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Electric Violin String
Electric Violin String
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Gore Cardoso
September 9, 2013 - 11:24 pm
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Bought a new electric violin and wondering if anyone has a suggestion for string. I tried Zyex and Dominants, and I didn't like it. Thinking about Pirastro or Helicore..


September 10, 2013 - 3:15 am
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I tried Helicores on my electric, and didn't care for the sound.  To me, they seemed a bit too brash and "shouty".  Too much like a sax or something, in timbre.  Very strong sounding strings, and easy on the fingers. 

With electric, though, so much depends on your amp and what else is in your soundchain, and what sort of sound you actually like, though. 

They definitely seemed like a quality string, and some folks like them, but on my instrument and with my gear, I didn't care for the sound, personally.


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September 10, 2013 - 8:18 am
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D'Addario  makes a string for electric violin - they are called NS Electric .

I like the sound-not too bright.  But like Daniel said it really depends on the sound you want.  Your amp will make quite a difference as well. 

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” 

Kevin M.
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September 10, 2013 - 9:47 am
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I have been using Pro-Arte on my electric and I'm very satisfied with the sound but I rarely play it straight through the amp.

Gore Cardoso
September 10, 2013 - 10:24 am
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That is so right, but I have not been yet able to get the violin to sound really like a violin. The Violin is connected to a Roland KC 60

The violin has a passive pick up.

- I tried connecting it to a Behringer's acoustic Active ADI21 DI box on it (probably the closest I got to sounding like a violin). I was able to get this by having Highs at 12 @ o'clock, Mid @ 11 and low @ 10.

- Connecting it to JamUp Pro XT. (just for reverb, echo and compressor)

I still have not tried the LR Venue baggs DI (recommended for violin) nor another type of Amp like the Roland AC 60 or the Loudbox (Mini/Artist)

So far the Violin usually sounds like trumpet or sometimes like a flute... I eliminated the violin for I tried 2 others (one has Zyex strings and the other has Dominants) and they both sound very similar (Zyex sounds a little stronger and darker).

Any recommendation on set up is greatly appreciated.


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September 10, 2013 - 6:30 pm
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What kind of violin are we talking about? Is it an acoustic electric or silent electric?

You want a string that will make the instrument sound more like a traditional violin right? SE violins are very hard to get to sound that way. I find often that you need to use the lower tones and turn down the higher on the equalizer but at the same time be careful that the sound doesn't sound hollow and cheap. Kind of the opposite of what you are doing, however, your equipment is different.

If you add effects such as reverb and chorus you may get a more realistic violin sounding instrument.

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