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M3Ukulele
06-24-2014, 05:52 PM
Is it best to have a UST pickup and plug right in to your computer, iPad or phone or are some of the USB mics OK for recording. I see a Blue ball snow ball looking USB mic for reasonable price and it seems to get good reviews.
Comments?

Ukulele Eddie
06-24-2014, 06:06 PM
I asked a similar question not too long ago for the purpose of recording myself for practice and based on the feedback I received, I bought a Zoom H2N digital recorder. I got the unit and accessory pack (used but I certainly couldn't tell it was used) for $120 off eBay. Couldn't be happier. Very easy to use, very portable. And the results are surprisingly good, er ah, I should say accurate (but I'm sure it would sound damn fine if it was recording somebody who was good! ;-).

Jim Hanks
06-24-2014, 06:10 PM
You really can make either work. At the risk of SSP, my most recent track used both
https://soundcloud.com/jim-hanks/not-sure-why

The first part with the Iriguchi tenor was recorded through the pickup into a Jam interface to the iPhone. The banjo uke part at the end was recorded with a mic - might have been the iPhone built in mic or I may have used the Blue Mikey.

kohanmike
06-24-2014, 08:16 PM
I use a Blue Mikey with my iPad, which is very portable, needs no batteries (has a charging port for the iPad) and works very well. It also has a stereo in jack which I use with two Azden wireless mic systems and mini mixer when I need to get wide stereo sound. (This is a quick reply, I'll try and shoot my actual setup soon, I'm totally occupied learning/rehearsing songs for the U-Space Expo Saturday playing with the Westside Ukulele Ensemble.)

http://www.fairfax67.com/images/Blue Mikey.png
http://www.fairfax67.com/images/Azden WMS Pro.png
http://www.fairfax67.com/images/Azden Cam-3 mixer.png

Ukulele Eddie
06-24-2014, 08:21 PM
You really can make either work. At the risk of SSP, my most recent track used both
https://soundcloud.com/jim-hanks/not-sure-why

Nicely done. If I could do something like that, I might be non-stop SSP'ing! ;-)

haertig
06-24-2014, 08:30 PM
I use one of these for recording piano. I'm too new to uke to have recorded myself, but for piano I'm quite impressed (given the very low cost of this portable recorder - typically $89 on sale at local stores). Piano is notoriously difficult to record well, but this little recorder does a decent job if you set your levels appropriately, so as not to overload the mics. I imagine it would be great for uke, based on my piano experience with it. These portable recorders come more feature laden and more expensive, but unless you're a pro you probably don't need that extra. I pop the memory card out of the recorder, plug that into my computer, and use Audacity for sound editing (like when I record a recital, and want to parse out individual performances).

http://tascam.com/product/dr-05/

http://tascam.jp/content/images/universal/misc/dr05_front_sm2.jpg

Amazon has them for cheap ($84): http://www.amazon.com/TASCAM-DR-05EB-Portable-Digital-Recorder/dp/B0090XX0MS/ref=pd_cp_MI_0

Jim Hanks
06-25-2014, 02:08 AM
Nicely done. If I could do something like that, I might be non-stop SSP'ing! ;-)
You can do it. Just takes a little sticktoutiveness. The nice thing about recording is that you only have to play it right once. :p

Olarte
06-25-2014, 02:48 AM
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?64942-IPad-Questions-anyone-using-it-for-portable-recording&p=1461711#post1461711


If you want to check out the results of my ipad apogee setup check out my youtube channel from my sig. Note the lack of hiss anywhere. Note no sound editing was done on. My videos.

iamesperambient
06-25-2014, 03:20 AM
Is it best to have a UST pickup and plug right in to your computer, iPad or phone or are some of the USB mics OK for recording. I see a Blue ball snow ball looking USB mic for reasonable price and it seems to get good reviews.
Comments?

for my computer (which used to be a mac mini and now a dell lap top meh)
I use just for recording electric or acoustic-electric instruments a thing called guitar link
allows you to plug direct into the usb pretty handy.

Jon Moody
06-25-2014, 03:27 AM
I have a Yeti USB microphone (from Blue Microphones that I like quite a bit. You can use the included stand or mount it to a regular microphone stand. I find it works excellent for my needs. This can be used on the iPad as well, but requires a workaround that isn't exactly convenient so I keep it with the computer.

I also use the Apogee Jam (first gen) for plugging in instruments. It works really well on iPad or computer and the gain control on the unit itself is very handy. Never had any issues with this, and always get fantastic results.

M3Ukulele
06-25-2014, 12:19 PM
Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. They all look like good suggestions in their own wa

sukie
06-25-2014, 02:58 PM
I have 2 questions --

1. What is the easiest to use....for people like me who find technology somewhat burdensome, but necessary?

2. Olarte....how's it going?

Olarte
06-25-2014, 09:50 PM
I find the apogee products to be the easiest, you literally plug and play. Nice clean sound and makes the sound of videos from the ipad camera nice and crisp. I use the mic for vocals, or the jam for direct input from a pickup via a guitar cable. Only drawback is you can't use both are the same time.

And thanks for Asking Sukie, I'm doing ok I guess, surgery is in 3 weeks, trying to stay health and upbeat I the meantime though it's not easy...l trying to play music every day to keep my spirits up.

Thanks!
Ivan


I have 2 questions --

1. What is the easiest to use....for people like me who find technology somewhat burdensome, but necessary?

2. Olarte....how's it going?

Jim Hanks
06-26-2014, 12:25 AM
I find the apogee products to be the easiest, you literally plug and play. Nice clean sound and makes the sound of videos from the ipad camera nice and crisp. I use the mic for vocals, or the jam for direct input from a pickup via a guitar cable. Only drawback is you can't use both are the same time.
+1 on the Jam interface but you're right you can't also record a vocal at the same time. For that, you'd need an interface with at least two channels. The simplest there is probably Focusrite iTrack Solo. You don't need the Jam since the iTrack has cable input but you would need a standard XLR mic instead of the USB versions.

Best wishes on the surgery Ivan.

sukie
06-26-2014, 02:23 AM
Thanks for all the info.

Stay strong, Olarte.

whysprs
06-27-2014, 05:59 AM
i dont have an i phone but i do have android tablet and phone and found this and thinking about getting it..
http://www.monoprice.com/Product?seq=1&format=2&p_id=600200&CAWELAID=320013720000057775&CAGPSPN=pla&catargetid=320013720000011331&cadevice=c&gclid=CjkKEQjwrLSdBRDYvIL0soO4vo0BEiQABALkqaTY9T8F _dYUd7d-0a9XUjuca1RxnBneRmPBprMcdBbw_wcB

BashfulPuppet
07-30-2014, 01:08 AM
When recording onto my Ipad I use a Presonus Audiobox usb interface which I connect too the ipad through a powered USB port and a lightning to usb converter. This allows me to use any microphone and to plug in my uke. This set up works when recording video but each input is recorded as left or right channels in the recording.

I use Music Studio record in software for Ipad when recording audio only and am very happy with the results. The software has a option to record so that the left are right channels are converted to two mono tracks making the presonus function like a two channel mixer.

iDavid
07-30-2014, 02:40 AM
A Yamaha THRA or any other THR amp will act as your sound card and your monitor.

Hoodster
07-30-2014, 04:35 AM
Easiest = use the iPad's mic, which is quite good, into an app like FourTrack (MUCH more user friendly than the app version of GarageBand).

Next easiest = a Blue Yeti or Yamaha THR into Garageband on your Mac. I have both and use both without any other interface.

coolkayaker1
07-30-2014, 04:48 AM
Maybe I'm not getting a couple of these answers, and I think Hood and iDavid may be saying what I'm thinking.

The iPad Mini (2014 model) seems to have a great mic (like Hoodster says), but needs amplification. Wouldn't the simplest solution just be to play the ukulele through any amplifier and record the room-filling sound with the iPad built-in dual-microphones?

I don't know, I'm asking here. If I'm going to buy extra gear (e.g apogee, tascam, etc.) and still use cables and such, then mix it through Garageband, it just seems like the above would be cheaper and easier.

Dan Uke
07-30-2014, 08:48 AM
Since I like Zoom products, I would buy the Zoom IQ5. I own the iphone 5S and I personally think the mic is good but exterior ones are much better. I want a small attachment and it has the lightning connector. I plan to buy the mini w/ retina as soon as the new one comes out so I can get it cheaper. After that, I'll look into buying the Zoom as it's small so I can carry it around with me. Maybe there will be better products in a few months.

Below is a review.

http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/reviews/entry/zoom-iq5-professional-stereo-microphone-with-lightning-connector/


CoolK, are you talking about recording videos as well because amplification wouldn't be a problem if just recording music. If you do videos, then you would need an exterior mic. I know Chuck Moore started recording videos with his ipad mini with the Zoom IQ5.

BashfulPuppet
07-30-2014, 04:00 PM
I have a zoom h2 and have used it with good results. The mic on the iPad mini is also pretty good though not as good as the h2. What I was fighting with both mics though was two issues. The first was the tendency for the mics to record the whole room with all it's crazy reverb. And secondly the battle to balance the volume of both the vocal and the instrument with each other. To combat the first I needed better mics and this means mics better suited to studio recording. And for the second I needed to be able to have two channel recording so that I can fine tune balances in post. This was why I went for the presonus audiobox. Though to be honest it was on sale. If it hadn't been I would have probably gone for a similar product from a competitor. As it is I'm happy with the choice I made. That being said if I need a quick recording I still use the ipad mic. It does a great job if I don't need studio quality.

UkuEroll
07-31-2014, 12:32 AM
I go with Olart. I've used Blue yeti and have Misi pickups in 2 of my Ukes, but the Apogge is a fantastic bit of kit, quite a bit more pricey. But it's well worth it. Just depends on what you need it for ,