Simulating Mutes

• May 8, 2019 - 00:28

For the most part I've given up hope on finding a soundfont with muted french horns (or, as I recently noticed this piece also needs, a muted clarinet). So, in lieu of that, what would be the best way to "simulate" the actual effect of a muted french horn or other muted instruments?


In reply to by LuuBluum

Because the sound of the clarinet is out of the holes on it, sordino is impossible. It may be necessary to cover the clarinetist with a thick cloth.

Or on the inside of the clarinet (bassoon, flute, oboe, saxes) , you need to put horizontal sponges between each hole. Also to the inside of the spout and the flag.
Technically it's not sordino.
So, their name is dark :)

In reply to by Ziya Mete Demircan

Just a thought on muted woodwind instruments. (though it all sounds a little fishy to me)
I've never worked with muted clarinets, flutes or bassoons, but for sax I've seen a felt ring that sits just inside the bell. As it has been described to me, it doesn't stop the sound from coming out of the holes along the length of the instrument, but it does diminish its overall resonance. I suppose that would be where the "dark" reference comes into the picture.

In reply to by LuuBluum

Oh, what a publisher or composer puts on the sheet music it totally up to them. It's very common to get a mixture of Italian and a language of the composer on a score. Less often I see everything in a language that is not italian.

You have total control over the words you use. You can put "Harmon mute" on your trumpet part, the choose the Mute Channel. The next time you can put "Con sordini" on that same trumpet and then choose the Mute Channel. BTW, I've seen similar things inpublished scores, yuk!

Everything MuseScore usually has English as the default language (like on mixer channels) while Ziya used Italian where it's common in his sound fonts.

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