From Erika Burns
Posted June 27, 2012 at 02:52 AM
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?
If this is an electrified acoustic violin then it will NOT be any quieter then a standard acoustic violin.
No, of course not. You can remove the strings, then you get no sound, but also in the headphones.
You should have bought a cheap keyboard.
A Yamaha silent violin is very quiet, but not completely. Electric violins and guitars are still acoustic instruments with vibrating parts.
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.
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. ;-)
And no - a fiver will not make it 5 times quieter.
Note the back of the violin:
Do NOT have anything connected to the Line Out.
Plug your headphones into the Phone connection
Your choice on MIC connection; depends on if you sing.
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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