Horns and percussion:
Below are the pedal settings I used for the video “Fanfare for the Uncommon Pedal.”
I have always been moved by the music of Aaron Copland. “Fanfare for the Common Man” is a favorite of mine. I thought it would be great to be able to play some these sounds on my guitar.
To capture this sound I used a Ring Thing as a pitch shifter, a Big Muff for a slight distortion and filtering followed by a Cathedral reverb for a big ambient reverb.
To start, I slightly muted the lower stings on the guitar using my left hand index finger at the first fret.
Lightly touching the string without pressing down on the fret produced a soft high harmonic when the strings were stuck hard with my thumb. I lowered the pitch of this harmonic down one octave with the Ring Thing. This produced the timpani drum note or pitch.
The Big Muff added harmonics to the note. I used its tone control to remove some of the very high frequencies.
For reverb I used the Cathedral Pedal in the Accu Spring mode. This produced a very smooth, long reverb.
I used a small amount of pre-delay. Pre-delay helps a percussive attack stand out in the mix as it separates the start of the sound from the reverb. In other words, it delays the reverb from being heard till after the initial attack.
Below are the timpani settings:
The sound I chose for the horns is a combination of a trumpet and a French horn. For this sound I used a HOG for filtering, a Riddle for a brass envelope and a Cathedral for a concert hall reverb.
A POG2 pedal can be used in place of the HOG.
The sound of the horns can be changed by altering the start and stop controls of the Riddle pedal. Brighter will produce a trumpet sound and darker will sound more like a French horn or trombone.
Last in line was a Cathedral pedal using the hall setting.
Below are the settings I used for the horn sound:
Thanks for watching,