Ukulele Recording Tips and Tricks

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Here is my collection of recording tips, tricks and gear.

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Recording Resources

Gear And Software I Use (Curt Sheller)

Headphones & In-ear Monitors

One Mic Recording & Performance

Quick Links

  • Apple Hot Deals on Audio/MIDI
  • Recording on Shoestring Budget - [ link ]
  • Harmony Central Recording Links
  • Yahoo - Recording
  • How to Mic and Record a Ukulele - Here's a guide to miking and mixing the ukulele for an authentic, fully realized sound - link

Recommended Gear for Recording Ukulele

Beyond some sort a USB or Firewire computer interface, recording software and decent microphones there is some gear and other goodies that will make your recording life easier.

Pre-Amp - In general, the function of a preamp is to amplify a low-level signal to line-level. A list of common low-level signal sources would include a pickup, microphone, turntable or other transducer. Equalization and tone control may also be applied.

Compressor - Compressors and limiters are specialized amplifiers used to reduce dynamic range, the span between the softest and loudest sounds.

Recommended Gear for Recording Ukulele

Getting your uke to tape, disc, 1010101010101 and more…

Beyond some sort of a USB or Firewire computer interface, recording software and decent microphones there is some gear and other goodies that will make your recording life easier.

Pre-Amp - In general, the function of a preamp is to amplify a low-level signal to line-level. A list of common low-level signal sources would include a pickup, microphone, turntable or other transducer. Equalization and tone control may also be applied.

Compressor - Compressors and limiters are specialized amplifiers used to reduce dynamic range, the span between the softest and loudest sounds.

Here are some tips and tricks for recording ukulele I've picked up from research

Other than going to a well equipped commercial recording studio. It is relatively cheap to set up home recording using a computer. All it takes is a microphone, recording software and an interface to get the instrument to the computer.

See Recording Gear page for companies that I have gotten recommendations and information on.

From Curt Sheller

Here is are a few recordings using Apple's GarageBand and a G-String Ukulele.

Giant Steps, solo ukulele

An island flavored improv over a I VI IV V progression in G major [G Em C D (D7)]

My Recording Gear

  • American Archtop Collector Series 7 String
  • Ko'olau & CS Contemporary Series Tenor Ukulele
  • Koa Tenor Fluke
  • Apple iLife GarageBand
  • M-Audio Axiom 40 Keyboard
  • Samson Zoon H4n Handheld Recorder
  • Monster Cable Turbine High Performance In-Ear Speakers
  • The Lyric HG™ Evidence Audio Cables

From Jon Prown

Highslide JSI record directly into a Sony PCM D1 Portable Digital Recorder--a rather expensive but very easy to use unit that has two high quality condenser mics set in an X-Y pattern and records WAV files--and then master with Ozone 3 software.

Jon has recordings at: www.UkeLand.com

Here is a recording of the Beatles Eleanor Rigby

Eleanor Rigby

Here is a solo uke arrangement for a low "G", C Tuned uke I created a few years back: Eleanor Rigby


Web Links

Here's a link to a detailed discussion of some of the acoustic recording choices:

  • Acoustic Player Magazine - link

Music Notation Software

Sibelius Software

Sibelius Software
Avid Corporate Headquarters
One Park West
Tewksbury, MA 01876
USA
United States
Tel: 978-640-6789
Fax: 978-640-3366

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from the Sibelius Software web site

The latest generation of the world’s best-selling music notation software, Avid® Sibelius® 7 is sophisticated enough to meet the demands of top composers, arrangers, and publishers, yet simple enough for beginners and students. Work quickly with the brand-new, task-oriented user interface. Experience your scores in stunning clarity with the exclusive, professional-quality sound library. Collaborate more easily thanks to full MusicXML interchange support and other sharing options. And view beautiful, print-quality scores with advanced typography and graphics support. Designed by musicians for musicians, Sibelius 7 is the fastest, smartest, easiest way to write music. You can even take your scores on the go with the Avid Scorch® app for iPad.

This is the music notation program that I have been using for years. I gave up on Finale and Sibelius was so much easier to use and the learning curve was not as steep.

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Notion Music

NOTION Music, Inc.
2302 West Meadowview Road
Suite 200
Greensboro, NC 27407
USA
Phone: (336) 275-2994
Toll Free: (866) 398-2994
Fax: (336) 275-9654

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from the Notion Music web site

Notion Music products allow musicians of all levels and genres to use their computers or iPad’s to compose, playback, and experience music creation with an ease and simplicity that is unprecedented in the industry. We are dedicated to perfecting music creation software, combining a fervent passion and vast musical knowledge with sounds of finest musicians and best recording technology in the world.

Founded in 1998 as VirtuosoWorks, Notion Music, Inc has received numerous awards recognizing the innovative vision of its software. In 2013 PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc purchased the assets of Notion Music, Inc

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Make Music

7615 Golden Triangle Drive
Suite M
Eden Prairie, MN 55344-3848
USA
Tel: 952-937-9611
Fax: 952-937-9760

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from the Make Music web site

MakeMusic, Inc., a Minnesota corporation, is a world leader in music technology whose mission is to enhance and transform the experience of making, teaching, learning, and performing music. For more than 20 years, Finale has been the world standard for music notation software.

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Recording Gear

ART Pro Audio

Applied Research and Technology

Yorkville Sound
550 Granite Court
Pickering, Ontario
Canada L1W 3Y8
Phone (905) 837-8481
Fax (905) 839-5776

Yorkville Sound USA
4625 Witmer Industrial Estate
Niagara Falls, NY
USA 14305
Phone (716) 297-2920
Fax (716) 297-3689

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from the ART Pro Audio web site

Former employees of the original MXR Innovations created ART, which has become one of the world’s largest signal processing manufacturers. ART engineers have been developing products for the music industry for nearly 30 years. Cool items like the original MXR Phase 90, the original MXR Flanger (the Eddie Van Halen sound) and the MXR 175 Rackmount Delay (the one guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson uses) were created by an ART Engineer!

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Apple, Inc.

1 Infinite Loop
Cupertino, CA 95014
USA

408.996.1010

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from the Apple, Inc. web site

Released with much fanfare in January of 1984, the Macintosh was the first affordable computer to include a Graphical User Interface. It was built around the new Motorola 68000 chip, which was significantly faster than previous processors, running at 8 MHz. The Mac came in a small beige case with a black and white monitor built in. It came with a keyboard and mouse, and had a floppy drive that took 400k 3.5in disks--the first personal computer to do so. It originally sold for $2,495.

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Audacity

[email protected]

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from the Audacity web site

Audacity, not only is it easy to use, but it’s free.

(Mac & Cross-platform) The Free, Cross-Platform Sound Editor

Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.

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M-Audio

5795 Martin Rd.
Irwindale, CA 91706
USA
tel: (626) 633-9050
fax: (626) 633-9060

M-Audio is an Avid company

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from the M-Audio web site

M-Audio, a business unit of Avid Technology, Inc, is a leading provider of creative tools for computer-centric musicians and audio professionals. Founded in 1988, the Company now has independent offices in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France and Japan. M-Audio is the driving force in the industry empowering musicians to create, perform and record with complete mobile hardware/software solutions that have forever changed when, where and how music is made.

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Pre Sonus

PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc.
7257 Florida Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
USA
Phone: 225-216-7887
Toll Free: 800-750-0323
Fax: 225-926-8347

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from the Pre Sonus web site

Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics has become known for delivering professional quality audio products at affordable prices to audio professionals, musicians and hobbyists around the world. The PreSonus staff in the sales, engineering, and customer service departments all have years of experience in professional audio as musicians and sound engineers which brings passion for music-making to every facet of the company. PreSonus founder and President Jim Odom is credited with two RIAA Certified Gold Records, one Certified Platinum Record along with two Ampex Golden Reel Awards as a musician/producer/engineer.

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Samson Technologies Corp.

Samson Technologies Corp.
45 Gilpin Avenue
Hauppauge, NY 11788
USA

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from the Samson Technologies Corp. web site

Samson began 26 years ago as an audio technology company designing wireless microphone systems. Today, we are an industry leader with three distinct brands: Samson, Hartke and Zoom. Over 350 products designed and distributed by Samson are sold in 106 countries throughout the world.

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Sound Tech Pro Audio

US Music Corporation
444 E. Courtland St.
Mundelein, IL 60060
USA
Phone: 1-800-US-SOUND

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from the Sound Tech Pro Audio web site

With the Professional Audio market constantly changing, there is now an ever-growing demand for companies to deliver Price, Power & Performance. The new SoundTech line has taken ideas & feedback from the best sources around the world to develop the “Market’s Most Affordable & Professional Pro-Audio Line” to date.

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Tascam TEAC Professional

TEAC Corporation 1-47 Ochiai
Tama-shi
Tokyo 206-8530
Japan 
Phone: +81-42-356-9100
Fax: +81-42-356-9105

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from the Tascam TEAC Professional web site

TEAC AMERICA, INC. is the largest subsidiary of Tokyo-based TEAC Corporation, a billion-dollar global corporation and a world leader in recording technology for over five decades.

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Recording Tips

Flute

Ocarina

The Ocarina is a flute like instrument so a lot of the same issues that area associated with recording the flute and other wind instruments apply.

  • Recording Ocarina.

    The Mountain Ocarinas Forum (www.OcarinaBoard.com) has information on recording the ocarina.

Guitar

Ukulele

Sites, Magazines with Tips and On-line Resources

Recording Magazine

Music Maker Publications
5408 Idylwild Trail
Boulder, Colorado 80301
USA
Phone: 303-516-9118

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from the Recording Magazine web site

Recording Magazine is a monthly magazine published in the United States, available by subscription and distribution throughout North America. You can find the magazine in major bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Borders, college and university bookstores, as well as music retailers like Guitar Center and Sam Ash.

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Great Articles

Vocal Tips

  • Microphones 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Macs and Mics - link
  • Audio 101: Reducing Room Noise | iStockphoto.com - link

Brian Moore Guitars

iGuitar, Inc.
290 Main Street - Suite #3
Cold Spring, NY 10516
USA
Phone 845-809-5347
Fax 845-808-5348

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from the Brian Moore Guitars web site

Brian Moore Guitars was founded in June of 1992 by Patrick Cummings, Brian Moore and Kevin Kalagher.

The first part of Brian Moore Guitars history begins in 1991, when Brian Moore, who was working as an assistant to Ned Steinberger, at Steinberger Sound, met Patrick Cummings, who was hired by Gibson Guitars, as General Manager of several Gibson divisions including Steinberger.

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Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC)

8860 E. Chaparral Road, Suite 100
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
SUA
Telephone: 480.596.9690
Fax: 480.596.1384

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Funky Frets, Boyertown PA USA

Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) brand.

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from the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) web site

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) is the world’s leading guitar manufacturer, and its name has become synonymous with all things rock ‘n’ roll. Iconic Fender® instruments such as the Telecaster®, Stratocaster®, Precision Bass® and Jazz Bass® guitars are known worldwide as the instruments that started the rock revolution, and they continue to be highly prized by today’s musicians and collectors.

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Godin Guitars

19420 Avenue Clark-Graham
Baie d’Urfé, Quebec H9X 3R8, Canada
Phone: 514-457-7977
Fax: 514-457-5774

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from the Godin Guitars web site

Made in Canada - Being able to say these words and truthfully mean it, is something we are very proud of in this day and age. All of our acoustic and Richmond guitars are made in Canada from start to finish. Canadian Made also applies to our Godin electric guitars, which originate from parts hand-crafted in Quebec Canada, with final assembly in Quebec and Berlin New Hampshire.

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Line 6

Line 6, Inc.
26580 Agoura Road
Calabasas, CA 91302-1921
USA
Main Phone#: (818) 575-3600
Main Fax#: (818) 575-3601

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from the Line 6 web site

Most non-musicians are likely unaware that the past fifty years of guitar amplifier technology has had a more significant impact on the history of rock music than the electric guitar itself. Each individual amp and effect design was created to distort and color the guitar signal in a different way, contributing significantly to why the guitar sounds of the Beatles were so different from Jimi Hendrix or Pink Floyd. Both the subtle and overt differences between the many types (and even specific serial numbers) of amps and effects, became cherished tonal signatures that were sought after for the particular sonic mood that they might inspire.

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You Rock Guitar

Inspired
4590 Ish Drive #130
Simi Valley, California 93063
USA
Phone: (949) 954-5370

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from the You Rock Guitar web site

The You Rock Guitar is a state-of-the-art digital guitar. It combines an incredibly fast and accurate MIDI guitar controller with a powerful synthesizer in a compact, travel-friendly design.

The You Rock Guitar is an incredibly fast and accurate MIDI guitar, a powerful guitar synthesizer that has super connectivity.

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Monster Cables

455 Valley Dr.,
Brisbane, CA 94005
USA
Phone: 415 840-2000 / Fax: 415 468 0311

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from the Monster Cables web site

Instrument and audio cables. The first step up in a quality cable most players will make from the crappy cables that come with beginner guitars. A quality cable does make a difference.

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Ultimate Ears by Logitech

Logitech, Inc.
Americas Headquarters
6505 Kaiser Dr.
Fremont, CA 94555 USA
+1 510-795-8500

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from the Ultimate Ears by Logitech web site

The Custom UE 11 Pro is the most sophisticated professional monitor available – it’s the best we have ever created. It combines a quad armature speaker configuration with a three-way crossover – an industry first. The UE 11 Pro features a dual driver subwoofer that tightly and fully details the lows, a dedicated driver for the mid range that is dynamic and clean and a tweeter that produces crystal clear highs. The result is a total acoustic immersion that conveys every detail and emotional nuance to the listener.

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Additional Resources & Links

  • Headphone Room - link

    Their site has a nice Selection Guide and Learning Center

Audio Technica

Audio-Technica U.S., Inc. 
1221 Commerce Drive
Stow, Ohio 44224
USA
Tel: 330-686-2600

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from the Audio Technica web site

Established in 1962, Audio-Technica is a worldwide group of companies devoted to the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of problem-solving audio equipment. Initially known for state-of-the-art phonograph cartridges, A-T now creates high-performance microphones, headphones, wireless systems, mixers and electronic products for home and professional use.

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Blue Microphone

5706 Corsa Avenue, Suite 102
Westlake Village, CA 91362-4057
USA
Toll Free: 818-879-5200
Fax General): 818- 879-7258
Fax (Sales): 818-879-7259

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from the Blue Microphone web site

Blue Microphones was founded in 1995 with the belief that technical innovation and cutting-edge design can combine to create a family of audio tools that not only look inspiring, but sound like nothing else on the planet. Building on years of repairing and improving classic Golden Age microphones, and recognizing advances in digital processing (extended frequency response, dynamic range, and project recording capability,) Blue fundamentally changed the way microphones are imagined, creating a line of mics with custom-designed sonic signatures that make each Blue microphone truly unique and perfectly situated to take advantage of today’s increased digital bandwidths. Or to put it simply: the perfect analog devices for the digital age.

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Nady Systems

701 Shellmound Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
USA
Phone: (510) 652-2411

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from the Nady Systems web site

Nady Systems has been designing, manufacturing, and marketing wireless microphones since 1976. One of the first wireless innovators, Nady has sold millions of wireless systems worldwide, and continues to provide some of the most innovative/ highest performing products on the market at the most competitive prices.

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RØDE Microphones

International Headquarters 
107 Carnarvon Street
Silverwater
N.S.W. 2128
Australia
Tel +61 2 9648 5855
Fax +61 2 9648 2455

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from the RØDE Microphones web site

RØDE Microphones evolved from the Freedman Group of Companies, established in 1967 by Henry and Astrid Freedman, after immigrating to Australia from Sweden.

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Royer Labs

Royer Labs, Inc.
2711 Empire Avenue
Burbank, CA 91504
USA
Tel (818) 847-0121

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from the Royer Labs web site

Royer Labs was formed in 1998 to bring David Royer’s unique, modern ribbon microphone designs to the world. When we first opened our doors, ribbon mics had been largely forgotten, but the R-121 and SF-12 quickly captured the imagination of recording enthusiasts around the world. This new generation of ribbon microphones proved to be a perfect match to the rise in popularity of digital recording, as engineers rediscovered their warmth, analog feel and smooth sound. Today, Royers are found in studios and on live stages around the world.

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Samson Technologies Corp.

Samson Technologies Corp.
45 Gilpin Avenue
Hauppauge, NY 11788
USA

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from the Samson Technologies Corp. web site

Samson began 26 years ago as an audio technology company designing wireless microphone systems. Today, we are an industry leader with three distinct brands: Samson, Hartke and Zoom. Over 350 products designed and distributed by Samson are sold in 106 countries throughout the world.

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Shure Microphones and Audio Electronics

Shure Incorporated
5800 West Touhy Avenue
Niles, IL 60714-4608
USA
Phone: +1(847) 600-2000
Toll Free: (U.S. only) +1(800) 25-SHURE
Fax: +1(847) 600-1212

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from the Shure Microphones and Audio Electronics web site

Shure Incorporated is an American corporation originally founded by Sidney N. Shure in Chicago, Illinois in 1925 as a supplier of radio parts kits. The company became a consumer and professional audio-electronics manufacturer of microphones, wireless microphone systems, phonograph cartridges, discussion systems, mixers, and digital signal processing. The company also produces listening products, including headphones, high-end earbuds and personal monitor systems.

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Additional Resources & Links

  • Microphones 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Macs and Mics - link
  • Audio 101: Reducing Room Noise | iStockphoto.com - link

One Mic Stand

Here is a link to an article on titled One Mic Stand from musician Del Rey's web site.

Here are links to the microphones mentioned in the article and good for the one mic texhnique:

Additional Links

You Control Your Sound

With a single mic setup you are your own sound man. You mix your own sound. You are not at the mercy of some random sound guy not familiar with your music. You simply control your sound by your proximity to the mic on stage. Louder, move in. Quieter, move out.

Band and Artists Using a One Mic Setup

  • Boulder Acoustic Society

    I Boulder Acoustic Society the perform at the the 2007 New York Uke Fest using this set up and the sound was great. The where pros at moving in and out to control the sound.

  • Tripping Lily

    I saw Tripping Lily perform at the the 2009 New York Uke Fest using this set up and the sound was great. Another band that has mastered the moving in and out to control the sound.

  • Del Ray

    Del Rey is a blues and ragtime singer (and occasional songwriter), guitarist and ukulele player. Starting with classical music at the age of 4, she was transfixed by her first blues album and played blues and jazz ever since. She was influenced by the blues musicians Sam Chatmon, Bo Carter and Memphis Minnie[1]. Del Rey lives in Seattle, Washington and tours internationally.

Thanks for visiting and checking out the site!

Content is always being added and updated. So check-in often. Thanks, Curt

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