SWAM Brass Video Tutorials: Balkan trumpet sound example
If you love improvisation, you have to try recreating and playing the typical Balkan trumpet sounds. Dirty and very thin, this sound can be considered the opposite of the clean classical trumpet.
First tip, if that is possible with your controller, assign the Flutter Tongue to the after touch from the External Controller section. If you have a keyboard with aftertouch is very useful to assign some parameters that you can modulate and trigger during your performance. In this case, you can push more on the keyboard then generate this interesting and very expressive effect.
On the Play Modes find the Pipe Gesture and set it to Half Valve Transition. The Half Valve Amount set it to a low level, that is important to hear more the breath noise. Pedal Notes set to on.
In the Timbre Section set high level of Bell Resonance, Breath Noise as well and Dirtiness to get a dirty and resonating sound.
On the Pitch Section let’s move the pitch bend down range to one semitone, to be able to hear and play easily quarter tones.
In the Advanced Section find the Dynamic Pitch and Random Lips. We suggest to use high level values to build a dirty sound.