Thrumming Textures: Amped Ukulele

Thrumming textures recorded on an amplified ukulele using a single AKG C451 B....

The story

This is the third in a series of new submissions called Thrumming Textures, featuring my Mahalo ukulele. Typically, I don’t tend to like the sound of ukuleles – I think it has something to do with the range – but I appreciate their usefulness as textural, rhythmical layers. I therefore decided it could be fun to experiment with tuning down.

This library is a diatonically sampled, single-dynamic-layer instrument, close-miked using a single AKG C451 B. I recorded each note dry and then morphed it using Soundtoys’ Little Alterboy set to -12 pitch and -12 formant, put it through a GuitarRig amp and then added some EchoBoy delay to add stereo width. This can sound quite thumpy on it’s own so I also created a layer using reverb, which you can blend in using the Mod Wheel (CC1).

I hope you find this library to be useful!

For more information on how the library was constructed, check out the video below!


Leave a review to let others know what you thought of the instrument!

  • A small addition to your ambient tricks!

    This is a very, very simple patch, but it can become a very creative tool quite quickly. You can basically create your very own shimmer-like textures, and it took me a while to realise, so I have to give it away for you! The modwheel also allows you to add some depth on it, which is always welcome. My only issue is that the samples cut somehow quickly instead of smoothly fading away in the void. There is no GUI to control the attack or release though... that would have been awesome.

    Alex Raptakis16 October 2021
  • Repeating soft texture of ukulele

    Nicely repeating tone of ukulele. As always sound quality is excellent. Sound is nicely captured and it is easy to play. I like this kind of simple tone of instruments!

    Asuka Amane16 October 2021