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Recording Your Ukulele

Resoruces and links for recording your ukulele for posterity.

Recording Resources

Focusrite Scarlett Solo (3rd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools

One of the best performing mic preamps the Scarlett range has ever seen, now with switchable air Mode to give your recordings a brighter and more open sound. One high-headroom instrument input to plug in your guitar or bass. Two hum-free balanced outputs provide clean audio playback.

PreSonus AudioBox USB 96 2x2 USB Audio Interface

One of the best performing mic preamps the Scarlett range has ever seen, now with switchable air Mode to give your recordings a brighter and more open sound. One high-headroom instrument input to plug in your guitar or bass. Two hum-free balanced outputs provide clean audio playback.

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.

My Recording Gear

  • American Archtop Collector Series 7 String FOR SALE
  • Ko'olau & CS Contemporary Series Tenor Ukulele ( have two of these )
  • Pono Pro Classic Mango Thinline Solidbody Tenor
  • Apple iLife GarageBand
  • Apple Logic Pro X
  • Apogee One Duet for Mac and iPad
  • M-Audio Axiom 40 Keyboard
  • Tascam Handheld Recorder
  • Monster Cable Turbine High Performance In-Ear Speakers
  • Mogami Cables
  • The Lyric HG™ Evidence Instrument and Cables
  • Analysis Plus Audio Instrument Cables

Music Software I Personally Use (Curt Sheller)

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 disks—the first personal computer to do so. It originally sold for $2,495.

Sibelius Software

The latest generation of the world’s best-selling music notation software, Avid® Sibelius® 7 is sophisticated enough to meet the demands of top composers, arrangers, and publishers, yet simple enough for beginners and students. Work quickly with the brand-new, task-oriented user interface.

Notion Music

Notion Music products allow musicians of all levels and genres to use their computers or iPad’s to compose, playback, and experience music creation with an ease and simplicity that is unprecedented in the industry. We are dedicated to perfecting music creation software, combining a fervent passion and vast musical knowledge with sounds of finest musicians and best recording technology in the world. Founded in 1998 as VirtuosoWorks, Notion Music, Inc has received numerous awards recognizing the innovative vision of its software. In 2013 PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc purchased the assets of Notion Music, Inc

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

Quick Links

  • Apple Hot Deals on - Audio/MIDI
  • Recording on Shoestring Budget - [ link ]
  • Harmony Central Recording Links
  • Yahoo - Recording
  • How to Mic and Record a Ukulele - Here's a guide to miking and mixing the ukulele for an authentic, fully realized sound - link

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The price for Unlimited Forever access is right around the cost of a few months of private lessons. I can guarantee that is more material on-line to keep you busy for a long, long time. And, you get all of my books for FREE. That along is more than the cost of this plan.

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Just browsing over both books, they look fantastic! I'm a guitarist and uke player for over 25 years and was thinking about writing a ukulele book but you've already written what I think are the best, most comprehensive and thorough books I've ever seen for the instrument. I just might end up buying every book you've written and I'll be giving my highest recommendation for your books to my friends and students. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great books!Peter Rhee

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