I'm new to this place and I've just started exploring the world of orchestral composing a few weeks ago, so consider me a beginner.
I have a (probably simple) question.
There is a quite common effect in orchestral music (most often used in John Williams-type film scores) that sounds like a rain of snowflakes or crystals. I don't even know which instrument is used there, probably the Glockenspiel, but it might as well be something similar (Xylophone maybe). I hope you know what I'm talking about, I've heard this effect alot (often accompanying strings) and I wanna find a way to create it myself.
My first guess was that it is a Glockenspiel just going up and down a scale quickly, but when I try this, it doesn't sound quite right. If you know what I'm talking about, I'd appreciate any help on this issue, maybe there's an online tutorial for creating this effect somewhere (haven't found anything on this in the Garritan.com tutorial section).
If you have no idea what I'm actually talking about, please ask, so I can try and give you some more information. However, since it's a pretty common effect, I'm sure some of you know it already.
Any help is appreciated.