String and Wind Instrument Microphones
From the single Stradivarius violin of Joshua Bell to the entire string ensemble of the Philly POPS 65-piece orchestra, our microphones satisfy the preeminent standards set in classical music. The best string instrument microphone must capture and convey the frequency response of the entire spectrum of the instrument. Point Source mics sonically produce closest to the original sound even without EQ, and accomplishes it in a miniature-sized capsule.
Philly Pops Cirque Goes to the Movies
Photo Credit: Bachrach Photography
Joshua Bell Live at Lincoln Center
Photo Credits: van der Voorden
Game of Thrones Live Concert
Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
Photo credits: van der Voorden
Malleable Mic Placement
There is a practicality of using a headset microphone for many types of wind instruments when it is necessary to get the mic very very close to the mouth. The extendable length on the booms of our headset microphones allow for adjustments to place the microphone at just the right angle no matter the style of instrument. The collapsible earhooks make the headset microphone incredibly compact for transportation and with hectic schedules and touring, it’s important to have a headset microphone able to withstand the rigors of travel.
Clearly Out of Sight!
Lavalier microphones are commonly used to mic instruments such as violins and violas, but sometimes the bar is high when its “hands-off” for high-priced instruments, and the aesthetic demands of live television prohibit a headset microphone. Under these challenging conditions, EMBRACE provides the instrument-free mic’ing technique of a headset microphone with the clever concealment of a lavalier microphone. The sound engineer for the world-famous, Grammy Award–winning violinist Joshua Bell used EMBRACE and provided praise: "It was stunning! Certainly live, it was amazing. The recording engineer couldn't believe how great [EMBRACE] sounded."
Double Duty Headset
Although headset microphones were originally designed for vocal performers, sometimes performances contain vocals as well so why mount a microphone on the instrument when a headset does double duty amplifying vocals and the instrument? Our headset microphone booms are easy to adjust and position and they can capture and convey the frequency response of the entire spectrum of violins. The standards in the classical music sector are stringent — the microphone must be able project the complex overtones of the violins, as well vocals, while not altering their natural acoustic characteristics.
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Microphone Feature Key
Look for these symbols on each of the microphone info sections to help you identify the most important microphone features for your application. Depending on the room acoustics, the specific use and the number of users, you may need one or more microphone options to include in your toolbox.