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  • 5 August 2020

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

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

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

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!