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Re: Recording a Viollin
Author: Posted by Tom
Date: 04/24/2004

I agree entirely with Mike Pappas' question. Without knowing what you feel is 'wrong' it is hard to know what might deliver more pleasing results.
However, without waiting for more information, I offer two thoughts:
1) Generally, large capsule mics like the 414 are less favored for classical group recording than small capsule mics. Try the Sennheiser MKH series of wonderful sounding small capsule mics.
2) I imagine (ahead of your answer to Mike's question) that you may be getting recordings that sound too bright, brittle or even shrill with the described instruments, material and mics. (All this analysis without even knowing about your venue, placement, etc.) That would be one expectation from the 414-TLII in your situation.
The 414-TLII is a fine mic, don't misunderstand my comments. But it is not often thought of for the application you describe.
In the Neumann 'family', my first suggestion remains for the Sennheiser MKH mics, and second, try the TLM-170R (Sennheiser owns Neumann). For a very different, but equally high quality sound, experiment with the U-87Ai.
That word, 'experiment' is key to the exercise. Mics are like musical instruments, and need to be selected to fit the environment, placement within the environment, placement relative to the talent, instruments being recorded, and material being recorded. It is often true that an excellent instrument for some purposes is totally wrong for other purposes. This may be what you are experiencing with your 414-TLIIs.
Cordially, Tom  
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