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SWAM Brass Video Tutorials: Balkan trumpet sound example 1024 576 audio modeling

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.

SWAM Brass Tutorial: how to play a Louis Armstrong-ish trumpet 1024 576 audio modeling

SWAM Brass Tutorial: how to play a Louis Armstrong-ish trumpet

Louis Armstrong is synonymous with Jazz, and he revolutionized this genre and the way of trumpet playing. He experimented with syncopated rhythms and improvisations.  

If you are looking for a sound similar to Satchmo, tweak and play with the parameters we have spotted and try to make your own sound. 

In the Effects Section, check out the Bell Angle, we recommend a value around 0.3, so you can simulate the typical jazz genre mic position.

On the Expressivity, set the Vibrato Rate to a high value, 7 or 8, because Louis Armstrong’s vibrato was very fast. Even the Attack Tongue should be close to the max.

And now let’s focus on the Timbre Section. The Bell Resonance and Breath Noise are set at a low value, the Dirtiness must be at a high level because Louis’ timbre was a bit dirty. Find your own Dynamic Sensitivity starting from our suggestion of 0.7.

Explore the Advanced Section. We suggest to set the Dynamic Pitch to the high value to recreate the typical jazz detuning. Also Random Lips should be set to a very high value.

These are our suggestions, use them as starting point! You just have to find your own sound and have fun!

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SWAM Brass tutorials: how to recreate a classical trumpet sound 1024 576 audio modeling

SWAM Brass tutorials: how to recreate a classical trumpet sound

In this new video tutorial focusing on SWAM Brass, Simone from Audio Modeling guides you through the recreation of a classical trumpet sound with the most technologically advanced virtual modeled instrument on the market. 

How to recreate a distinct Baroque sound and its characteristic cleanness? A practical example shows you the settings and parameters used to obtain just that: the Bell Angle, the Compression, the Reverb time and the Reverb mix.

How important is the expression curve to reduce the resonance on the highest dynamics? What about the expressivity parameters? 

Through a simple, intuitive and smart interface, playing Baroque Trumpets becomes easy.

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SWAM Brass tutorials: the MIDI mapping 1024 576 audio modeling

SWAM Brass tutorials: the MIDI mapping

The fifth video tutorial about SWAM Brass focuses on MIDI mapping. Audio Modeling has put its best effort to provide every performer and musician the best experience in terms of External Controller Mapping.

SWAM is a virtual modeled instrument built with the goal to be expressive. The easier you map your favorite controller, the more you’ll be able to master the sound in real-time and interact with it. 

Simone from Audiomodeling will show you several different MIDI controllers: experimenting with them will help you find the way that works best for you or your music style.  

Discover how easy it is creating and assigning a MIDI mapping to your controllers. 

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SWAM Brass tutorials: let’s talk about mutes 1024 576 audio modeling

SWAM Brass tutorials: let’s talk about mutes

In the fourth video tutorial dedicated to SWAM Brass, is focused on Mutes. In SWAM Solo Brass, they are modeled: that means that you will not select one or two mutes, but you’ll have the chance to build a mute that is just your own and identifies the sound you are looking for. 

That is possible thanks to four dedicated parameters that you can tweak to create your own sound. SWAM enables a creative and challenging approach that will allow you to get as close as you can to the sound of the Greatest Brass Players, such as Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis!

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SWAM Brass tutorials: product overview and User Experience 1024 576 audio modeling

SWAM Brass tutorials: product overview and User Experience

In the second video tutorial dedicated to SWAM Brass, Simone will help you find out more about the product and the importance that Audio Modeling has given to the User Experience.

Discover the different formats of SWAM Brass (standalone and Audio Unit plugin, VST, VST3, AAX) and explore the main screen to familiarize yourself with the interface.

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Welcome to SWAM Brass Tutorials: introduction 1024 576 audio modeling

Welcome to SWAM Brass Tutorials: introduction

The first video from our latest SWAM Solo Brass playlist introduces you to the concept behind the creation of the most technologically virtual instruments on the market. Simone from Audio Modeling will guide you through the technology, vision and features of SWAM Brass Solo instruments and the exploration of the new user interface.

Just like all the other SWAM products, SWAM Brass too has been designed based on physical and behavioral modeling technology. That means that SWAM is not only a library or a collection of audio recordings from session musicians. It is a “living” digital instrument that generates sounds according to a specific algorithm, coded to follow behavioral rules.

This is quite an exciting journey, because it will reveal all the secrets that can make SWAM Brass your ultimate solution both in music productions and live performances.

[VIDEO] SWAM Double Reeds virtual instrument in action 800 800 audio modeling

[VIDEO] SWAM Double Reeds virtual instrument in action

What can SWAM Double Reeds do once put to the test? Pretty much adapting to every single variable and nuance of a musical interpretation.

Take a look at the video made by digital entrepreneur and musician Doctor Mix and Stefano Lucato, CEO at Audiomodeling: one camera, one keyboard, unlimited potential. If you had to listen to the intro played by Lucato with your eyes closed, we are sure you’d be thinking that he’s playing a set of acoustic double reeds.

SWAM Double Reeds has a great range of expression between the staccato and the legato and is very easy and intuitive to use.

Not only this virtual instrument grants the widest range of musical nuances just by reacting according to the musician’s unique interpretation, but it can also be fully personalized: the player will customize their interpretation of a track by merely focusing on the note on velocity during their execution to control the sound attacks on staccatos and portamento speed on legatos.

This allows any musician to jam in real time  in the easiest and most musical  way, without key switches or complex DAW post production automations.

[VIDEO] SWAM Double Bass virtual instrument test 800 800 audio modeling

[VIDEO] SWAM Double Bass virtual instrument test

An expressive intro with so many variations and nuances that will leave you speechless introduces you to SWAM Double Bass: Stefano Lucato, musician and CEO at Audio Modeling, once again teams up with digital entrepreneur and pianist Doctor Mix to show you the virtually endless potential of the most evolved virtual instruments on the market.

The SWAM technology allows you to play pretty much any instrument you want simply via a keyboard and a pedal. Everything else is nothing but musical interpretation, as SWAM follows and adapts to the peculiarities of your style, delivering a unique auditory result every time.

And that’s not even the half of it: just by assigning the proper feature to the aftertouch, SWAM allows the musician to also play harmonics.

We are just scratching the surface: many expressive sound parameters can be assigned and controlled in real time: in this case the harmonics can be played by the keyboard aftertouch.

Listen to this!

[VIDEO] SWAM Violin in action with Stefano Lucato and Doctor Mix! 800 800 audio modeling

[VIDEO] SWAM Violin in action with Stefano Lucato and Doctor Mix!

What is the potential of SWAM Violin? Virtually endless and flexible to the musician’s personal interpretation, talent, style and sensibility

In less than two minutes, Stefano Lucato (musician and CEO at Audio Modeling) and pianist, music producer and digital entrepreneur Doctor Mix (Claudio Passavanti) will show you how versatile and evolved the new generation of virtual instruments by Audio Modeling can be. 

Notice the subtle variation in the sounds and the flawless movements through different sound ranges: this is what SWAM Violin can and will do for a musician. And the widest range of expressions can be conveyed simply through a keyboard and a pedal.

Lucato explains how the “note-on” velocity influences the attack of the sound when playing Staccatos and the speed of the portamento when playing Legatos: high-velocity notes during legato notes allow a quick portamento; vice versa, a low-velocity note grants a slower portamento. 

The Vibrato amount is controlled by the modulation wheel. The Expression pedal controls the Dynamic.

It is amazing the realism you can get with a common MIDI keyboard controller and a pedal!