Microphones, Audio Latency, Tuning Gears, and Writing Melodies

The UU Team is back! And they're starting off on the Right Foot. With no technical problems, the guys dive right back in with Recording Tips, Microphones, and Home Recording suggestions. Aldrine asks Kahai and Aaron how their Holidays were, and makes an announcement about his own Youtube Channel. While Aldrine attempts to open a gift from a member, he also answers questions about Alternate Tunings, and playing with a Guitarist. The team discusses how difficult it is to change your own Tuning Gears, and what are some good replacement brands? Each UUer explains their process for writing melodies, and a winner for the last Songwriting Challenge is picked. The episode ends on a teaser for next week!

Ask Questions Here or Call in your Questions to our Voicemail: (650)761-0989

Questions Asked this Week:
0:00 Starting off on the right foot

3:00 Home Recording and Microphone recommendations

11:45 Right Equipment for the Right Situation, Don't cheap out on Audio

15:25 Tips for Audio Latency when Recording

23:15 Holiday Recaps

28:20 Aldrine Restarted His Youtube Channel

29:45 Can Alternate Tunings Cause Trouble for Instruments?

36:10 How do you decide what parts to play when you play with a guitarist?

41:20 Unboxing

43:50 How hard is it to Swap Tuning Gears? What are some good Tuning Gears?

53:30 How do you write the Melody to songs?

1:02:50 Live Lesson Challenge Entries and Winner

1:06:30 Next time on Thursday Live Lesson!

References/Resources for this video:
Aloha Friday - October 9, 2020 Jam Replay (Watch Aldrine play all of Noho Pai Pai)
Website - Blue Microphones
Amazon - Blue Microphones
Website - M-Audio Microphones
Amazon - M-Audio Uber Mic
Website - AT2020 USB Mic
Amazon - AT2020 USB
Website - AT2020
Amazon - AT2020

Website - M-Audio Audio Interfaces
Amazon - M-Audio M-Track Duo
Amazon - M-Audio AIR

Website - Focusrite Scarlett Interfaces
Amazon - Focusrite Solo
Amazon - Focusrite 2i2
Amazon - Focusrite 18i8 (Interface we use on Live Lessons and Jams)

Website - iRig 2
Amazon - iRig 2
Wikipedia - Digital Audio Workstations (DAW)
Website - GarageBand
Website - Audacity

Website - Zoom
Website - Zoom H4n
Amazon - Zoom H4n
Website - Zoom F1 LP
Amazon - Zoom F1 LP
Website - Zoom F1 SP
Amazon - Zoom F1 SP

Youtube - Best USB/XLR Combo Mics under 100
Website - Pro Tools
Website - Sample Rate, Bit Depth and Buffer Size

Website - Oculus Quest 2
Youtube - Pinkies Up
Youtube - Sword Art Online
Youtube - Ukuleleoversoul (Aldrine's Channel)

Uke Minutes - Slack Key Tuning
TLL Podcast #111 – Open Tunings Open Minds
UU Podcast – Interview with James Hill (James Explains Canadian Tuning)
UU+ Solos - Romance d'Amour (Open A Tuning)
UU+ - Solos - Waimanalo Blues (Open C Tuning)
Youtube - What is BEBE tuning? (James Hill)

Youtube - Lyle Ritz
Amazon - Lyle Ritz Jazz Book
Amazon - Lyle Ritz Solos Book
Merch Store - AGXAQ Strings (Aldrine's Strings)

Aloha Friday - Benefit Concert for Australia Replay (Aldrine and Aaron on Guitar)
Youtube - Kalei and Corey
TLL Podcast #108 – Campanella with aNueNue (Kalei, Corey, Allan)
Songs Made Easy – Sunday Morning
TLL Podcast #102 – When Less is More (Podcast with Randell)

Stewmac - Grover Tuners
Website - Schaller Tuners
Website - Gotoh Tuners
Website - Gotoh Stealth Tuner
Website - Gilbert Tuners
Youtube - Imagine (Aldrine's Uke with Grover Tuners)
Youtube - Chocolate Fontaine (Ukulele with Stealth Tuners)
TLL Podcast #56 – Chicken Wings and Thwip Thwip Swing (Last Hot Sauce Episode)

Youtube - Don Miguel
TLL Podcast #134 – Delightful Moon Beats (Last Songwriting Challenge)
UU+ Forum - Live Lesson Songwriting Challenge
Youtube - Imagine Someone Singing the Melody (Jacob Collier)
Youtube - Polyphia G.O.A.T.
Youtube - Making of a Polyphia Song (Strong Language)
Youtube - Next Time on Dragon Ball Z
UU+ Forum - Leave Aldrine "Spicy" Questions for the Next Live Lesson

Live Lesson Podcast Archive
Old Live Lesson Archive (August 7th, 2014 - March 1st, 2018)

Aloha Friday Jam Live
Aloha Friday Jam Replays

Post Videos to Student Review
Live Lesson Questions in the UU+ Forum
Send Questions to Questions@ukuleleunderground.com
Call in Questions to our TLL Voicemail: (650)761-0989


  1. Aloha Guys,
    Well, I want to venture into using pedals. Do you have any links, past forum posts, or other references I can check for what’s out there? I would just want a simple setup which I can use when I play in my church worship band.


    1. Hey Tony!

      Here are a couple:
      -Imua Garza talks about his pedal setup for ukulele in his master class.
      -Blog post about pedals

      Basically for a great sounding acoustic ukulele, a reliable DI (Aldrine likes the LR Baggs Venue or the Radial JDI), and a nice sounding reverb (Imua uses the Hall of Fame by TC Electronic, Aldrine occassionally uses the Boss FDR-1 Fender ’65 Reverb pedal) will go a long way. For fun, add a delay pedal to your chain, or anything else that you might find fun, but use sparingly in order to let the natural sound of your ukulele shine. Hope that helps!

      -Aaron (& the UU guys)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *