Yamaha Design “Synapses” SILENT Brass™ Series
GOOD DESIGN GOLD AWARD
Red Dot Award
iF Design Award
JIDA Design Museum Selection
Design for Asia Awards
German Design Award
A compact sound muting system for brass instruments.
The Silent Brass™ series is a sound-muting system that reduces the sound of brass instruments to the level of a murmur, while letting the player hear a natural-sounding performance. The newest model incorporates a number of improvements, including a smaller, lighter Pickup Mute™ and an easier to use Personal Studio™.
The curve of the Pickup Mute™ is designed to fit the shape of the bell on a brass instrument, while the Personal Studio™ has a minimal, rectilinear profile. The contrasting geometries are a natural product of the different roles each device plays.
Making the Pickup Mute™ smaller and lighter improves the balance of the instrument when it is inserted. Brass Resonance Modeling™ provides a pleasant sound when monitoring over earphones for a more natural performance experience.
Despite the need to fit into a tight space, the shape is easy to grasp and fits the fingers exactly as you would expect. Testing to find the shape that facilitates the strongest grip led to the selection of a regular seven-sided star with a curved outline for the trumpet Pickup Mute™.
- Keizo Tatsumi
- Yamaha Design Laboratory