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Oliver
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Do you ever have occasion to play into a microphone versus having a mic attached to the violin?  Or, are your venues not that large or noisy and no serious competition from other instruments?

Most small groups I've heard played into stand mics but I wonder why not the attached mics?  Sound not as good? String noise?  Other problem?

Then too, I know you possess a pretty awesome instrument and that helps violin-student

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Good question, I usually don't decide how I will be miked. <—Sp?
The venues often have sound companies taking care of everything. Sometimes they use individual mics on each stand, simpler to put one mic between two violinists. Other times they put small condenser mics on our fiddles by the sound-post or in the f-hole.

My experience is that the good quality dynamic mics are better onstage than on-instrument condenser or piezo mics. The only problem is that they sometimes deal with feedback.

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It occurred to me later that, in blue grass at least, different instruments will sometimes step up to the mic, in effect spot lighting that instrument for a solo and this would not work if everybody was wired equally into the sound system.
But I also wonder how they control feedback on a wide open stage?

Maybe the mics are that "tight" ?

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Been there with feedback. That's why I like the magic of great sound engineers. Unidirectional dynamic mics work great on stage for string instruments in my experiences.

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Feedback usually is affected by gain and certain frequencies emitted by stage speakers. Soundtechs usually remove them by adding frequency equalizers and other filters. Most times, it's just too much gain, in my experience.

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I hear that loud and clear Daniel. For acoustic guitar I have used widgets that cover and muffle the sound hole of the guitar but I don't like them because I use a lot of dynamics on my picking hand and the sound dynamics just don't come out as much. 

 

Let the soundman do what he does with the PA gear for sure!

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