Ukulele Recording Tips and Tricks

Recording Resources

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.

Gear And Software I Use (Curt Sheller)

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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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