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Sunday, November 18, 2018

#Musicproduction: When to use brass in a song

What is important to know of the brass section is always that it is especially powerful. So be mindful how you make use of it, otherwise it can dominate everything while in the orchestra – particularly higher registers.

Trumpets, trombones and tubas have roughly equal numbers of power – together with the sound progressively more brilliant when they move in the register. Keep in mind that French horns have about 50 % the strength when playing forte.
The brass are usually less flexible than the woodwind, however are an excellent option for playing dramatic swells from pianissimo to fortissimo and back again. Woodwind and brass together is a type of combination in orchestration – along with the winds can come for a rescue should you be worried about brass over-domination. The sharper brass will usually cut through, although the winds produce a soft pillow, making the sound sweeter.

Brass mutes, and stopped notes on the horn, are a handy method of adding a wider selection of tones. Muted brass creates an even more edgy, nasal sound in the fewer registers.

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