Guidelines for miking a viola with DPA Microphones.
Please remember, great sound is subjective and the miking methods described in this article are suggestions only. Try these methods out, but make sure to listen and choose the best solution for your specific situation.
Close miking an instrument is often considered to be a compromise to the instrument’s true acoustic sound. An instrument’s sound is usually designed to be experienced at a distance so that all the different elements of the sound are naturally blended into a perfect harmony. Yet often, mounting a microphone directly on the instrument is the most practical solution.
Finding and placing the microphone in the instrument’s sweet spot – or your preferred location, can be a challenge. Keeping it there can be even more challenging, especially if the instrument is moved. For this reason, close-miking requires a dependable mounting solution.
A compact cardioid microphone directly on a viola
Point a 4011C Cardioid Microphone, Compact
directly at an area of the instrument and thereby enhance a special sound, i.e. timbre, bow sounds or finger sounds.
Furthermore, the 4011C is under influence of the proximity effect, which can be used to enhance the low frequencies of the instrument and thereby give the recording more body.
This set-up is also excellent for live sound applications.