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How Loud is an Acoustic Violin?

If you’re anticipating a violin performance onstage or in the studio, you’re probably wondering how loud you can play a violin An acoustic violin by itself isn’t always loud compared to other instruments and is not the loudest instrument in the orchestra.

At full volume, an acoustic violin can range from 78 to 95 dB. That’s just loud enough to require ear protection if you’re playing for more than an hour, but still soft enough to be drowned out by a band. Fortunately, there are ways to increase the volume of your violin when the situation requires.

Assorted instruments plugged into amplifiers

But We Can Make it Louder

You might be thinking that playing your violin into a microphone is enough to augment how loud an acoustic violin can be played. While this system works up to a point, if your instrument surpasses a certain volume it can produce uncontrollable feedback. A small microphone clipped to the instrument itself is the best method for amplifying a violin, but there are better ways to improve your sound.

The best tool for amplifying violins is a violin pickup. A pickup attaches to the bridge of the violin and conducts the actual vibrations of the instrument, which can then be converted into a digital signal. This allows you to connect your acoustic violin to an amplifier much like you would a guitar. Pickups offer less feedback and high quality sound, particularly for instruments with a higher pitch like the violin. This makes it a valuable addition to any string musician’s arsenal.

Playing Violin on Stage or in the Studio

Whether you’re preparing for a performance or a recording session, being able to amplify your violin will only improve your music. Using professional violin equipment ensures that you get a reliable, clear sound that won’t be overwhelmed by your bandmates.

A small microphone might be suitable for studio violin music, but if you plan to hit the stage then you’ll want to invest in a pickup and an amplifier. At Johnson String Instrument we offer high end violin equipment and some of the loudest violin amps on the market. Visit our website to find a variety of equipment designed to take your music to the next level.

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