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Single mic recording of a Tahitian Song, Te Vai Nui, at the home studio. Logic 9, Rode NT1-A mic, live recording of ukulele, vocal (same person) and acoustic guitar. Did it just as preparation for a then-upcoming Tahitian dance and music gala -- the singer didn't have a decent recording of herself.
A while back I read some interesting posts on GearSlutz.com about how to record full bands (usually 3-4 piece rockabilly) with a single mic, and basically using musician placement to do the mix. Since this was a pretty simple piece, and since the person singing and playing was still fairly new to playing, I thought it would take a lot longer than needed to try to lay down a ukulele track and then fine-tune vocals on top. As she was already used to strumming and singing at once, I figured it was best to just work with that.
So Bea is on ukulele and vocals, and I'm on acoustic guitar a few feet behind. I think it actually mixed quite well. Originally this was supposed to be a practice take to ensure levels were right but since Bea seemed like she was feeling it, I just let the "tape" roll until we were finished. So not many one-take operations in the studio, but I guess for demo purposes, this was one. For the show, we also had a drummer, so next time we'll have to multitrack the whole thing -- or I may just have the drummer follow along with this and add that in.
The song Te Vai Nui is basically extolling the virtues of the island life and of the teachings from the elders, and reminding that these teachings should be passed down to future generations.