Microphone comparison for close-miking violin

Paul Ely Smith

This is a comparison of four microphones for close-miking my violin. The mics I'm comparing are a Sennheiser 421, a Cascade Fathead II (with a Lundahl transformer), an Audio Technica AT4050, and a Shure SM7B. The tunes are "Hector the Hero" (J. Scott Skinner) and "Hardiman's Fancy" (traditional Donegal Irish). Here are the timings, to figure out which mic is playing when...

Hector the Hero

A1/first half--0:00-0:14/S421. . . . . . . . A1/second half--0:14-0:27/FatheadII
A2/first half--0:28-0:41/AT4050. . . . . . . . A2/second half--0:41-0:54/SM7B

B1/first half--0:54-1:09/S421. . . . . . . .B1/second half--1:09-1:22/FatheadII
B2/first half--1:22-1:36/AT4050. . . . . . . . B2/second half--1:37-1:52/SM7B

Hardiman's Fancy

A1--1:52-2:02/SM7B. . . . . . . . A2--2:02-2:12/S421
B1--2:12-2:21/Fathead. . . . . . . . B2--2:21-2:30/AT4050

A1--2:30-2:39/SM7B. . . . . . . . A2--2:39-2:48/S421
B1--2:48-2:57/Fathead. . . . . . . . B2--2:58-3:09/AT4050

For more information, visit my blog-- https://palouserivermusic.blogspot.com/2021/11/violin-microphone-shoot-out.html

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