Morrison Digital Trumpet Answers
I get so many people asking me questions about my Morrison Digital Trumpet that I thought I'd compile an FAQ here.
- You blow, not buzz, giving ultimate endurance!
- The harder you blow, the louder it gets
- 10 octaves to play with at no strain
- Octaves are controlled on the left hand in half octave increments (C - G - C - G etc)
- Transpose into any key and play 'as written'.
- Pitch bend up and down operated by your thumb
- Vibrato operated by your thumb - faster you press the more it 'wobbles'.
- Growl sound (thumb also)
- Same looping fingering pattern for every octave
- No valve oil needed - nor dribble emptying!
- Put on headphones for private practicing
- Put in stereo to wake up the neighbourhood
- Play hundreds of realistic instrument sounds or 'digital' sounds - depending on what you plug it into.
- It is a Midi controlling instrument - so you can plug it into a keyboard and use its sounds or a computer etc. It makes no sound on its own.
- Record your solos on the computer - and edit the wrong notes into right ones.
- I use (and can't recommend enough) a Yamaha VL70-m with a Patchman Turbo chip - which gives me the most realistic sounds I've ever heard. Worth the money for sure!
- My fav realistic sounds: trumpet (up 1-3 octaves), piccolo trumpet, fugal, tuba, soprano/alto/tenor saxes, cello, clarinet, flute, Spanish/blues/bass/distorted guitars.
- It's so expressive, attacking notes at different velocities makes the sound behave different (on a VL70). eg. a guitar sound blown softly will lightly 'strum' but hit it hard and it twangs! A penny whistle blown too hard jumps an octave and the bagpipes go out of tune if you don't blow hard enough!
- It was designed by technical and musical genius Steve Marshall I met at Wallsend Adventist church. HE took it to James Morrison and they teamed up to create this fun machine!
- My Wife plays a Yamaha WX5 digital Saxaphone plugged into an identical VL70-M with Turbo chip. Tecnically we can have an identical sound, just different finguring.
Having gained an overbite as I got older, playing an 'analogue' trumpet became harder and harder - cutting the inside of my top lip each time I played just a couple of songs. This Digital Trumpet has reopened my ability to play great sounding and long lasting music - more than I could in my years of playing a 'real' trumpet. And I'm no longer restricted just to a trumpet!
You can get a hard time from those who play a 'real' instrument, but it's 99% of the time because they think they know what it can do and will sound like but haven't experienced it for them selves. I know it's sound isn't a 100% match to a real trumpet, piccolo trumpet, fugal, tuba, sax, cello, clarinet, flute, guitar. . . . etc, but I'll never learn all these (or afford to buy them or cart them around to play.) If you walk into a room it will fool most people to thinking it is the real thing being played - until they can't find it in the band. I love just being able to add to music groups that extra instrument a song needs. Playing guitar really freaks people out! . . . oh and no, I don't work for these people nor get a commission for sales - though should, don't you think??
Pics: (Best pics can be seen at morrisondigitaltrumpet.com but here's some you won't see there)
Can you spot me playing 'French Horn' on the MDT?
Analogue and Digital
Some pics of a clear version I got a hold of: