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jhunger
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To my detriment, no. I usually just write music based on whatever mood I’m in and then post it whenever I’m done with it, not really even paying attention to the day of the week that it’s likely to hit the front page.

I always totally mean to create some Christmas songs to post in November but have not managed to make that come to pass. I should try it this year and see if I can mitigate the December and January drop in sales I normally incur.

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+1 on Macbook Pro (if you’re set on a laptop over a desktop) for all the reasons that were mentioned above. I also always like to point out that the resale value of a Macbook Pro if you want to upgrade in a few years will be far better than that of a Windows laptop. From a hardware perspective, they’re fantastic machines, and will have no problem with what you’re going to be using it for.

Some things to consider, however:

- The Mac OS being more intuitive or more productive is most definitely in the eyes of the beholder (usually an ardent Mac user). I, on the other hand, lack the Mac gene, I think. Being primarily a Windows user, I have found it exactly the opposite, for many and varied nitpicky reasons I won’t enumerate here, and after 2 years of owning a Mac I can still be far more productive on a Windows box. It sounded like you’re a Windows user currently – you may want to spend some time with a Mac before making the leap to be sure it will work for you.

- Be careful about deciding to save some $$ and go with a 13 inch screen – think about what it will be like managing a project with 10 or more tracks.

- My Mac has frozen up just as often as my Windows 7 box, that is to say, hardly ever. I don’t see any evidence that one is more stable that the other.

I’d also push on the need for a laptop. Unless you’re using the computer for other tasks or need to do mobile recording, you might be better off building yourself a badass machine via parts from newegg, as Gareth mentioned.

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jhunger
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It has been a decent month for me. I haven’t hit my monthly goal of 10 tracks, but I have sold 7 and there are a few days left before the end of the month.

The great news is that I finally have a job interview! I’ve been out of work and unemployed, other than my income from AJ, which is usually between $60 – $120 a month. My savings is entirely depleted and I actually owe my parents for a coupke of months now, but I am thinking that I am very likely to get hired!

So that could make this the greatest month ever!

That is great news! Best of luck on your interview!

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Had a bit of a drop over the weekend, but overall sales have been on track this month. Not sure about a summer dead period – summer and fall are actually much better for me than Dec – Feb typically.

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jhunger
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Acoustic guitar for me as well (surprise surprise). Currently my steel string guitar of choice is a Tacoma DM 28 that’s been with me for a while – it’s got a nice big boomy tone that is nice to play (but is actually kind of hard to record, come to think of it). My nylon string is a Kremona at the moment.

Neither of these are top of the line instruments, but both are solid wood, well built and play really nicely. One of these days I’d like to upgrade both but am working on figuring out a bigger and better space for my studio first.

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jhunger
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You definitely deserve both the milestone and the feature – awesome work.

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jhunger
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Nice work! The next 500 will be here before you know it.

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Thanks guys. PianoJungle was thinking about Banjo as well. They got those guitar/banjo things but I would probably get the real deal if I was going to get one.

Jhunger thanks for chiming in, I think of you as the acoustic instrument artist here on audiojungle, was hoping for some advice from you. Thanks for the mic tip. It would be nice to have a authentically made Ukulele from one of the islands, probably could find some cool hidden gem if you go there. Ill probably grab a tenor soon, was thinking the fender one since thats only name Im familiar with but will now check into the companies you mentioned.

If you guys care I found a great player on itunes named Jake Shimabukuro, and he is really good, probably going to buy some of his stuff. Not really pop style but really good authentic Ukulele playing. Oh and PianoJungle I have the Mumford album, it is great.

I have a Deering banjo, and I’m sad to say I haven’t played it in years. I thought it would be a natural fit because I love to fingerpick on the guitar, but some of the standard fingerpicking rolls on the banjo feel very alien to me (almost backwards from the way I generally pick) and I could never do them very smoothly, or at least didn’t practice to the point where I could do them. But one of these days I’ll pick it back up – I’d love to have that in my toolbox for new tracks.

Yes, Jake Shimabukuro is amazing. I think somebody posted a youtube video of him playing While My Guitar Gently Weeps on the forums a while back – just incredible.

Also, thanks for the compliment! Though it’s only because I never learned to compose on electric or with synths :).

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jhunger
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I don’t know many artists that use ukelele

Also one other tip, maybe – I’ve noticed that ukulele is often misspelled ukelele, so when I add tags I use both spellings. I don’t have any real evidence that this makes a difference, though :).
I see what you did there ;)

LOL ! Actually I didn’t even notice it. Full disclosure – one of my best selling songs on another site has the spelling “Ukelele” in the title. I’m a little embarrassed by this but don’t want to change in for fear of affecting sales :P

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jhunger
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Hey Sophonic,

Congratulations on the ukulele purchase! I also have a concert uke, a Kala acacia (this is what I’ve been using on most of my recent tracks that use ukulele), as well as a Lanikai tenor, which isn’t solid wood but still sounds nice IMO .

I’m strongly considering upgrading to one of the big K brands, probably between Kamaka or KoAloha, and probably another tenor. From a sound perspective, it’s probably not necessary (you can get a great sounding Kala or Pono for much less $$), but my wife is from Hawai’i and we visit often, so I’d love to have one that’s made in the state and has the history, etc.

One thing I’ve found when recording my uke is that I prefer a brighter mic. I normally use an AKG C451B , which sounds horrible on my steel string guitar but makes the ukulele sound nice and airy (if I get the placement right).

Also one other tip, maybe – I’ve noticed that ukulele is often misspelled ukelele, so when I add tags I use both spellings. I don’t have any real evidence that this makes a difference, though :).

I don’t know if I can point to anyone in particular who uses the ukulele exclusively in pop based music. A couple of artists I listen to frequently, Mirah and Thao Nguyen, seem to use them now and then but I’ll have to listen again to be sure they’re not just playing high up on the neck of the guitar :).

Have fun with the ukulele! They’re great for the happy sound you hear often on AJ, but they can also be used for more sweet mellow tunes or to add background flavor to a guitar driven piece.

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