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Garritan Orchestra Explained

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    Tutorial 1



    See how the the Garritan libraries are managed in the ARIA Player multi-timbral interface. Up to 16 separate instruments are loaded into a single instance, and optionally stored and loaded together in groupings called Ensembles.

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    Tutorial 2

    The ARIA Player Interface


    Learn all about the ARIA Player's instrument slots, as well as the Info, Effects, and Settings pages.

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    Tutorial 3

    Performance Controls


    Learn about the four main real-time performance controls that are used throughout the Garritan libraries such as mod wheel for volume, note velocity for attack, sustain pedal for legato mode, and key switches for different instrument articulations. Other performance and playback parameters found the the ARIA Player's Controls page are covered as well.

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    Tutorial 4

    Solo Woodwind Controls


    Learn how to control vibrato speed and intensity from within your DAW, as well as how note velocities, note overlaps, sustain pedal info and Auto-legato mode interact and effect note on attacks.

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    Tutorial 5

    Ensemble Building 1.0


    Explore the GPO multiple player instruments and see how they are used to build up customized section parts.

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    Tutorial 6

    Solo Brass


    Learn how tongued and legato articulations are controlled with the sustain pedal, how the auto legato and portamento instrument controls interact, how the variation 2 control affects dynamics and timbre and how the overlay and overlay AG patches are used.

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    Tutorial 7

    Ensemble Building 2.0


    See how the individual brass section players and overlay parts are blended together with unique performances to form a live nuanced brass section with variations between each part being doubled and tripled.

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    Tutorial 8

    Working with GPO Strings


    Discover the various articulations and playing styles available in both solo and ensemble GPO string patches and hear some examples of how they are used.

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    Tutorial 9



    See how the various percussion instruments are used in either single hit mode or roll on release mode, and how the sustain pedal is used to muffle certain sounds.

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    Tutorial 10

    Keyboards & Harp


    Explore the various GPO 4 keyboard offerings, and learn how to use the Harp Gliss Packets MIDI data to determine the tonality and quality of harp glissandos.

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    Tutorial 11

    Garritan Instant Orchestra


    Discover how the extended instrument controls work, including the Expression switch, ADSR parameters, as well as blend, delay and brightness knobs.

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    Tutorial 12

    Working with MIDI Files


    See how the ARIA Player is used to playback MIDI files and learn how to record the output either in real-time or offline.

Presented by music guru Eli Krantzberg, this series is all about Garritan Instant and Personal Orchestra virtual instruments. Follow along with Eli as he covers these stunning virtual libraries in the powerful ARIA player inside and out.

Eli begins with an introduction to the series, the libraries in general and then dives deep into the power packed ARIA player, covering instrument slots, Info, effects and setting pages. Next, Eli tackles the Performance Controls showing you how to manipulate the libraries in real-time using the Mod Wheel, Key Switches and more.

Eli then explores the Solo Woodwind parameters to control vibrato speed, intensity note velocities, overlaps and much more. Solo Brass is also looked at, revealing tongue and legato articulations, dynamics and timbre controls and more. Ensemble building 2.0 is next up and Eli shows you how the individual brass section players and overlays are blended to create unique performances.

Garritan Personal Orchestra Strings are then explained, showing you all about the various articulations and playing styles available, as well as Percussion instruments and their different play modes. Eli doesn't forget about the Keyboards and Harps, he covers their different offerings, including how to use the Harp Gliss Packets MIDI data to determine tonality and quality of Harp glissandos.

Eli wraps up the series with an in-depth look at the Garritan Instant Orchestra library and its extended instrument controls, as well as how to playback MIDI files within the ARIA player and record its output in both real-time and offline.

If you use either Garritan Personal Orchestra or Garritan Instant Orchestra for your compositions and or productions, this series should be at the top of your watch list... Get "Garritan Orchestra Explained" today.

Submitted 6 months ago

Garritan Orchestra Explained

Just the type of course I needed to accelerate my understanding of GPO.

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Submitted 1 year ago

Good basic introduction to both of these titles

Eli gives a thorough introduction to Garritan's Personal and Instant Orchestras. I've had these two orchestras for several years now and discovered some features that I was not aware of.

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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Garritan Orchestra Explained is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Garritan Orchestra Explained Just the type of course I needed to accelerate my understanding of GPO.
Date published: 2016-09-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good basic introduction to both of these titles Eli gives a thorough introduction to Garritan's Personal and Instant Orchestras. I've had these two orchestras for several years now and discovered some features that I was not aware of.
Date published: 2016-04-01