What I have available is an Oktava MK012 with omni, cardiod or hyper cardioid capsules, an Audio Technica AT4033.
Here a small image about some violin radiations:http://www.phy.duke.edu/~dtl/136126/restrict/after/10/vlnrad.gif
Quote from: Nat on April 28, 2015, 04:37:28 PM What I have available is an Oktava MK012 with omni, cardiod or hyper cardioid capsules, an Audio Technica AT4033. I would be perfectly happy with these, no need to hire.
My experience with Violin has been that close micing is very difficult because the sound up close isn't the sound you hear a few feet back (and like). Once I recorded with a SDC up close - a few inches above the soundboard on the bass side - (AT4031 or AKG 460, not sure which) and a ribbon a couple feet overhead on the bass side.The ribbon sounded great, the SDC was unusable. This was for folk rock - so a softer sound was desired.
I've had great luck with dynamics, they may not be as detailed as a condenser but can soften a harsh top end and minimize the room sound. Recently did a session like yours, living room on a fairly busy street, an EV RE55 sounded excellent. Sometimes I've gone through all the fancy mikes and ended up using a 57.