‘Lost In the Tress’ of nearby Chapel Hill, NC added their unique blend of strings and horns to a star-studded live performance of the 1970′s American rock-band Big Star’s album “Third” last weekend at Mason Hall in New York City. Of course, Fishman pickups were provided for the string section by yours truly, Electric Violin Shop. Read on to learn more and view a video of the performance. Read the rest of this entry »
How quickly could you be gigging amplified? It’s not as difficult or time consuming as you might think to go electric, especially if you give us a call for guidance to get you started. Nor do you have to necessarily dive into a flashy solid body instrument. Sometimes acoustic fiddlers just want a simple, reliable way to plug in and be heard, without a lot of hassle. If this is you, consider the Realist series acoustic-electric violins by David Gage String Instruments.
Electric Violin Shop customer Rick May sent along the following message and video about his recent Realist violin purchase. His experience reinforces what we know about the Realist — that it is a plug and play solution for amplified strings that sounds great and, unlike many pickups an clip-on mics, requires no difficult installation or expertise whatsoever to use. A Realist shipped with a careful EVS setup can go from out of the box and onto the stage in no time flat! Here’s what Rick had to say:
EVS customer and NS Design NXT bassist Grant Emerson recently shared with us an mp3 of his band Delta Rae‘s song “Deliver.” [Listen to "Deliver" here] I was struck by the “acoustic authenticity” of his arco bass tone, so much so that I felt compelled to inquire about his recording method. We at Electric Violin Shop are already aware of just how great the NS Design NXT-series basses sound, especially for passive instruments, but there was something additionally special about Grant’s almost cellistic bowed tone. Grant was kind enough to accommodate my curiosity with his explanation of an even more unique and innovative recording method than I imagined.
Nationally renowned string educator Scott Laird joins us to discuss his views on the use of amplification in string education. Scott is the Fine Arts Coordinator at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, where he also teaches strings and conducts the orchestra. He serves as a clinician on behalf of NS Design instruments and D’Addario strings and is a frequent presenter at ASTA and MENC conferences. You may listen to our full conversation above and we encourage you to visit the following sites for more of Scott’s teaching and materials, which are excellent resources for string educators and students alike!
Music credit: “Wherever You Are,” written and recorded by Scott Laird, from his 1998 CD Free Way