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Electric Violin to computer
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Quirk
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April 2, 2012 - 11:41 am
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Hey guys,

Not sure if this is the right place for it.

But I want to connect my violin to my computer to record and such. I am still very bad at the whole violin playing stuff. I can only play five songs so far. But I like to mess with audio and if my stuff is already messed up, the more fun.

I heard you need a interface much like this,

http://www.electricviolinshop......rface.html

Has anyone any experience with this product or any like it? I don't want to buy it to find that it was really meant for guitar and couldn't pick up the violin's freqs.

My violin has a pick up built in.

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Fiddlerman
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April 2, 2012 - 1:44 pm
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This product would work for your violin. Don't know how good it is. Be sure to read reviews.

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It's all about what quality of recording you want to get and what your computer can handle. If you're ok with spending more than $500 I could give you some great interface reviews.

 

Otherwise you may like this quit a bit more than the one you linked to:

http://www.electricviolinshop......pedal.html

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Kind of a cheap and dirty way:

You can record from the mic input of the computer by pugging one of those $9 double ended cable things from Radio Shack between the violin and a standard microphone jack. The name escapes me, but it's the one that's the same size as a standard headphone input on both ends. There are a bunch of different colors too, if you're color happy like me, and want an interesting look (the hot pink one is super cute). 

I used audacity (free) and changed the recording input to the microphone jack on my computer to record some of my crappy doodles a while ago. You don't get the snazzy effects that an electric violin interface would have, but you do get a nice noise free recording of "sewing machine" mode that you can add effects to after the fact. It's pretty cool to toy around with if you don't have the cash for a nice setup, but wanna play around with the electric violin.

 

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April 3, 2012 - 10:06 am
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I had heard to plug directly into your computer would be likely to mess up something important. Like fry the sound card or blow out your speakers. I guess I could hook up my old computer, 3/4 dead from viruses and have a go at that.

Thanks for the suggestions. I already have audacity and am thinking about getting Cubase 6 elements. Though it kept on crashing my computer when I had the trial version. And my laptop was only 6 months old when I tried out Cubase, which was older than that. It is a pity, I made some nice stuff with cubase, too bad you couldn't export mp3 with it. It was so hard to get around to. (Sarcasm)

Doesn't cubase realise that there are a million ways to convert any audio to mp3?

I live in Australia, we have no radioshack, but I know what you mean. I think. 

That effects processor looks all right. I bet the drums are crap though. But If I can use my own VSTi I should be all right. I will have to check it out.

Maybe I should buy a shoulder rest for my violin first though? Nah.

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Fiddlerman
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April 3, 2012 - 4:02 pm
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Frying your computers sound-card with the input of your electric violin sounds unlikely to me. Pikachu means to get a cable with an 1/8"(3.5mm) male plug on both ends. If you are worried about having too much gain in the soundboard simply turn down the gain, have your applications audio monitor turned on and turn the gain up real slowly to adjust it properly.

Just don't have your violin plugged into an external amp at the same time. I can see this as a potential problem.

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April 6, 2012 - 7:37 am
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Thanks guys.

I will be trying the 3.5mm double ended jack cable first and will see from there. Hopefully this will also be able to let me use some programs to help me keep in tune.

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Fiddlerman
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April 6, 2012 - 10:24 am
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Good luck smile

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This might help; my daughter who is a musician (songwriter, guitarist, vocalist) has been using PreSonus and a FireStudio Interface to record/edit/publish for the past two years.  It's very easy to use, very versatile, loaded with features, and produces a very professional sound even in a small studio.  It's not cheap, but also not as expensive as CuBase(the pro suite).  If you want details let me know and I'll ask her.

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