The difference between the electric violin and the traditional violin


With the development of the times, the violin industry has also made breakthroughs and changes. In recent years, electric violins have become more and more popular. But many violin beginners don't know the difference between the electric violin and traditional violin, so they can't make a decision when buying an instrument. Pay attention to Fiddlover, let's find out together.

The electric violin and the traditional violin are also very similar in many places, such as the bridge, the strings, the peg, the neck, and the chin rest. Also, the techniques for using the two are the same. But in fact, they are also very different, the specific differences are as follows.

1 The source of the sound is different:

The traditional violin sound is produced by friction between the bow hair and the strings, causing the strings to vibrate. This vibration is transmitted to the violin body through the bridge, the violin body resonates to amplify the sound. It's the sound of the violin that people hear.

The sound of the electric violin is as follows: the vibration of the strings is received through the pickup, and then the vibration is converted into a digital signal, which is transmitted to the controller and effector through the wire, and finally, the sound is released through the speaker or earphone. Therefore, for electric violins, pickup is a very important accessory. At present, there are two main types of pickup, namely active pickup, and passive pickup.

Active pickup usually comes with a controller, which is battery-powered, and the sound is processed electronically. Therefore, the advantages of active pickup are low noise (no vibration of the violin box), and the ability to connect headphones or speakers. The controller can also add reverb effects. The disadvantage is: the sound is processed electronically and has the feeling of electronic sound.

A passive pickup does not require battery operation (the current connection to the speaker is enough to make the passive pickup work), does not electronically process the sound, and can directly output the original signal. So the advantages of passive pickup are: no batteries are needed, the sound is close to the primary color, and it can amplify the sound through the speaker. The downside: Since passive pickup is more dependent on the processing device and output device, the sound quality will not be as good if the device is not good. And can't connect to headphones, only speakers.

At present, there are two main types of electric violins on the market, the electric box violin, and the electric acoustic violin. In fact, in my opinion, the electric violin is very embarrassing, because it still has a cabinet, and this sound source is not necessary for it, so this type of electric violin is relatively alternative. Usually, people say electronic violin refers to the electric acoustic violin (the electronic violin referred to below is also this type).

2 The sound quality is different:

The difference in sound quality between electric violins and traditional violins is mainly divided into two aspects, namely volume, and timbre. If the volume of the electronic violin is not connected to headphones or speakers, the sound is very small, basically negligible, and will not affect other people. Of course, if it is connected to a speaker, it can have a louder sound than a traditional violin. In terms of timbre, due to the different sounding methods, the timbre of the two will also have obvious differences. The most obvious difference is that the timbre of the electric violin will have the feeling of electronic sound. Of course, it is not simply to say which sound is better, it mainly depends on everyone's preferences. Also, you can't compare an expensive traditional violin with a cheap electric violin, or an expensive electric violin with a cheap traditional violin, it doesn't make any sense.

3 Different appearances:

The most significant difference is that the electric violin can have great innovation in appearance because there is no box.

4 Played differently:

Traditional violins can be played independently without the need for speakers or headphones. But electric violins need to be connected to speakers or headphones before they can be played.

Violin Buying Advice and Recommendation

Which type of traditional violin and electric violin to choose is more important to look at personal preferences. However, according to our experience, it is recommended that if you need to practice daily, you can choose a traditional violin. For beginners, you can choose the Q033 violin outfit. The violin and accessories included in this set can meet the needs of beginners. If you need to use the violin at night or worry about disturbing others, then you need to choose an electric violin. The EA1 electric violin is more suitable. Of course, you can also look at the other, but it is not recommended to buy a more expensive electric violin.

Well, the difference between the electric violin and the traditional violin has been introduced. If you have any questions, please contact us. Follow Fiddlover to learn more about the violin.

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