FixIt: Anda Union Engineer Tim Pearce

Jul 1, 2012 9:00 AM


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Anda Union Engineer Tim Pearce on miking the horse-head fiddle: “The horse-head fiddle is like a smaller, two-stringed version of the cello. One of the main problems I had using a mic on a stand [on this instrument] is that they are so energetic—it was impossible to keep them close to the mic. With up to eight of these playing at any one time, that is a lot of open condenser mics picking up a lot of ambient sound. The perfect solution was the DPA 4099C instrument clip mic, which I attach using the cello mount on the strings below the bridge. The mics sound excellent live, and by keeping them away from the openings to the sound box and close to the strings, I avoid feedback problems and get an excellent level, as well as sound. I use the same setup on an ancient instrument called the Ikil—a forerunner of the modern horse-head fiddle—with excellent results.”

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