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electrauke
07-09-2012, 03:59 PM
I really need to find out how to get the sound of a ukulele into a computer so I can play it in a sound file. Please do not refer to any video because I am temporarily on slow internet.

bazmaz
07-09-2012, 08:09 PM
There are lots of options. For a quick and dirty take I record straight into the mic in the computer (the one that gets used for Skype etc)

Next alternative (if your pc has a sound card with a line in, is to either connect a mic to that, or if not there are lots of USB microphones about too (google snowball mic)

More professional setup would involve a dedicated audio sound card, and the uke going through an external amp and mixer into that.

In all cases though, for software I'd recommend audacity - its a free download and allows you to record multi tracks

lkdumas
07-10-2012, 04:29 AM
I solicited advice on this subject from a great Uke player and professional sound engineer, David Egan, who recommended the simple approach of plugging a USB mic into my computer and using a software program such as Garage Band, or Band In a Box, to record, save, copy to disk, etc. I got a nice MXL mic from Full Compass on-line and everything works great. Good luck with your first CD.

bazmaz
07-10-2012, 10:53 AM
USB is certainly easy, but I've never been totally impressed by latency delays and compression. Nothing beats a direct line in to a quality sound card.

webby
07-10-2012, 09:41 PM
USB is certainly easy, but I've never been totally impressed by latency delays and compression. Nothing beats a direct line in to a quality sound card.

^^^This, I couldn't agree more.

The Big Kahuna
07-10-2012, 09:53 PM
I'm currently playing around with a small condenser mic inside the Uke plugged into a Steelseries 7.1 USB soundcard, running through Guitar Rig 5, then out into my old Teac Hi-Fi with beefy sub-woofer.

No noticeable latency.

Brad Bordessa
07-10-2012, 10:56 PM
I just got the Apogee JAM for recording into garage band on my ipad, but it comes with a usb adapter too. I'm impressed so far - the sound quality is very clear. However, you need a pickup to use that option.

barefootgypsy
07-11-2012, 10:51 AM
I'm currently playing around with a small condenser mic inside the Uke plugged into a Steelseries 7.1 USB soundcard, running through Guitar Rig 5, then out into my old Teac Hi-Fi with beefy sub-woofer.

No noticeable latency.Whaaaaaat!!!! Help!:eek:

Just bought a webcam with built-in mike. This is my starting point.... and probable ending point. Sub-woofer? My old labrador loved the water.....

Tootler
07-11-2012, 01:37 PM
I use an Edirol R09 recorder then transfer to the computer and edit with Audacity. A Zoom recorder, H1 or H2 would do just as well and are a little cheaper. The H1 is quite a lot cheaper actually. All have pretty decent built in mics.

pootsie
07-11-2012, 02:17 PM
Whaaaaaat!!!! Help!:eek:

Just bought a webcam with built-in mike. This is my starting point.... and probable ending point. Sub-woofer? My old labrador loved the water.....

LOL
A subwoofer is a low-frequency speaker.

It appears Mr. Kahuna likes to rattle the windows.

barefootgypsy
07-11-2012, 11:38 PM
LOL
A subwoofer is a low-frequency speaker.

It appears Mr. Kahuna likes to rattle the windows.Thanks Pootsie! I'm way behind with the tech.... installing the webcam today - I hope!

1931jim
07-12-2012, 02:37 AM
Originally Posted by barefootgypsy
Whaaaaaat!!!! Help!

Just bought a webcam with built-in mike. This is my starting point.... and probable ending point. Sub-woofer? My old labrador loved the water.....
LOL
A subwoofer is a low-frequency speaker.

It appears Mr. Kahuna likes to rattle the windows.
I think a low-frequency speaker is a husband with brains.

The Big Kahuna
07-12-2012, 02:42 AM
Actually, I like to rattle the neighbours windows. As soon as I get a semi or solid body Uke I'm digging out the Marshalls and working on a Uke version of Bawitdaba.

pootsie
07-12-2012, 03:27 AM
Actually, I like to rattle the neighbours windows. As soon as I get a semi or solid body Uke I'm digging out the Marshalls and working on a Uke version of Bawitdaba.

Can't wait to hear it.

Although I'm a bit far away for even the marshall's to carry it that far ;)

Ukuleleblues
07-12-2012, 02:00 PM
A zoom H2 will act as a USB mic or you can record stand alone and import the file to your PC, use Audacity on your PC

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/zoom-h2n-handy-recorder

Probably find it cheaper on e-bay.