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.