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How to Mic a Violin – DPA Mic University [VIDEO]

DPA Mic University presents: How to Mic a Violin

This video demonstrates the best way to mic up a violin, using DPA’s d:vote™ 4099V instrument mic and, d:dicate™ 4011GS – with the new MMP-G Modular Active Cable and GSM4000 Gooseneck Shock Mount, and d:screet™ 4061 Omni mic. The d:vote™ and d:dicate™ are both directional condenser mics, which focus on the sound of the instrument while isolating it from surrounding sound sources. The d:screet™ is Omni and picks up a more natural sound (with more of the room), though allows more freedom with placement.

Initial directional mic placement

  • Place the directional mic aiming between the strings and the F-hole to provide a natural and balanced sound. See 00:00:17.

Adjust the position as desired

  • Add more level as well as more low-end (aided by the proximity effect) to the sound by moving the mic nearer to the F-hole. See 00:00:35.
  • Add more attack and presence to the sound by positioning the microphone nearer to the strings of the instrument. See 00:00:49.

Using an Omnidirectional mic

  • Using an omni mic like the d:screet™ 4061 gives you the freedom to place the mic anywhere close to the violin, as demonstrated in the video at 00:01:05.
  • Move the omni mic a short distance away to capture a wider representation of the violin’s sound. (More ‘air’…) See 00:01:20.


DPA d:vote™ 4099V Instrument Mic for viola & violin – view details
DPA MMP-G Modular Active Cable & GSM4000 Gooseneck Shock Mount solution for d:dicate™ – view details
DPA d:screet™ IMK-SC4061 Omni Instrument Miking Kit – view details
DPA GMK-SC4061 Omni Gooseneck Mic Kit – view details

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