For y'all electrified violinists -- what kind of stomp boxes (effects pedals) have you enjoyed or found useful (or, as in my own case, secretly coveted)?
I went to a jazz jam last night and I saw the guitarist had a little collection of pedals on the floor. I don't see why mere guitarists should have all the fun!
Maarja Nuut (from Estonia) plays an acoustic violin, but does great things with a looping pedal:
Yes! I have a looper. Actually it's my 13-year-old daughter's looper, we got it for her for her birthday.
I have three pedals. One that I consider essential is my Empress ParaEq, which is a three band parametric eq pedal. With it I can roll off the bass below 200Hz to eliminate bow direction change and handling noise, without affecting any relevant frequencies. I also do a high frequency roll off to control the shrillness characteristic of piezo pickups. And I tinker with midrange too. You don't have to have a parametric eq. A typical seven band with preset frequency centers will work well too, but I feel that the parametric eq allows more subtilties of control. The three band eq's often found on acoustic amps are optimized for guitars, and are not optimal or even adequate for violins.
Mark -- great! I appreciate those tips! Keep 'em coming!
I have an MXR 10 band graphic equalizer, and
ElectricViolinShop.com has lots of videos of the effects they sell, and they've kinda sorta cherry picked the ones that work well with electrics, though I wouldn't just hand all decision making over to them. Guitar Center has a good return policy, which I make full use of.
David Ford many thanks! I will check out that Facebook group for sure. I have a Boss wah pedal but somehow I am not coordinated enough to do wah pedal while playing violin.
David, Mimiq does not work on violin! Just thought I would save you some money...
@Christopher - yeah, I found a video stating that much, though it did add some shimmmer.
The Boss wah pedal (PW-3) is relatively stiff. The disadvantage is you really have to stand on it with your toe to toggle the bypass. I thought my daughter would have fun with it (with her cello), but she isn't strong enough to activate the bypass while sitting down. I'll probably sell the pedal. (Mint condition, asking $75.)
My wah is a Dunlop. Found out, their plant is about 30 miles from my house.
I have a problem activating or deactivating mine. I end up reaching down with my finger and pressing the plunger.