The Cantini Earphonic electric violin has an attractive, modern look, with a narrow-shouldered double cutaway design and a lower bout shape that will hold most standard shoulder rests. The Earphonic is a fabulous dual-purpose electric violin, with both analog and MIDI outputs.
The latest iteration Cantini pickup, the ISSP2 (Inductor-based Separate System Pickup), isolates each string’s vibrations and provides an even, balanced signal, making it ideal for MIDI output. The electronics were designed from the ground up for compatibility with the Roland GR-55, among the most popular MIDI controllers on the market. The Cantini Earphonic is one of only a few MIDI-capable violins compatible with the GR-55, and by far the most affordable.
While the Earphonic excels at MIDI it is also a fantastic analog electric violin. Whereas most magnetic violin pickups result in a glassier tone, the ISSP2 combined with Cantini’s powerful onboard preamp has much of the warmth and response you’d expect from a good piezo-based pickup system. The Earphonic is not one of the most “natural” sounding violins, but its clean tone is excellent and, as a magnetic pickup, it sounds incredible with high-gain effects.
The ISSP2 pickup, which has a separate magnetic system for each string, requires steel strings with medium electric impedance and steel. The Earphonic comes with Galli Overture, and will also work well with D’Addario Helicon or NS Electric Strings. After changing strings you may need to individually balance the volume of each string using the adjustment screws on the back of the violin, since strings with different metal content may balance differently.
MIDI Tracking & Latency
To achieve good pitch-to-MIDI tracking it is very important to have a very clean playing style that prevents spurious sounds. Clean bow attacks and changes help the GR-55 interpret envelope. PCM sounds with the GR-55 have a very low latency: 0.7 ms max. Modeling Synth Sounds and other GR-55 sounds do not have any latency.
- Special Cantini 8-to-13 pin MIDI cable
- Electric Violin Shop supplies a basic violin case, free of charge.
|Bridge||Single Unit With ISSP2 Technology|
|Body Frame||Fine Maple|
|Sound Board||Active Preamp For Each String|
|Tailpiece||Special Aluminum Anodized|
|Strings Compatible||All Steel Strings|
Aluminum and Silver strings are not compatible
|Pickup||Inductor Separate Sensor Pickup (ISSP2)|
Separate magnetic pickup for each string
Multi-pin MIDI Out
|Power Supply||9Volt Battery (Without Gr-55) or power from Roland Gr-55|
(Disconnect Jack Out When Not Using)
|Violin String Length||328mm|
|Dimensions||24in(L) 8in(W) 2.8in(h) / 615mm(L) 205mm(W) 72m(H)|
|Weight||1lb. 7oz. / 650G|