3 years ago I wrote.
"It seems that at 200Hz (approx. a violin's G string) a good small-diaphragm condenser's response is already about -3dB. That's a pity, otherwise I'd have suggested all you'd be recording with a large diaphragm is the room's resonances." My previous experience had been playing live mic'd uke gigs with one Shure SM57 and one SM58, not a good match for each other.
So I bought a couple of Shure PGA81s, and someone asked somewhere for me to post a recording of a violin done with them. Forget it! The lack of bass response is almost physically painful.
The resonances and ambience are more important than the violin when recording the violin! I'll look around for a large diaphragm condenser.
"It seems that at 200Hz (approx. a violin's G string) a good small-diaphragm condenser's response is already about -3dB."
You are 100% right - it is rubbish. It's about 1.5dB at 200 and 4.3dB at 100Hz. Maybe I was remembering older stats.
Maybe you shouldn't be using Shure microphones
Violin sound spectrum is incredibly complex to the extent that our ears hear differently than what's picking up on mics. Moreover, if you're sticking the mic right next to the violin you're bound to get some nasty shrill sound that's overpowering the bass.
I'm with Lyndon. I have long found Shure products overrated (same thing as overpriced). I suggest also that you consider a ribbon microphone.
Since I'll only be recording as a personal experiment, I'm not going to invest in Neumann mics. I found a Shure SM27 on Amazon, new for £150 with a damaged box. That will do for a while.
I paid 157 euro for the Aston Element (new).
A local recording-studio guy told me his go-to for recording violin is the Royer R-121. The R-10 is a similar mic but more affordable.
I'll second the Royer 121. It mainly depends on what you want but ribbons handle the high frequencies of the violin in a much more pleasing way than condensers, dynamics or large diaphragm.
When I own a recording studio I'll buy a pair of R121. Until then, I have a living room, a bedroom and a bathroom, and an SM27 in conjunction with a PGA81 will have to do.
I'm sorry to repeat myself, but i think you have ignored my advice to test the Aston Element mic :)
I've bookmarked it, Marco.
I have 3 of these wonderful handmade ribbon microphones at a bargain price:
How much does the Aston Element cost? NVM I saw it at Sweetwater for $200
I paid 149 euro 7 months ago, in Italy.
These have a lot of street cred in recording forums at about $150 per mic:
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