonders for violin too.
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