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  1. Hello everybody, I apologize for “starting” the topic and then disappearing altogether. However, I did want to update those individuals who might consider recording themselves and forum members in general. I took some time to do more in-depth research and actually re-read all the comments that were made initially. I listened to several YouTube videos analysing different setups for the stringed instruments. I did change the setup and my Dad is extremely happy with the sound that I am recording. There is a bit more work involved HOWEVER as long as he is happy, I do not mind the work. So, to start with there is NO professional studio. Everything is done in the living room AND there are outside noises since he is living right downtown. I am using Audio-Technica AT4040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone. It is connected to Zoom H6 6-Track Portable Recorder. So, this is the setup. Since I am recording sound separately from video then there is POST-PRODUCTION involved. I have an old MAC with FINAL CUT PRO. Synchronizing video file and audio file takes about 60 seconds. This is the sample of the NEW sound. Thank you for all your help and suggestions. In hindsight I should have posted the topic and listened to several of you who posted comments AND THEN bought the microphone. A lot of you suggested condenser microphone. However, I thought I was making the right choice by buying Rodeo mike. In any case THANK YOU.
  2. Sorry about the link. I updated the link. Hopefully it works now. By the way, thank you for all the feedback.
  3. I would really appreciate some input from the forum members. My Dad is 89 and I decided to undertake a small project of recording very short pieces that he plays. Obviously, this is NOT a professional studio. This is a home setting. After doing some research I came across multiple recommendations for the RODE VideoMic Pro+ Compact Directional On-Camera Shotgun Condenser Microphone. So, this is the microphone being used in these recordings. However, after playing the recorded pieces for my Dad he tells me that he does not like the sound that much. Here is an example: Question: Those of you who play violin professionally and record the music outside the studio what microphone would you recommend? I am NOT a sound recording professional. However, I would be interested in learning what setup the musicians are using. Perhaps I can recreate something a bit better so that my Dad will like the sound. Thank you for your help in advance.
  4. I really appreciate the responses. I will correct my mistake, I will take proper pictures as per the instructions and will upload them later on today. Thank you again. At some point I thought NOBODY would respond.
  5. Good day everybody, I would appreciate ANY help possible since my initial research have not yielded any leads. I am stuck as to the best possible research tools for my mini project. This is a strange but true story. I will make it short so as not to waste anybody’s time. My Dad purchased this violin in the 1960’s in Moscow, USSR. In order to take it out of the country he had to get rid of the label so as to make sure it looks like a factory-made violin. Over the years he forgot what the label said and the original price paid. The only thing that he does repeat again and again is that it was a French master. So, maybe the original label had a French sounding name. I came across some articles on French violin makers. However, none of the images I have seen compare to the violin in question. It has a single panel on the back. Not two panels. It does have a carved scroll. My Dad is saying that it is a larger violin in size but NOT a viola. It does have a very beautiful sound. I am NOT a professional musician. So, my apologies if the above description are in layman’s terms. Thank you.
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