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I had the pleasure of reviewing a couple of mini condenser mics for violin these lest couple months and recently demoed them on video. Remic is a Danish company headed by Thorkild Larsen that’s been developing mics since 1996.

Of the two violin mics, designed to fit onboard the instrument, either under the tailpiece or under the fingerboard, Remic has one that is best for large stage productions, the V5200 LB, and another that is suited to studio recording or smaller ensemble and quieter stages, the V5200. Both mics can take a remarkable amount of gain before feedback, and suppress ambient sounds while maintaining a wide dynamic and overtone range.

The previous mini condenser mics I’ve tried couldn’t take much gain without feedback forcing me to use pickups, which I don’t feel represents my sound accurately, for larger productions, or simply go without being very high in the mix using a mic. “Turn up the violin” was something I often heard, but alas, sometimes nothing could be done given my equipment. I like the fact that with these Remic mics can have a mic sound and get as loud as I need to when I need to.

If you’re interested in something that can be quickly and easily added to and removed from your instrument, doesn’t alter your instrument in any way, is compact and easily fits in your case, and doesn’t have any bolts or clamps to distract and mute your acoustic sound, Remic could be what you’re looking for!

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