As I mentioned before, the rounded sound of my electric violin (to feel the closest to an acoustic one) was through an equalization pedal.
It’s pretty straightforward: it comes with knobs that bring up and down the low, middle and high levels. It’s going to be a very personal choice, depending on what we want to sound like, what pleases our ear, etc. In particular, the best sound for my electric violin comes from lowering the mids, getting the highs in the middle and bringing the lows up. This gives a lot of force to the sound, and it’s the easiest way to make the transition between the acoustic and electric violins.
Lastly, FXs. I’ve just started dipping my toes in them, to be frank, but I’m fascinated already. The only pedal I own is an Electro-Harmonix “Talking Machine”.
This one is rather hard to use, because each knob has its own completely different function depending on where the central switch is at. It’s also complex and ambiguous for violin because it could also be categorised as a filter. Therefor, with some of its presets we’ll have the same issue as with the wah-wah: it’s hard to find a way to get a long, sustained note with this effect.
In spite of this, it’s another one of my favourite pedals. With patience and willingness to experiment with it, the results can be craaazy! Have a listen to another one of my songs, Punto de Quiebre:
This time, the unstable sound worked for me because I had the idea of having something that was reminiscent of a child’s voice, using the same preset with short notes. This is essentially what the Talking Machine does: it generates sounds similar to the human voice with an aggregated background (regulated by the knobs) that feels like the wind’s hooting. This results in a very particular atmosphere.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any more pedals from this category (donations welcome, ahem). To mess around with the sound, I go to my trusty mini Korg keyboard, or I simply resolve to music software. I wish I could share more about the subject; all I can say is that there are tonnes of FXs pedals and I’m sure they would kick ass with the violin.
This is the End…
So there you have it! The complete list of rock violin pedals. Have you tried many of these? Did you have a different experience than mine? Got any pedal recommendations? Share your thoughts below!