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Songwriting Tutorial

Creating Realistic MIDI Horns

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    1:28

    Learn about the challenges of making MIDI horns sound realistic.

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    Tutorial 2

    Adjusting Timing

    6:21

    See how timing changes can make horn parts sound tighter and more realistic.

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    Tutorial 3

    Using Expression CC#11

    7:03

    Explore how to use expression automation to make horn notes attack and decay more naturally.

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    Tutorial 4

    Using Pitchbend

    6:31

    Discover how to use pitch bend to slide up to notes and add vibrato to notes.

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    Tutorial 5

    Keyswitches & Articulations

    6:08

    Learn about the different brass articulations and how to switch them during your MIDI performances.

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    Tutorial 6

    Stacking Instruments

    4:18

    See how to stack multiple instruments for a Bigger Band sound, as well as make a fuller sounding patch for live performance.

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    Tutorial 7

    Legato

    2:48

    Discover the importance of legato in played phrases for making truer musical passages.

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    Tutorial 8

    Panning & Ambience

    5:46

    Explore how to pan and effect horns to make them sound more like real players in a real room.

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    Tutorial 9

    Using Played Riffs

    6:28

    Learn how to edit and use actual sampled real playing to add realism to your parts and performance.

William Sprawls shows you how to create realistic sounding horn performances and parts from todays software instruments. See how by adding small tweaks to the different MIDI continuous controller options, you can produce convincing sounding horn solos and section arrangements that will impress!

William starts off by talking about all the challenges that exist when making realistic horn parts in your DAW, and then dives right in with videos on the different MIDI continuous controller options available, and how to use them to make your horn tracks sound real.

Stacking, panning, legato, ambience and more are also explored, revealing the right steps take to make your horn parts come alive in your productions.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you have a need for virtual horns in your songs, this series will empower you to dramatically improve the way they sound and feel Watch Creating Realistic MIDI Horns today!

Bruce
Submitted 1 month ago

A thorough expose of many expressive options

It was so great that he used the same plug-in and DAW that I own.

I am a: Hobbyist

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hollowearth
Submitted 2 months ago

Very informative

Very well presented, with lots of good ideas and tips. Although it covered products I don't use, I can still use many of the ideas with the products I have.

I am a: Semi-Pro


2dls
Submitted 3 months ago

Great explanation!!

This is information I can definitely use and will help me immensely in my own projects. I have saved it as a favorite and will be referring back frequently.

I am a: Hobbyist

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JGGNV
Submitted 3 months ago

Good tutorial

A good starting video on the subject and applicable to just about any brass library.

I am a: Musician

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nsblues
Submitted 3 months ago

Great Utility Video

A very utilitarian video on how to give life to your sampled horns. Covers all the basics.

I am a: Semi-Pro

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Rand
Submitted 3 months ago

Easy for a music dabbler to follow

I was having real problems making my horns section to not sound like a cheap synthesizer. The VI I use is not a cheap one but I didn't know how to use its features properly.

I am a: Beginner, Hobbyist

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frankie56
Submitted 3 months ago

Great Fatures !!!!!

Very Interessting and usefull Tutorial - thats the only of it´s Kind that i now.

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Gnarls
Submitted 3 months ago

Tips and Tricks

Practical and succinct. A relatively brief but informative tutorial that does not attempt to be a treatise on horn arranging. The real value is the clarity of focus.

I am a: Musician

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Sathya
Submitted 3 months ago

Fantastic arrangements and nice insights

You get nice insights for programming brass. highly recommend this in order to know about session horns pro too.

I am a: Mastering Facility, Producer, Professional, Audio Engineer, Musician, Sound Designer, Beat Maker, Sound for Film/TV

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swood30
Submitted 3 months ago

Now we're talking

This is what I have been looking for -- making instruments sound real. As a sax player, I am looking for the sound, not an electronica wannabe. Amazing to see how much difference this tricks make. Thank you!

I am a: Beginner, Musician, Hobbyist

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I have been playing music for 35 years since I was 6 years old. I play Piano, Synth, Guitar, and program Drums.

2. What training have you had?

I have attended training workshops for the last 15 years at the music stores I worked for, as well as several offsite training centers in LA for major recording companies such as JBL, Focusrite, Apogee, and Roland.

3. When did you get into recording?

I got my first 4 track recorder at the age of 14 and have been very interested since then! (25 years ago)

4. People you have worked with/for?

I have worked with several artists including The Hawthorne Effect, The Morning Stares, Giovanni James, and worked on musical projects for Microjams, WGN and the Chicago Blackhawks, Nike, Harpo Productions and Warner Chappell Productions.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Since I was a young kid, I always liked to take things apart and figure out what made them tick so to speak. I like to do the same with software and really learn how to get the most out of it. I also really enjoy being able to use my musical abilities to help inspire those who are just starting their musical journey, as I have really enjoyed mine so far.

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Creating Realistic MIDI Horns is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A thorough expose of many expressive options It was so great that he used the same plug-in and DAW that I own.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very informative Very well presented, with lots of good ideas and tips. Although it covered products I don't use, I can still use many of the ideas with the products I have.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great explanation!! This is information I can definitely use and will help me immensely in my own projects. I have saved it as a favorite and will be referring back frequently.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good tutorial A good starting video on the subject and applicable to just about any brass library.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Great Utility Video A very utilitarian video on how to give life to your sampled horns. Covers all the basics.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Easy for a music dabbler to follow I was having real problems making my horns section to not sound like a cheap synthesizer. The VI I use is not a cheap one but I didn't know how to use its features properly.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Fatures !!!!! Very Interessting and usefull Tutorial - thats the only of it´s Kind that i now.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Tips and Tricks Practical and succinct. A relatively brief but informative tutorial that does not attempt to be a treatise on horn arranging. The real value is the clarity of focus.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastic arrangements and nice insights You get nice insights for programming brass. highly recommend this in order to know about session horns pro too.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Now we're talking This is what I have been looking for -- making instruments sound real. As a sax player, I am looking for the sound, not an electronica wannabe. Amazing to see how much difference this tricks make. Thank you!
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome. I was hoping of more stuff like this from groove3. I normally basically just see videos in which people seem to just be saying what each knob does, while theres a place for that, I'd much rather se techniques and tricks. Thanks
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very practical advice for realistic horns Very clear explanations and good arragenment to illustrate points
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent use of showing how to manipulate step-by Started watching this while working and had to quit after the fourth video because there was too much I wanted to see. I was skeptical when I listened at first because the horns sounded so stiff and assumed that was the final product. But as they dive into the controls for each parameter, it's amazing to see the nuanaces. The only downside: Now I'm online researching MIDI breath controllers I shouldn't be buying right now.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Didn't Know My Midi Horns Could Do That Enlightening lessons on midi horn articulation. Will's examples of subtle variations both tonally and sonically have been really helpful. A nice concise tutorial. I'll watch it again.
Date published: 2016-12-09