The Glockenspiel – Orchestral Mallets

The name glockenspiel means “bell play” in German. It refers to the sound of small bells. Indeed, the very first instruments to bear this name consisted of a set of exactly that. They were either played by a group of musicians, a style which is called...

The Xylophone – Orchestral Mallets

The term xylophone derives from two ancient Greek words which mean wood and tone. Its name has been in use for decades. A series of wooden bars of different lengths arranged according to pitch and struck with mallets essentially comprise this instrument. Nowadays, the...

The Vibraphone – Orchestral Percussions

The most recent addition to the repertoire of orchestral percussion instruments is the vibraphone (also known as the vibraharp or vibes), with its early origins dating back to the vaudeville era of the 1920s. The onomatopoeic name vibraphone refers to the vibrating...
5 Essential Tips for Young Producers

5 Essential Tips for Young Producers

It can be difficult to build up yourself as a music producer, trying to gain experience and success, when there’s an overwhelming amount of genres, audio tools, and career paths to be discovered. The dream of making a living out of it can seem one of the best...

The Tuba and Bass Tuba – Brass Instruments

The tuba is the lowest-pitched instrument of the brass family. Its name derives from the Latin word ‘tube’. Greek and Romans also used it to name an ancient bronze instrument. The bass tuba, the historic predecessor to the contemporary tuba, emerged on...