Touch pick up or Microphone

August 8, 2005 at 05:29 AM · Hello guys , can anyone suggest me whether a touch pick-up or a microphone is good for live playing? If you use touch pick-up then which

one have good reputation among violinists.

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August 8, 2005 at 12:21 PM · I'm not sure about a pickup, but Nigel Kennedy uses (or has used in the past) a DPA 4061 miniature microphone. I own one, too. Really nice.

http://www.dpamicrophones.com/

go to products-miniature microphones

August 11, 2005 at 08:53 AM · Hi,

I don't think a pick-up can really work for a violin, because it's not just string and body vibrations that create the tone, but the "air sound" - for want of a better word.

Some use both a pickup (for volume) and a mic (for "atmosphere").

A device that looks promising to me (and which I'm thinking of buying because I might have to use amplification next year), is the Fiddle Pro.

Good luck, Juergen

August 14, 2005 at 05:26 PM · Thank you all.

August 15, 2005 at 05:58 AM · I use an L.R. Baggs pick-up and a Joe Mills mic, blended through a raven labs pre-amp. People often comment on the very natural sound of my set-up. A pick-up is nice in "band" situations as it helps the violin cut through and gives presence, while the mic picks up the ambient violin sound.

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