In our Accessories 2024 supplement, the French jazz violinist shares his go-to tech accessories


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The relatively young tradition of jazz violin allows for great freedom and space to explore new possibilities. The use of technology, from electric violins to an array of effects pedals, has inspired me to push the boundaries of my musical expression.

In addition to my acoustic violin, I have been using the Yamaha YEV and the Yamaha Silent Violin ( Some pedals might not perform as effectively with my acoustic violin. But there is a tool for each situation, whether I am working with a jazz band, rock, pop or an orchestra; each scenario has its own set of challenges with the right pedal, and setup. The Yamaha Electric violins have opened territory where the acoustic violin cannot reach, offering a wider range of effects and allowing me to utilise pedals initially designed for guitars, basses, or keyboards. Because multiple microphones are inside the bridge, the response is sharper, and the pedals can be utilised to their full potential. I can also incorporate percussion into my loops by tapping on the violin without the restraint I might feel with my acoustic.

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The Electro-Harmonix Canyon Delay Pedal

The Schertler Stat V Pickup ( has been a revelation for my performances, capturing the natural acoustics of the violin without sacrificing quality. It is completely isolated from the environment and captures only the violin sound. This ensures there’s no bleed from other instruments around, unlike what one might experience with a clip condenser mic. Another aspect of the Stat V is its lightweight, which gives minimal interference with the feel of your instrument. Its installation on my violin 15 years ago really changed everything for me and got me the ideal balance between the violin’s warm, organic tones and the necessary amplification for live band settings.

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The  Schertler Stat V Pickup

The Boss RC-3 Loop Station ( has been helpful in creating music on stage. It allows me to layer violin parts in real time and make intricate, textured compositions. This looper is indispensable for my solo performances, offering a vast landscape of arranging and improvisation possibilities.

The Electro-Harmonix Canyon Delay Pedal ( (above) adds an atmospheric layer to my sound. Its analogue delay capabilities produce a variety of echoes that magnify the violin’s timbre. The pedal’s flexibility in adjusting delay time and feedback control has made it essential for creating a kind of mystical density in the sound and has brought new ideas for improvising.

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