Electric violin techniques?

October 26, 2005 at 03:33 AM · Doesn anyone have any interesting techniques or tricks to create cool effects on an electric violin? I just got mine last week.

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November 12, 2005 at 03:32 PM · For cool effects you need to start by running your signal through an effects box - Zoom is a good line. Talk to the folks at Electric Violin Shop. With an effects box, you get to the signal before it reaches the amplifier & you add sustain, distortion, reverb, echo, etc. Once you start experimenting with settings, you'll realize where the cool effects come from.

December 10, 2005 at 11:07 AM · the electric violin has the advantage of being able to be put through effects units. Using large reverbs is always nice as long as you don't overdo it. Wah Wah pedals are also fun. A decent guitar or even bass guitar multi effects is good if you are going to use an amp the bass guitar amos usually sound better than the guitar amps. Distortion such as fuzz or metalizer sound good with strong seperate bows and my favourite is a long delay of about 2 seconds to get a canon effect if you find one which can record phrases even better.

December 10, 2005 at 06:07 PM · A Zoom 505 would be a good one to start on and you could get it for probably $30 on ebay. It's a small floor pedal. It has octave down, chorus, flange, phasing, distortion, echo, auto-wha, lots of other effects without names, and you can program the the qualities of each and program patches of combinations of them. Great deal. If you get a used one make sure you can get a manual for it.

Also, a Boss loop station will let you play something and then play accompaniment to it, storing it or not, to build layers. Good for performance and practicing too.

December 10, 2005 at 07:03 PM · I have a Zoom 3030 here for the guitar. Another floor model, endless effects combinations to tinker with, wah built in, etc. Very fun. Flange effects can be interesting as can playing with various length delays. My favorite effect was always a heavy Chorus which would probably sound very nice on a violin.

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