03-01-2013 06:45 AM - edited 03-01-2013 08:09 AM
Man, I'd give a testicle to science to have a space like that to record in.
your local gymnastic hall doesn't sound worst
no need to donate important organs
03-01-2013 10:51 AM
03-01-2013 03:19 PM
03-01-2013 06:16 PM
I've played in orchestras where there were just two mics for the whole group, and the recordings turned out terrific.
That said, the spaces I played in were terrific and you could have put your laptop speaker up and it would have sounded pretty darn good.
For a small ensemble, yeah, two mics could very well do it. Ideally you'd have more, but it's not like it *couldn't* be done,
in the early eighties the Berliner Philhamoniker bought a 24 track PCM recorder,
after the first recording they realized that nobody can mix those 24 tracks.
03-03-2013 02:46 AM
And WRGKMC, I'm not trying to just flat out disagree with you here, but the violin is completely unlike any other instrument because of the bow. Being a player yourself, you should know that. Not that a guitar can't get a lot of dynamic range and texture, but it just scratches the surface of what a violin can achieve, and DI'ing it or putting a pickup on it shlubs up the sound. I've been playing both basically my whole life, and I can attest to recording violin hundreds of times, lots of different ways, and I always go back to the ole' mic sitting in front of me, overhead somewhere, depending on the room.
I'm just saying, you'll never see Gil Shaham putting his Strad through a direct box, and that's even if he's recording in someone's living room.
Have you tried one of these yet? http://www.davidsonviolins.com/viper_electric_viol
My recording buddy bought a 6 string about year ago for $3500. It is Quite a different animal from an acoustic having frets and all. My personal evaluation playing it was a bit handicapped because he is a lefty
Recording quality was quite exceptional, and not having to deal with mics to get good sound quality was so nice. One of the best features is its ergonomics. Hands free and no neck cramps from the chin rest.
I was thinking of making up a similar shoulder mount for my acoustic. I can't play the thing for more than an hour any more because my spine is in bad shape and something that frees up the needed chin pressure would surely help. Just don't know if it would work well with an acoustic that is very light.
03-03-2013 07:06 AM
03-03-2013 08:37 AM
the making of a great Violin recording is easier then for example an Oboe, or a Vibraphone
just because a Violin is relatively difficult to master that the neighbours don't call the police, a good intonated Vibraphone is almost heaven, not even talking about trumpet yet
03-03-2013 02:20 PM
I've had a fair bit of success recording acoustic and electric violin, as I play electric myself. For my last acoustic tracking session, I used a pair of KM 184s above and below the body, and a Wunder U47 copy a few feet away. For electric, I've been using my Pod HD500, stereo 1/4"s to the preamps. I'm honestly not sure I would record myself on acoustic anymore for my own projects. I might reamp if I was going for a particular sound, but I haven't had to yet. Of course, I'm not a good enough violinist to record any kind of classical pieces.
03-04-2013 08:15 AM
https://soundcloud.com/nickchanabdullah/untitled-1 1m30sec sample
thanks all. recording has finished. they are students, so the violinist is an amateur. but overall they are happy, and i'm happy, since im also a beginner in recording/mixing/mastering
03-04-2013 09:01 AM
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