What do these terms mean?

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  1. ColinWhite

    ColinWhite Pianissimo User

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    I hear them all the time: "dark" and "bright" in reference to tone color. What exactly do these mean? Could anyone point me to a recording or example of each?
     
  2. rettepnoj

    rettepnoj Fortissimo User

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    Bright - Jon Faddis, dark - Jon Hassell
     
  3. Asher S

    Asher S Pianissimo User

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    In pseudo-physical terms, bright tends to mean that the tone is more treble-y and brassy, while dark is more of a bass-y tone, rounder, warmer. Latin jazz trumpet tones tend to be bright whereas Miles Davis' characteristic sound was dark.
     
  4. trickg

    trickg Utimate User

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    Think of it in terms of EQ settings.

    Bright = more highs and mids dialed up with some of the lows toned down
    Dark = highs and mids dialed back with more of the lows pulled up.
     
  5. larry tscharner

    larry tscharner Forte User

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    Very good answer, Pat.
     
  6. ColinWhite

    ColinWhite Pianissimo User

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    Thanks very much guys, your answers helped a lot.
     
  7. Markie

    Markie Forte User

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    dark is a sound with less high overtones. ex. Miles Davis, Ingrid Jensen,
    bright is a sound with bright ringing overtones. ex. Sandoval, Bergeron, MF, Doc.
    One way to think of it is in terms of your stereo:
    A bright sound has the treble turned up.
    A dark sound has the treble turned down.
     
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  8. SteveB

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    Dark = mellow

    Bright = brassy
     

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