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Analysis and Principles for Choosing an Electric Violin

Why Choose Electric Violin?

Practice without Disturbing Others

Often, due to work or school, the only time one has to practice might be at night. Or, in the case of beginners, the sound produced might be too unpleasant for others to bear. Therefore, to practice more conveniently and without disturbing others, an electric violin can be used as an auxiliary practice tool.

Like Electronic Music

This reason is more similar to the relationship between guitar and electric guitar. Because of the cool appearance and different sound effects that can be achieved through the controller, an electric violin offered by reliable electric violin manufacturers is a good choice for those who love electronic music.

The Sound Production Principle of Electric Violin

The main component responsible for sound production in an electric violin is the pickup.

Since the body of an electronic violin is solid (except for electric box violins), the pickup receives the vibration of the strings and converts it into a digital signal. Then, the signal goes through the wire and is released from the speaker after passing through the controller and effectors.

There are two types of pickups: active and passive

Active Pickup: 

As the name suggests, it actively picks up sound and is accompanied by a controller that requires a battery to operate. It modifies and reshapes the sound during the pickup and signal conversion process before releasing it.

  • Advantages: 

    Less noisy and can obtain relatively large power output at low cost. It can be plugged into earphones, speakers, and the controller's reverb effect.

  • Disadvantages: 

    The sound has electronic flavour due to processing.

Passive Pickup: 

It does not require a battery since it uses the current brought into the speaker. It delivers the original signal without modifying it.

  • Advantages: 

    Does not require a battery and can produce fuller sound closer to the original.

  • Disadvantages: 

    Since the sound depends more on the equipment, the sound quality will be better if the equipment is better. It can only be plugged into a speaker.

Differences between Electric Violin and Wooden Violin

The important components of an electric violin are the same as those of a wooden violin, such as the bow, neck, etc. Thus, these two kinds of violin musical instruments are essentially the same in terms of operation. The only difference lies in sound quality and sound production.

Traditional wooden violins produce sound through the friction between the bow and strings, causing the strings to vibrate. The vibration travels through the bridge to the body, which resonates to amplify the sound.

However, it should be noted that some people feel that the hand feel of an electric violin is different. Moreover, the processing equipment might eliminate some unpleasant sounds such as noise, which is not conducive to practice. Additionally, the tone can affect the sensitivity of the ears.

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