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The 12 Horns Battle (Blind Test)

Which version do you like most?

  • 1st (00:03)

  • 2nd (00:23)

  • 2rd (00:42)

  • 4th (01:02)

  • 5th (01:21)

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For me it's #1. I had to decide between #1 and #5 at the end, but to me #1 gives me a clearer image of the positioning of the players in the room (don't know how to word that differently). The others feel a little bit too disconnected for my taste
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Active Member
I like 1 and 4, seems the most controllable in a mix. 1 cuts better, but 4 has a nice balance to it. Both useable, 1 in a dense mix, 4 in a lighter mix. Imo


Senior Member
Thank you all for the participation!

I thought there would be a winner for this battle but apparently the votes are well divided. That's interesting!

I agree with many of the remarks made here. I am just a little surprised about what some of you think about the reverb.
Horns don't have an "ideal" sound in dry environment. At least for me. :)


Senior Member
Here's an mp3 with the very beginning of 4,5,6.

They do sound slightly different, but listen to that high end bite there. Are you sure you didn't - maybe by accident - mix in some of the same samples there? Because it REALLY sounds like 4,5,6 share some of the same samples.




Senior Member
I like the tone of 2 best and overall it sounded most natural to me.
Let me add: the shorts on #2 seems to have an unnatural reverb, almost like an echo.


Midi Magician
I don’t really love any of them. Sounds like the same library with different treatment to me, or very similarly recorded super dry. Performance sounds decent in all, but it’s got that SM vibe going on - choked sound where unnatural resonances poke through especially in higher dynamics. The “room” isn’t convincing to me either. Loving the arrangement though!
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