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How to record a Ukulele?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by ThirdBird, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    The instrumentation for this project includes one or two vocal tracks, the ukulele with possible overdubbed solo's, djembe, and a bit of other hand percussion.

    The only mic's I have available are cheap Nady's that came in a drum package. One DM 80 dynamic, several DM70 dynamics, and two CM85 condensers.

    What mic(s) should I use on the uke, and where should I place the mic(s)?

    In the past, I have used the two CM85s. One pointing at the neck, the other at the sound hole, both about 6 inches away. My results have been weak and muddy. I would like them to sound sharp and fresh. I hope the bad sounds are more of a result of the cheap mics, rather than my skills... although I still consider myself a novice.

    I am going for a laid-back style, kind of a cross between Iz, Jack Johnson, and softer Sublime.

    Thanks for any help!

    PS - In the title, technically should it be "an" ukulele? It doesn't sound right without the "a".
  2. Greener

    Greener Guest

    Waiting for a Ukulele thread for a while. Also I think it would be an if you pronounce it OOkulele.
  3. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

  4. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Educational maybe, but not as awesome as this.

  5. Greener

    Greener Guest

    /I know I know, it's not Ukulele related.
  6. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    Back to topic, are there any eq guidelines I should be aware of if I am to close mic the uke with the pencil condenser?

    I actually have see that live version of Final Countdown before, but that other clip is pretty weird. What would you call that instrument?
  7. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    He calls it a Kazookeylele.

    Greener, what! Silence the vocalist.

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