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Your Take, January 2012

January 1, 2012

What''s your best recording trick for getting a big brass sound?
Here''s our favorite reader response. David Young wins an Audio-Technica AT2050 mic. Thanks, David!

The best trick I''ve come up with requires double-tracking (or triple-tracking!) all of the horn parts. In the mixing stage, take the best take for each horn, or the best overall take (depending on how much isolation between the different horns that you have in your recording) and set it in your mix so it holds its own, but isn''t overpowering. Feel free to add a bit of delay and/or reverb, but err on the side of dry. Now take your other take(s) and/or double-tracked takes, find the best ones, and then soak these bad boys in copious amounts of delay and reverb. Delay times and room sizes are up to you—I find delays of 100-300ms and medium-small plates work well. Now put the super-wet double tracks lower in the mix than the original tracks and pan them further to the extremes of the stereo image. This will give a huge brass sound that is both wide and deep, and doesn''t sound like the typical “doubled brass” sound.
David Young
Audio Director, Composer
Lightborne Lore LLC

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