The triangle is a classic instrument with an unmistakable image, thanks in part to its name. It has crept through the various levels of music and is now a key sound in music produced from grade school bands to concert halls. Recognizing your needs, your intended sound, and your performance settings will be vital to selecting the right size and pitch. It is important to remember that triangles are measured in diameter and not by side length.
Smaller designs are well suited for limited recording situations. You get the full spectrum of overtones with balanced projection, but the overall volume is lesser than their larger counterparts. If you want to use your triangle on a more personal level than a performance one, the smaller triangle is most likely your best option.
Despite expectations of simplicity, the triangle requires attention to detail for proper sound. A lower volume, but optimal sound keeps you sharp without the strain on your ears.
The larger the triangle, the greater the projection. As the instrument size grows, the triangles begin to project their sound more effectively than the smaller options. The six inch size tends to deliver best in recording production and live performances. If you are looking for that recognizable sound at a greater volume, a higher profile triangle will more aptly fit your needs without sacrificing the quality of the tone.
While size is often the key factor in ranging tunes, the tempering process has a major impact on the overall sound. Those vital moments can be manipulated in order to produce a higher or lower pitch in comparison to the standard. You may find these adjustments most important at the production level with larger sized triangles. More often the lower pitch finds a greater role in performances given the natural sound of the instrument.
It will be important that you keep your strikers with their respective triangles if you possess more than one of the instrument. The weight and size of the striker is vital to producing the purest sound. Experimenting with different objects will provide you with a greater range, but you always need to have a benchmark tune.
Sweetwater carries a range of sizes and pitched triangles in order to meet all demands. The classic triangle sound stems from the smaller designs. You will find more functionality from larger options though as improved projection makes them more suitable for performance. Our team of expert Sales Engineers is made up of musicians and proven performers. We can steer you through your questions and concerns regarding an instrument that is often considered a background sound - give us a call!
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