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

DPA large diaphragm 4041s or d:dicate 4006As will ensure that you do not lose any vital information. Try aiming an omni at the sweet spot: this position will give you a good blend of strings and fingers.

Cardioid mics
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 omni mics
Miniature omnis like the DPA IMK4061 instrument mic kit offer a wide variety of placement possibilities and many live situations could benefit from close-miking with a DPA miniature, especially if the monitor level is not too high.

Miniature cardioid mics
Offering lots of gain before feedback while retaining the clear and transparent DPA signature sound, the miniature supercardioid d:vote™ 4099 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).

DPA Microphones 4099 Clip Microphone on ukulele
DPA Microphones 4099 Clip Microphone on ukulele