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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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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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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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Congratulations – excellent track!

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Absolutely awesome! Congratulations!

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I like a little bit of humanization in music and will record as many things (guitar, uke, etc) as I can on my own, even the dreaded hand clapping and whistling (actually, especially those, because IMO they should have an informal, natural sound). These I very rarely fix up timing wise unless there are a couple of really bad spots.

However, because I’m not perfect on guitar or whatever there is always at least a bit of variance, so I find that if I have MIDI piano or string tracks, especially ones in the background, I can quantize those directly to the beats to make the track feel tighter but still have the unaffected acoustic tracks for a more human feel overall in the mix. That said, most of my earlier tracks, including some better selling ones, aren’t quantized at all, and it’s possible that the less formal feel was what was needed for those buyers.

I guess in a nutshell I’d say I use quantization cautiously, and for me there are always unquantized tracks in my songs. But that’s my style of music (mainly Folk, Acoustic) – there are other genres that obviously need to be a lot tighter.

One more thing I’ll add – as a piano player I’m almost always ahead of the beat. I find that I can just grab all my notes and move them slightly to the right to make them tighter with the rest of the song without any quantization at all (but it’s still cheating :)).

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We’ll have to see Madagascar as well – I haven’t seen any of them yet because I’m a Pixar snob (except for Cars 2 – what was that all about?), but my daughter’s about the right age and we owe her a cartoon after bypassing The Lorax, which looked like it would have been dreadful.

As far as I can remember, the Madagascar films are not too bad, but like you I love the Pixar stuff, it’s so good for all ages I think they really get the balance right. I have had to endure hours of cartoon stuff, I think the worst being Chicken Little, it was so awful, I can’t believe I actually paid money to see that rubbish. My daughter is now twelve and her tastes are changing but we still love watching the Pixar stuff. I’ve finally got to the age where i am starting to feel uncomfortable about some of the stuff she does watch.
Madagascar is wayyyyy better than chicken little. I didn’t like chicken little as well but that was a long time ago. But I think most cartoons by Pixar are excellent! Remember Monster Inc.? Funny, I feel young as a kid again when i watch these cartoons. :D

Pixar does produce some of the best, and Monster’s Inc. was very very good. One of my favorite movies of all time is WALL -E, if just for the sublime first 30 minutes. What I like is (usually) the storytelling and dialog are top notch – they do an excellent job of appealing to both adults and kids without being too shameless about it.

simaudio, I know what you mean about feeling uncomfortable about kids movies. My daughter is at this age between outgrowing the little kid stuff but wayyyyy too young for some of the young adult stuff out there. Same goes for books – she loves to read but is now at a level where any books that challenge her have subject matter that could make for interesting questions :).

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For the foreseeable future it’s mostly G/PG rated movies for us, so yesterday we went and saw To The Arctic at the OMSI IMAX . Would have been a great 40 minutes if not for the highly distracting McCartney soundtrack.

We’ll have to see Madagascar as well – I haven’t seen any of them yet because I’m a Pixar snob (except for Cars 2 – what was that all about?), but my daughter’s about the right age and we owe her a cartoon after bypassing The Lorax, which looked like it would have been dreadful.

I am looking forward to getting a babysitter and seeing Moonrise Kingdom, though. Maybe next weekend.

Agreed on Avatar – I tried to watch some of it at one point and got bored. Maybe if I’d seen it on the big screen it would have been more impressive.

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First of all, thanks for the information, Gareth!


From what I’ve read here, most of us use AudioJungle mainly as a form of promotion with a nice side income or as a hobby. I don’t think many of us make enough money off this to live off of. Maybe the top 10 sellers might live comfortable and then the next ten can use it as a means of part-time employment but that’s it. As for me it might cover the energy bill or part of my groceries but that’s it. I have heard stories about people getting better paying commissions out of this and did want to find out whether freelance commissions really do come out of doing this so if you are one of those lucky authors that got contacted please do share to give us a glimmer of hope!

You’re correct in my case – it’s a nice extra part-time job for me. I wouldn’t be able to live off AJ income alone, but I could live somewhat comfortably (if I were single) off what I’ll make in stock sales overall this year. As it is it’s a great way to build up my studio and put a nice chunk in savings every month. But I’m not leaving my day job any time soon :)

I get some freelance contacts – no 20K jobs yet :), but you never know what could come up. I did have a recent opportunity with my existing tracks that was a nice chunk of change and happened as a direct result of posting to marketplaces such as AJ.

As for the 100,000-250,000 jobs – to me they are not a reality. I don’t have the time, expertise or motivation to put in the legwork and build connections for that sort of work, nor can I normally work on a deadline. I personally am OK with the model we have here (multiple micro sales instead of a few big gigs) because a.) I am extremely time limited and b.) 90-95% of the time I do have is spent just in the creation and production of music, which is the most satisfying part.

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You’re all absolutely right. Given that every instrument, effect and tool that I use is a third party plugin, I think that the only reason I continue to use Cubase is that I’ve figured out where the device setup dialogs are :). I probably use 5-10% of what’s available in the DAW itself.

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