MATRIXSYNTH: OB6 does: Soft Brass

Monday, July 02, 2018

OB6 does: Soft Brass

Published on Jul 1, 2018 Kris Lennox

"I sat down earlier with every intention of recording some of Bach's Goldberg Variations, but I got carried away in making a brass sound :) The idea here was to give a sense of very soft, high-register french horns. Good sound for in a mix.

The initial 20 seconds will sound more convincing than the rest: most brass writing is two-part harmony. At about the 20-sec mark I develop into 3-part harmony; ergo the sound won't be 'convincing'. The tone is ok - it's just the texture that isn't exact. But this is ok, I was just going for a walk with it. Obvious at the end i.e. too high for French horns.

Howard Hanson popped into my head as I'm planning on recording one of his works soon. The progression you hear at the c.21-sec mark is from his 2nd Symphony - one that most came to know through the film 'Alien' - as this is what plays at the end credits. Here is a link -

The same progression can also be heard in the Orphan soundtrack. If you listen to the following link, you'll hear it at the beginning. Different key, but same progression.

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