How to record a Ukulele?

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

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  1. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

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    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

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    [youtube:5cab4daf33]http://www.youtube.com/v/PfK-UzQ48JE[/youtube:5cab4daf33]
    Waiting for a Ukulele thread for a while. Also I think it would be an if you pronounce it OOkulele.
     
  3. ThirdBird

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    Educational!
     
  4. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

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    Educational maybe, but not as awesome as this.

    [youtube:4f923433b1]http://www.youtube.com/v/XAg5KjnAhuU[/youtube:4f923433b1]
     
  5. Greener

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    [youtube:ae207c3270]http://www.youtube.com/v/FjeMDvCdrtc[/youtube:ae207c3270]
    /I know I know, it's not Ukulele related.
     
  6. ThirdBird

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    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

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    He calls it a Kazookeylele.

    Greener, what! Silence the vocalist.
     

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