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Computer Music - - Easy Guide -

KNOW YOUR RANGES

Each brass in­stru­ment has a range of notes, from low to high in pitch, that it can re­al­is­ti­cally cover – for in­stance, a trum­pet’s note range spans F#3-D6, while a trom­bone takes in E2-F5. So if you want au­then­tic pro­grammed brass parts, keep each in­stru­ment’s part within its al­low­able range. Sam­ple li­braries worth own­ing will not al­low you to play be­yond this range.

NOTE LENGTH AND VELOCITY

With de­cent sam­ple li­braries re­spond­ing well to note velocity, get­ting the note length and velocity right will have a huge im­pact on your pro­grammed brass parts. If you’re not a brass player, lis­ten to how some of the ar­range­ments on your favourite tracks are played, and try and set the length of the notes in your parts to sound sim­i­lar. For stac­cato runs, keep trig­ger notes short and loud; for le­gato melodies, long and soft with min­i­mal gaps; and so on. The dif­fer­ence is no­tice­able.

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