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
- 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 On Duet for Mac and iPad
- M-Audio Axiom 40 Keyboard
- Tascam Handheld Recorder
- Monster Cable Turbine High Performance In-Ear Speakers
- The Lyric HG™ Evidence Instrument and Cables
- Analysis Plus Audio Instrument Cables
Music Software I Personally Use (Curt Sheller)
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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.
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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
Aloha, Curt, All I can say is WOW! What you have accomplished is simply incredible! All the best — Glen Hirabayashi, The Aloha Boys
Folks, if you haven't stopped by Curt's site, do so right now! ..And get his books, they are fantastic. This guy knows his stuff and is able to pass it along too. — Alan Johnson Proprietor, The 4th Peg
I can highly recommend Curt's Uke books — I have four of them and they are excellent. — fatveg — Portland
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