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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:20 am    Post subject: Ukulele Practice
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I had lots of problems trying to record my ukulele, but finally overcame most of them. The remaining problem is that the contact mic adhesive needs to be pressed more so that there is better acoustical contact.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

well-done
Lovely!

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks! Cool Cool Cool

I plan to make more out of it, add acoustic guitar and KS for bass.

Hmm. Seems I misspelled Ukulele in the title.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Very nice indeed. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Here's another one. I'm finding that just leaving the recorder on while practicing is a good idea. Anyway, this one is a boogie on a ukulele with too much reverb.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

And another


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

A couple questions:

All the recording done with contact mics?

What kind of strings? They sound a lot more metallic than the typical nylon.

A soprano?

My eldest has been quite taken with the ukulele for nearly a year now, and he's been noodzhing to get a studio together when we can afford it (and when he meets my requirements about school) and I'm interested in what special things we might need.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

sounds wonderful scott flower
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks PHOBoS Smile

elmegil: The instrument is a Mele Tenor Ukulele. The last two recordings were done using a new contact mic "John Pearse" with the mic on the treble end of the bridge. The signal was recorded through a DigiTech Polara reverb into Audacity. The recording was then mildly EQ processed to slightly boost bass and slightly attenuate highs.

The strings are nylon for the upper two and wire wound nylon for the two lower strings. This instrument uses the low G tuning (not traditional Hawaiian). I have a 10 band guitar EQ pedal that I want to try to preprocess the mic signal before sending it to the reverb. The mic is very sensitive and tends to respond lop-sidedly well to highs. I will also try putting the mic on the bass side of the bridge.

What I've read about ukulele is that it's a difficult instrument to mic and I can understand that conclusion.

The mic comes with two methods of installing - there is a permanent adhesive dot (circle) on one side with the adhesive covered by a sort of wax paper. I did not use that. There are also 2 pieces of temporary adhesive included which is what I used to stick the mic to the bridge. It appears to work with the temp adhesive on the side opposite the permanent. The instructions say that the permanent adhesive can be removed if not used. I've not tried that. I read from one reviewer (who seemed really pissed about the permanent adhesive) that it's difficult to remove. From my experience, the mic is sensitive on both sides. Watch hanging sleeve touching the mic while playing, it will cause noise. I play with short sleeves.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

great, thank you for the detailed reply Very Happy
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