Good morning happy, April to you all.
This afternoon I have a friend coming
round to add some violin to one of my tracks, although this was planned some time ago we
only managed to sort a date and time at quite short notice, and we only have a small time
slot this afternoon. So I have no choice but to record it in my home studio which is a
less than ideal space. Normally I would have taken time to find somewhere with some nice
acoustics, a while ago Elf offered me use of a nice tiled space and use of his mics for
another recording I have planned, but we're not going to have time to make use of that
So my studio is basically a spare bedroom in the house. The worst
shape for a studio being practically a cube at about 5m up, down and across. I was
thinking of using my Audio Technica AT2020 or one of my Behringer C3s but have a
collection of mics including a 57 & 58 but felt that condensers would be the best.
This is the first time I've recorded a violin and I've searched the internet for
tips and most things I've read say the room is the most important thing and that you
should never close mic a violin. There also seems to be a lot of argument over whether a
violin should be recorded mono or stereo. I personally would have thought mono and treat
it the same you would a guitar. I also wondered whether there would be any benefit to
double tracking it the same way I would a guitar.
To give you context, here is
the track that I'm adding the violin to sans vocals. I've used a synthesised violin line
as a guide. Plus the violin only appears on the opening so don't worry if you don't want
to listen to the whole thing https://soundcloud.com/the-gifted/demo-for-sos-tips