"My partner Douglas and I created HornFX in an effort to create a new community of wind instrumentalists (and beyond!) to come together and share knowledge and experience of the pedal world. The network of horn players using pedals is quite vast, and we cannot wait to see what people are doing out there!
My personal philosophy on pedals is that I am hired to play trumpet first and foremost. It is the instrument I chose and love dearly, so any pedal I use is intended to merely enhance the natural sound of the trumpet and not to change it. My career exists mostly in the R&B, hip hop, gospel, and jazz world, so my goal with my pedal setup is to create the most cohesive sounding horn section sound possible."
Trumpeter and Marion, Massachusetts native Aaron Janik has been steeped in the discipline of music from the age of 10. His earliest introduction to music was by way of revered New England trumpeter Jack Martin.
Aaron furthered his studies at Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences as well as the Conservatory of Music by way of the great Wendell Logan, graduating in June 2013 with a Jazz Trumpet Performance Degree and a Biology (Pre-Medical) Degree. From that time on, Aaron has performed and studied with trumpet greats Marcus Belgrave and Sean Jones. He has also been fortunate to study with Gary Bartz, Robin Eubanks and Billy Hart to name a few.
Aaron now resides in Los Angeles, California where he educates music students across the city and regularly performs and records with artists across the country, touring with chart-topping artists like R&B First Lady Faith Evans, Dwele, Micki Miller, Kierra Sheard, and jazz legend Robin Eubanks. In the past year he has also performed with Charlie Wilson, Lil Kim, 112, Bone Thugs & Harmony, Carl Thomas, Les Nubians, the Clark Sisters, Gino Vanneli, Lisa Page-Brooks, Eric Roberson, and J Drew Sheard to name a few.
Aaron endorses B.A.C. trumpets, Denis Wick mouthpieces, and 64 Audio ears.
Some of the pedals Aaron uses regularly are:
- Strymon BlueSky
- Strymon Riverside
- Morley Mini Wah/Volume
- Morley Maverick Mini Wah
- MXR P90 Phaser
- Source Audio Stingray
- JHS Colourbox
- Eventide Mixing Link
- Keeley GC-2
- Digitech Whammy DT
- Eventide Pitchfactor
- Eventide H9Max
- Boss DD-7 Digital Delay
- Boss PS-6 Harmonist
Pedal: Digitech Bass Synth Wah
This was a dry mix of my sound plus the MXR Phase 90. The delay and panning added to the horn section in certain spots was done via Logic plug-ins.
Pedals: Digitech Bass Synth Wah, Boss DD-7 Digital Delay