Guidelines for miking the ukulele.
As is the case with all acoustic instruments, recording a ukulele is always a compromise between getting the full timbre of the instrument and isolation from other instruments or unwanted reverberation.

Omnidirectional Microphones

If there are good acoustics and no other disturbing sound sources, a precise and highly detailed omni mic would be ideal.

The d:dicate™ 4041-SP Large Diaphragm or d:dicate™ 4006A Omnidirectional Microphone will ensure that you do not lose any vital information. Try aiming an omni at the sweetspot: this position will give you a good blend of strings and fingers.

Cardioid Microphones

If more isolation is needed, one or two cardioids or wide cardioids is a good solution. Two d:dicate™ cardioid mics can be placed in XY configuration at the sweet spot.

Miniature Omnidirectional Microphones

Miniature omnis like the d:screet™ IMK4061 Instrument Microphone Kit offer a wide variety of placement possibilities and many live situations could benefit from close-miking with a d:screet™ Miniature Microphone, especially if the monitor level is not too high.

d:vote™ cardioid mics

Offering lots of gain before feedback while retaining the clear and transparent DPA signature sound, the miniature supercardioid d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphone is the perfect choice for all live applications.

The 4099V for violin and mandolin fits instruments with a body depth between 35 mm (1.4 in) and 55 mm (2.1 in).

The 4099G for guitar and dobro fits instruments with a body depth between 35 mm (1.4 in) and 122 mm (4.8 in).


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