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Audio and MIDI tracks combined > The mix - Pg. 137

Creating illusions ­ a big band radio jingle 137 It's worth taking a closer look at `Jitterbug Jump' because many of the topics and principles dis- cussed in this book so far are used here. The saxophone section Just as a magician distracts our attention away from what he does not wish us to see, the same technique is used here. By keeping the saxophone section fairly prominent (but never dominant) our attention is focused on these `real' instruments rather than the artificial ones. Even the fifth member of the section ­ the sampled baritone sax ­ is not really noticeable as such. There is a fair bit of unison doubling throughout and had this been a MIDI saxophone section, much pruning would have been needed to `thin' the texture at those points. With real saxes it doesn't matter. The more the merrier. The trumpet section Only the lead trumpet has been assigned to the GM pre-set `Trumpet' (Prg. 56). This sets it apart from trumpets 2, 3 and 4, which use the `Brass Section' pre-set (Prg. 61). Where unison doubling occurs, care has been taken to avoid using the same GM voice. For example, in the opening bars, only trumpet 1 and 3 are playing. If trumpets 2 and 4 were added, MIDI soup would result. However, if this were a real brass trumpet section, all four trumpets would be playing in unison here. The trombone section Trombones 1 and 2 have been assigned to the GM pre-set `Trombone' (Prg. 57) and trombones 3 and 4 to the `Brass Section' pre-set (Prg. 61). As with the trumpets, although unison doubling does occur, it only happens on separate pre-sets to avoid unnecessary thickening of the texture. Pitch