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Accessories for Electric Violins
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January 7, 2012 - 1:08 am
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Hello everyone,

   I figured I get a tread going with some question about accessories for electric violins. I'm about to order a Cecilio CEVN-1W electric violin. And since this is my first ever electric string instrument I was wondering if you who have had instruments that can connect to amps can give me some information. I understand that you could spend and enormous amount of money on a thousand different setups. But what I'm looking for is a budget setup that an average income earner could do with good results. So I'll list some questions I have and let the information flow.


1. What would be a good beginner amp that will not break the bank?

2. What do you purchase to get the different sounds from the violin? Would that be a sound board? And if I were to connect to a sound board would this change the type of amp I would purchase?

3. I've seen in videos where a musician would step on a pedal to change the sound that emits from the amp. What type of setup is that and what would you need to set it up like that?

4. Is there a way you can record directly to a computer?

5. Can you connect to the amp wirelessly?

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January 7, 2012 - 10:07 am
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There are all prices when it comes to amps and different standards to what one would consider decent as well. The smaller powered amps are fine for a fiddle. The best thing you can do is visit a music store once you have your fiddle and experiment. You'll learn so much that way.

To get the sound effects you can buy small pedals with different effects or one effect box or pedal with many effects. I have a Zoom G-2

You can plug the effect pedal or violin's out-put straight into your computers audio input but the best is to have an audio interface between to mix the sound and send an output to where you can monitor your playing.

To connect your violin wirelessly you need a wireless transmitter. There are many to choose from.

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January 7, 2012 - 11:01 am
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If you have a guitar center near you go there.  I brought my electric violin there and they have a lot of effects set up and you can just plug into them and try them out.  Even if you don't buy one there you can find the effect you llke.  The people there will even be happy to jam with you to twinkle twinkle little star.

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January 7, 2012 - 12:17 pm
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Sure would need to know what kind of budget you have to spend to help you. I have many boss stomp boxes and also use a Boss GT-10 with a Marshall AS50D Accoustic/PA amp. It sounds great quiet and loud. I play solo gigs with it. I paid $400 for my Marshall but there is sales going on all the time. Your best bet is to bring your e-violin into a music store so you can try before you buy and ask questions in the store.

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January 7, 2012 - 9:38 pm
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Thanks for the info. As for budget, I figured somewhere around a grand for everything. That would be amp, effect box wireless hookup and cables and interface to hook to my computer. Of course if I could purchase items on sale that would be much better. But I'll take my e-violin to a guitar shop and start from there.

January 9, 2012 - 8:32 am
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That's a pretty decent amount of money, so you should be good. As is true with most effects pedals, remember that the less expensive effects stations (big pedals with 4 pedals, a wah wah pedal, the ability to edit and store effects, etc.) can be a good thing if a reliable version is bought. They tend to be less user friendly, but can open up your ears and give you tons of options. Still, if you find a sound or two you really like, I would suggest getting a solitary pedal for the sound. You don't have as much creative freedom, but you have better quality in both a recording and playing aspect. The more expensive high end effect station type pedals do a great job of offering you the freedom with sound quality, but those pedals usually cost more than the amp, and are higher than your budget.

And though this isn't entirely relavent, they have a pedal out that changes the tune of your instrument through the amp without actually having to tune the instrument. Called an up-tuner/down-tuner or something like that. They sound muddy and terrible, as they are taking the sound input and changing the tuning digitally. There is clicking, feedback, and the playing is even more sensitive as the waves are altered to make a different sound. It seems like it would be a fun idea to practice songs without changing tunes, but I don't want you, or anyone else, to make that mistake, heh.

All the best!

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