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Mixing, Recording, and Producing Techniques of the Pros, Second Edition by Rick Clark

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Chapter 4. Brass

There is nothing in popular music that can elevate a track to a new level of excitement or richness like the addition of a well-placed horn arrangement, solo horn punctuation, or lead ride. It would be hard to imagine many of the greatest pop, rock, and R&B tracks of the last 40 years without the key horn parts that drove them. Even though the title of this chapter is “Brass,” I am also including a woodwind instrument like sax, because it is crucial in the sonic chemistry of a typical horn section.

This time out, we sought out two legendary horn players (Tower of Power’s Greg Adams and Memphis Horns’ Wayne Jackson) and four engineer/producers (Ken Kessie, Jeff Powell, Ralph Sutton, and Shelly Yakus) to offer their pointers on the ...

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