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Uke Rig

Discussion in 'Recording' started by ThirdBird, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    So here is my overall question:

    Design your dream "electric" ukulele setup for under $1000, preferably closer to $500, considering I already have the uke and pickup, but nothing else.

    I have an acoustic uke with a DiMarzio acoustic piezo pickup attached on the inside, under the bridge.

    What kind of combinations would be able to come up that include the following fx?

    Distortion (preferably tube)
    EQ (nothing fancy)
    Delay (tap tempo)
    Compression (nothing fancy)
    Tuner (probably pedal?)
    Others... phaser/flanger/chorus (nothing crazy)

    I don't really have any experience building guitar rigs. I don't know whether to get a combo with some pedals, or separate head and speaker with a modeler, or a rack setup with pedal board, or any mish mash of these options. I don't know which brands/models are reputable or worth it in any area. I just know that I've played with guitarists who've used a million cheap boss pedals and it sounded like the tears of a banshee. I want to get something serviceable, not necessarily loud, but with good tone. Again, here is my overall question:

    Design your dream "electric" ukulele setup for under $1000, preferably closer to $500, considering I already have the uke and pickup, but nothing else.

    Thanks! Let me know if you need anymore info.
  2. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    OK, just step back for a second and imagine some old uke player reading about you asking for recommendations for Distortion (preferably tube), Reverb, EQ (nothing fancy), Delay (tap tempo), Compression (nothing fancy), Tuner (probably pedal?) and then ending with the immortal line....Others... phaser/flanger/chorus (nothing crazy)

    Not exactly punting on the Thames with your best gel...

    Ahem, where was I?....

    Anyway, I suggest that you borrow (or buy with the intention of possibly selling) a POD or some other similar modeling device. You want something that let's you try out a bunch of effects to see if they really work for you with a uke. Yes, every effect in a POD can be replaced by something that sounds better - but each sound costs about as much as the whole POD. It's a Swiss Army Knife in both a good and bad way.
  3. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    On second thought, my dream uke rig is a widespread beech tree on a mild summer evening, a bottle of wine in a nearby stream, and a scantily clad woman in post coital bliss. Beats a distortion pedal any day.
  4. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    Bob, you are my new hero....

    If I get the pod for fx, what goes in line after it? pod is Line6 correct?
  5. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    Is the Line6 M9 ($400) or M13 ($500) worth the money?
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    Could I get decent live amplification for under $500?
    Would it be better to get a combo or head/speaker?
    Are tubes out the question?
    Could I go straight into a PA and use something like The Brick? If I did, would it go before or after the fx?
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  6. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    If you have a computer and an digital interface, I would get a copy of Guitar Rig 4 Pro plug your Uke in and go to town!
    I'm sure in no time at all you could have a custom Uke rig created and sounding pretty much any way you would like!
    But that's just my idea....
  7. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    You are probably aware of this The Star And Shadow Cinema but you might see if any of these bands have websites and contact your fellow aliens for any thoughts on ukelele transmitters.

    Another outpost Uke Got Mail ep49: Solid body ukuleles
  8. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    You have to be careful with preamps/DIs since piezo pickups are very high impedance. Not all preamps match well with them. I've had good luck with the Brick and Taylor guitars - both Fishman and Expression pickups. The Baggs ParaAcoustic DI has worked well for me with a lot of acoustics. But I'd definitely try before you buy to see how they match with your pickup.
  9. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    DJ, I was looking for studio AND live use.... that is a good idea though, thank you!
  10. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Guitar Rig and the Rig Kontrol pedal gives you the best of both worlds!
    They even have a mobile version of it with instrument input and software built into a small box.
    Again this was just something that came to my mind, in terms of modeling and reading you initial post.
    There are a lot of string players looking for effects for their acoustic instruments, guitars, bass, uke, mandolin, fiddles, dulcimer etc....Software is a very flexible and highly customizable way to get a lot of different FX and big bang for your buck in terms of sound shaping....there's really no limits now as to what you can do with this stuff....so if you want a clean dry uke sound for studio or live then yeah go with a nice preamp, if you were thinking completely customized effects system think software!
    You can use software like this for really any input, vocals, keys, drums....that's the beauty of it, it doesn't care what sort of input comes in, it will let you shape a sound from dry to whatever...and one thing for sure....it won't be a bunch of stomp boxes and cords on the floor.
    One thing you should do is find someone who has it and plug in and give it a try....

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