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Old 12-09-2001, 09:08 AM
ISedlacek ISedlacek is offline
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Default recording of violin

I have read Crowdog s very interesting comment in the recent cello recording thread . He
suggested to place a piece of plywood in front of the cellist to reach more
lively sound with depth, if recorded in a small room.
I am a violinist and have a recording facility (U87, Rosetta, Digi 001
etc.). The best things is always to record in some natural "big" acoustics,
but it is not available always. I have a typical small "deadish" studio room
and there the violin does not sound very great (whereas the instrument is
great and the recording equipment is also not bad). Do you think that even
in case of violin a similar thing with plywood would help to reach more
coloured lively sound of violin in a small room ? Or would you have some
other suggestion in this matter ?
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Old 12-09-2001, 11:19 PM
CO2 CO2 is offline
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Default Re: recording of violin

Hey ISed:

Absolutely it would help! It is similar to having a two sided gobo with a "live" side (usually just thick (3/4") ply) or playing facing an untreated wall. Any live surface will provide another bright bounce. Then just decide if you think it adds in a positive way.

Try moving things around (mikes and surfaces). An inch can still make a GREAT amount of difference to the sound color.

I still love Glynn John's approach. Cover one ear and listen...... when you hear the sound you like, put the mike THERE.

Best Regards
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Old 12-11-2001, 11:43 AM
lwilliam lwilliam is offline
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Default Re: recording of violin

I haven't read the cello thread, so maybe this is redundant...

You can also try using an omni mic or a PZM mic taped to the ceiling above the violin...

I just recorded a violin (well, actually she called it a "fiddle" - for country <g> ) in my bedroom studio with a similar setup. I used a 414 close to the ceiling (about 3 feet from the violin and only 6 inches from the ceiling) with the 150hz rolloff activated. In this case, I used cardioid setting, but the omni setting would've given it more air.

It ended up blending pretty well with the tracks using only a touch of reverb and no eq.

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