Recording Tips for Ukulele
You've been practicing and playing for some time now. Its only logical that you want to commit your ukulele-playing to a recording! Here are some tips and products to help you get a great recorded sound from your ukulele.
First, there are several ways to record any instrument, not just uke. Lets look at a few of them...
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In this type of recording, you will use a microphone (or two) and record directly to a device where you can edit and mix. The Boss MICRO BR-80 is a great example. You could record up to 8 tracks of your ukulele and other instruments directly to this machine..
This type of recording is a bit more complex at first, but very reliable and easy once you get up and running. Your microphones signal goes into an interface, like any one of the PreSonus AudioBox models, then to your computer via USB. You use a recording software to monitor and manipulate the recording on-screen.
For hard-disk or computer recording, mic selection and placement is the heart of the matter. Acoustic instruments like a ukulele sound best with condenser microphones like the Audio Technica AT 2020. These mics are more sensitive and have a faster response than dynamic microphones. Small-diaphragm or pencil condensers can work well too, but may have less bass response.As for mic placement, the standard placement would be to set the mic in front your ukuleles soundhole, about 6-18 inches out. If the sound is too bright, try placing it off-axis have it pointing slightly to the side.You can also try a stereo mic technique, with two microphones, using a package like the Audio-Technica AT2041SP pack. Put one microphone in front of the soundhole, and point the other at the fretboard. Mix the sounds together. You could also try one mic near the players ear, or both mics together in an X pattern.
Experimentation is the essence of recording try lots of different mics, placements, and settings until you get the best sound!
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