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Microphone Experience?
Have you used a microphone?
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June 19, 2013 - 11:22 am
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I am thinking about getting a microphone to use with my 5-string octave viola.  I've been looking at the Audio-Technica PRO-35.

Do you have experience with this microphone or anything similar?

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June 19, 2013 - 6:41 pm
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Are you implying it would effectivcely make your viola or violin an acoustic/electric? I've seen several pickups to use on a violin or viola on e-bay and if they include a pre-amp they seem to run from $100 to $300

I've never went to the dark side yet but Daniel would probably have a lot of valuable info to contribute.thumbs-up

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June 19, 2013 - 9:55 pm
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Not sure Joe. I do know that the Countryman Isomax pick-up not only works well but is used by many professional sound guys on the gigs that I play at.
I developed a special clamp as well that I can set you up with in case you are interested. I'll take a picture of mine and post it later.

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but the one who needs the least."

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June 19, 2013 - 10:02 pm
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Yes, adding the mic would make it an acoustic/electric octave viola (or violina, aka Chin Cello).  I would much rather use a mic rather than a pickup to capture the full sound of the instrument.

I don't need a preamp, equalizer, or phantom power source, I have those available through other means.  However, if a parametric equalizer (e.g. Baggs Para Acoustic) is needed to work with this mic it might be a problem.

BTW cdennyb, I see you're in NorCal... Me too.  We're up just a bit above Calaveras Big Trees State Park.  Check us out at


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