Recording Brass Instruments Electronic Musician Magazine
by David Summer
Recording great brass sounds in a personal studio.
Concentrating on recording the Trumpet and recording the Trombone, including an overview of the physical characteristics of brass instruments and how they're played.
Recording Brass Instruments, Sound Clips
Listen to all of the sound clips referenced in this article.
These include examples of recording the trumpet using a condenser microphone (a Neumann TLM-103),
recording of a trumpet using a dynamic microphone (an Electro-Voice 664A) and
recording of a trumpet using a ribbon microphone (a Royer R-122).
Also hear sound clips that demonstrate the recorded sound of a muted trumpet.
These include the sound of a trumpet using a straight mute, a cup mute and a Harmon mute.
Also hear sound clips that demonstrate how changing the position of the microphone can subtly change the way
the flute sounds when being recorded.
In addition, you can hear clips that show how doubling or tripling brass parts can strengthen the sound, resulting in a "fat" horn sound.
This set of brass sound clips shows the difference between a recording of three trumpets and two trombones,
three trumpets and two trombones with the lines doubled and panned left and right,
three trumpets and two trombones with the lines tripled and panned left, right and center.