Help with recording fiddle tunes
Anyone have suggestions on the best approach for recording fiddle tracks? I’m using a good quality digital multitracker to record our band and have no problems with any instrument except the fiddle. No matter what microphone type and placement I try, I get too much bow noise, making it sound harsh. I’ve tried everything from large diaphragm condenser studio mics to fiddle-mounted pickups (ugh!) with little success. I’ve also tried various effects, EQ methods, and room configurations, which help a little, but change the quality of the music too much. It’s not a problem for fast jigs and reels, but on waltzes and airs it’s really obtrusive. My bow technique is partly to blame for this, I’m sure, but I’ve tried recording some violinists who have spectacularly good tone with not much better results.
The best arrangement I’ve found so far is a large condenser mic placed 4 or 5 feet above the fiddle in a large, reflective room to get some natural reverb and delay. But the scrapy sound still comes through. Anyone know now the pros record those nice round-sounding fiddle and violin tracks with almost no bow noise?