|July 17th, 2018|
I wrote about how I'd been trying a sax synth from SWAM, and that's continued to be pretty good. Here's a piece from a few days ago using it: far-from-home.mp3.
There are other places, however, where I'd like more of a trombone or trumpet sound. I do play trumpet and baritone, so I could record myself playing them, and that's what I initially did. There are two tracks of baritone in the background, and one of trumpet:
As you can hear, though, I'm not that great at this. I'm especially having trouble getting punchy notes to start at the right times, but I also have issues hitting the right note and with intonation. These lines arent' all that hard, and I think if I practiced for a week I could probably do them pretty well, but there are also things I'd like to do that are just going to be too hard unless I put in an inordinate amount of effort. So I decided to buy a trombone synth from Sample Modeling. I wasn't that happy with my first version:
Too brassy: mp3
Looking back, I was pegging the breath controller to 100% much of the time, and I think this was because I had the synth output too low in the monitoring mix so I was overplaying to hear myself. I redid it with higher monitoring levels and more dynamics:
About right: mp3
Here's the whole tune: silver-spear.mp3.
I'm still learning to play the trombone synth, but I'm pretty happy with it. One benefit I wasn't initially thinking about is that playing with the jammer layout is so much more fluid for me than with the three buttons on a trumpet, so I'm much more able to improvise.
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