As of yet, mic distances are not emulated perfectly from one video to the next. So each of these videos is its own booth of comparison. I am still inching towards a true representation. I am giving it more raw than ever because my equipment allows. But, just like with video, I have yet to perfect my settings. Sometimes I have altered things to be more true. It’s kind of like with photos. Lenses can distort but proportions and be corrected after. Lights can either hide or exaggerate a flaw. The post production can bring it closer to reality or take it further into the fairy world.
The key is the equipment and your knowledge of it. This is what makes post production nearly non-existent when offering true sound samples of acoustic instruments. I’m still learning and growing, but at this point we can offer you a tool in deciding. It will never be perfect. Even if I measure out a distance and angle for the mic and get Corey and Aaron to sit exactly the same, they are gonna play differently on different takes. Dynamics will vary. Mainly because they aren’t robots. They’re makin’ music! It doesn’t come from the soul through a cookie cutter! Now, the other difference is something that may be hard to decipher. Dynamics within each instrument will differ. For instance….
The Super Tenor (the one with the bigger butt…some guys like that…. I know I do………….what were we talking about? Oh yes, the ST!) with the lower bout you get a bigger sound…at times. When finger picked lightly it is actually softer than the regular body shape. But there’s more headroom once start diggin’ in with a strum.
In person, an ukulele can sound many ways depending on who’s pickin’ and strummin’ the thing.
BUT… despite all these factors that make it imperfect, this video gives you a fairly even, back to back listening of four similar models from one of the top choices for a pro level uke, Kanile’a. Now understand, one of the biggest factors in audio “coloring” is on your end. Put some good headphones on if you don’t have studio monitors. It’ll get you closer to being in the room with us.
Tell us what differences you can hear. Anything compare differently than what you would have expected? Which one did you love? If you say none then I don’t know man, you might wanna see a doctor. Nah, just kidding. Everyone can have their own taste. We don’t all like the same ice cream. But from these, which flavor did you prefer and why?