Ukulele Video Comparison

I’ve seen a quite few ukulele comparison videos on YouTube, sometimes comparing ukes, sometimes comparing strings. The thing that I always struggle with though is the gap between the comparison – the bit where the put down one uke and pick up the next. My attention span is so short I forget what I’ve heard and struggle to compare. So I figured I’d try and edit one together that directly compared a couple of ukuleles…

The Comparison

For the video I’m pitting an Octopus Soprano against an Ohana SK-25. Let me get this out there, this is not a fair comparison. The Ohana SK-25 costs around £130 and the Octopus around £25. The spec is completely different. The only thing that is the same is the Aquila strings. Then again, there’s no real message to this other than have a listen and see what you think. I’m not trying to say one is better than the other. I like them both for different reasons. Really I was just having a play and seeing if I could manage the edit.

The kit

Nothing special here, filmed with an old iPhone with a very, very cheap mic connected to it. I could do with a better mic but the last one I bought isn’t much use. If anyone has any recommendations on cheap but decent mics please let me know! I’ve since bought a Blue Snowball ICE microphone which I use for pretty much all my recordings now.

I’m pretty pleased with the way the video came out although the editing was more of a pain than I wanted it to be. I had to desert my usual quick and dirty iMovie as I couldn’t work out the best way to overlay the clips. Let me know what you think.



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