Learning Ukulele with Curt

Recording Your Ukulele

Recording Resources

A tone of great resources around the web.

The Home Studio Handbook

DiscMakers: The Home Studio Handbook - Your blueprint to getting great acoustics and professional sounding mixes right at home.

Adour — DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) • Record, Edit, and Mix on Linux, macOS and Windows

Shure - Topics

Shure Louder Magazine a lot of great information for Musicians, Content Creators, and Pro Audio.

Ultimate Home Studio , Shure , world renowned for the microphones has a great site with tons of information. Start with the blog/topics for information on live, records, studio, etc...

You can go wrong with having a few SM57 and SM58 mics around. I still have mine from 40+ years ago and going great.

Resources & Links

Audio Interfaces

Run the signal through a good preamp, preferably a tube preamp.

There is an old saying: Garbage in, Garbage out. This holds true for recording.

Sweetwater InSync Articles

A lot of great insight and information on Audio Interfaces, Recording, and a tone more.

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.

Curt's Recording Gear

Other than going to a world-class studio, which I did when recording my How About More Uke CD. THis is what I have experimented with are home.

  • Ko'olau & CS Contemporary Series Tenor Ukulele ( have two of these )
  • Pono Pro Classic Mango Thinline Solidbody Tenor
  • Adour — DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) • Record, Edit, and Mix on Linux, macOS and Windows
  • Bitwig — DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) • Record, Edit, and Mix on Linux, macOS and Windows
  • Apple iLife GarageBand
  • Apple Logic Pro X
  • M-Audio Axiom 40 Keyboard
  • Tascam Handheld Recorder
  • Monster Cable Turbine High Performance In-Ear Speakers
  • Sony Headphones
  • Mogami Cables
  • The Lyric HG™ Evidence Instrument and Cables
  • Analysis Plus Audio Instrument Cables
  • Martin Luxe Premium Instrument Cables
  • And a whole series of Shure Mics: SM57, SM58, MB7, MV7, SM71, etc... You can't go wrong with the industry proven, robust, and affordable mics.

Here is a great interview with Shure historian MICHAEL PETTERSEN by Jack Drury on the history of the SM58. I still have my Shure mics from the late 70s, several SM75 and SM58 mics. And through the interview I found out the SM means Studio Mic


Shure Microphones and Audio Electronics

Shure Incorporated is an American corporation originally founded by Sidney N. Shure in Chicago, Illinois in 1925 as a supplier of radio parts kits. The company became a consumer and professional audio-electronics manufacturer of microphones, wireless microphone systems, phonograph cartridges, discussion systems, mixers, and digital signal processing. The company also produces listening products, including headphones, high-end earbuds and personal monitor systems.

Music Software I Personally Use (Curt Sheller)

  • Adour — Open-source FREE DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) • Record, Edit, and Mix on Linux, macOS and Windows
  • MuseScore FREE Open-Source Software (OSS) • This is my go to Music Notation program I use a lot on my Mac or mainly on my Linux computer, a System76 Thelio running Pop!_OS.
  • Sibelius $$$$ • Replaced with the open-source MuseScore after years and years of use. Actually converted all of my scores to MuseScore.
  • Notion Music $$$ • Replaced with the open-source MuseScore.
  • Apple GarageBand FREE
  • Apple Logic Pro X $$$$


MuseScore is a scorewriter for Windows, macOS, and Linux, comparable to Finale and Sibelius, supporting a wide variety of file formats and input methods. It is released as free and open-source software under the GNU General Public License. MuseScore is accompanied by a freemium mobile score viewer and playback app, and an online score sharing platform. The makers of MuseScore claim that it is the world's most popular notation software.



Bitwig Studio is the single solution for realizing any musical idea across every stage of production. Bitwig was founded in 2009 in Berlin by four people who envisioned a digital-audio workstation (DAW) that's reliable, innovative, and that makes helpful suggestions — and then gets out of the way. That was the idea behind the launch of our first product in 2014, Bitwig Studio.



Ardour is a hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation application that runs on Linux, macOS, FreeBSD and Microsoft Windows. Its primary author is Paul Davis, who was also responsible for the JACK Audio Connection Kit. It is intended as a digital audio workstation suitable for professional use.


Apple, Inc.

Released with much fanfare in January of 1984, the Macintosh was the first affordable computer to include a Graphical User Interface. It was built around the new Motorola 68000 chip, which was significantly faster than previous processors, running at 8 MHz. The Mac came in a small beige case with a black and white monitor built in. It came with a keyboard and mouse, and had a floppy drive that took 400k 3.5in disk the first personal computer to do so. It originally sold for $2,495.



REAPER - an advanced multi-track audio, MIDI and video production and recording environment.

Recording Studios

Or - simply go a to a quality recording studio. There is bound to be one in your area. Check with other bands and musicians that you like their recording and see where they recorded it at.

For my How About More Uke CD I simply went to one of the best in the Philadelphia are at MorningStar Studios.

MorningStar Studios

Recording, Editing, Mixing, Mastering, Transfers, Remote Recording.

Two rooms: Neve Room and Euphonix Room.

Glenn Barratt studied music at West Chester University and is a long standing member of Philadelphia’s music scene. Glenn is well versed in engineering, mixing & mastering as well as producing and composing. He is a multi-instrumentalist and knowledgeable on just about everything related to the recording industry. His work has earned him over a dozen Gold and Multi-Platinum albums and four Grammy Awards.

Specialties: mixing, mastering, recording, digital editing, studio design & consultation

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