Electric Violin + Headphones = Quiet???Instruments: My new electric violin does not seem to be any quieter with the headphones in? How do I fix this?
From Erika Burns
The headphones don't seem to work--the violin sounds exactly as loud with the headphones in as without (and it's somewhat loud). Was I kidding myself in thinking they would work the same way as in a laptop?
Is there any way to get little to no sound out of the violin and still hear it through the headphones?
From Brian KellySo this is a solid body electric violin right ? Are you plugging the headphones directly into the violin or are you plugging the headphones into an amplifier ?
Posted on June 27, 2012 at 05:26 AM
If this is an electrified acoustic violin then it will NOT be any quieter then a standard acoustic violin.
From Tobias Seyb"Is there any way to get little to no sound out of the violin and still hear it through the headphones? "
Posted on June 27, 2012 at 05:52 AM
No, of course not. You can remove the strings, then you get no sound, but also in the headphones.
A Yamaha silent violin is very quiet, but not completely. Electric violins and guitars are still acoustic instruments with vibrating parts.
From Shawn BouckeThe reason why you are not getting any more sound with headphones is because you need a pre-amp.
Posted on June 27, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Electric pickups, are either passive or active. passive does not use any power, but will work when plugged into a powered speaker, or a powered preamp. instruments that have an active pickup have a battery in the instrument, and with those you can plug headphones right into it. I have a passive pickup electric violin, and I plug it into a "Line 6 Pocket Pod Express." It takes 4 AAA batteries, acts as a preamp (So i cam plug headphones into it), and adds some simple effects.
From Smedley ButlerThe Yamaha electric violins have a built-in preamp. Mine also has three reverb settings simulating a room, concert hall, etc.
Posted on June 27, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I looked up your model [Cecilio CEVN-1BL] and it too has a preamp. You need to plug the headphones into the "phone" jack. The back of your VSO should look like this: http://bit.ly/LQ45iv
Make sure you have the batteries installed correctly, that you have the headphones plugged into the preamp, and that you have the unit turned on. If you have all of these checked and still no sound you may have a defective unit.
I see you purchased a blue model. Blue VSOs have a mellower sound. Red ones tend to be brighter while those in purple project better. Just thought you might want to know. ;-)
From John CaddYou seem to be getting answers to ;
Posted on June 27, 2012 at 03:00 PM
"How can I make this Cecilio (and/or Yamaha ) louder?"
We don`t want to hear that .
We want ; "How can we make it quieter ?" And (for me ) how is the tone -----when it`s had the quiet answer .
The Cecilio demo video shows a large flat area under the bridge . That`s a massive vibrating area. If that`s solid -good ,but too heavy . If it`s hollow -bad because too loud --but lighter . Just basic obvious points for that . Not points you can ignore though in a hotel room . The Cecilio imitation violin outline ( all round outline ) seems unnecessary . Better not to have an outline shape at all . You will be able to remember it`s for playing like a violin , but not really. Imagine exercise bikes that crashed into beds.
From David KnutsonMute the strings - you might start with a dollar bill mute. I've tried that on my Yamaha and it works to a point. A rubber practise mute will also deaden the sound, but it doesn't sound quite right thru the headphones - dead is the right verb. I would only do this to practise bowing and left hand dexterity - the tone sucks. Just returned from a long vacation where I practised in the hotel rooms nightly - headphones without mutes. No complaints.
Posted on June 27, 2012 at 03:41 PM
And no - a fiver will not make it 5 times quieter.
From Roland GarrisonI am not certain how you have it connected, but that may be the issue (with a nod to Smedley, who mentioned this first).
Posted on June 27, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Note the back of the violin:
Do NOT have anything connected to the Line Out.
Then the sound of the strings will be as minimized as possible (without a mute, at least), and you will not be also sending the sound through your amp.
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