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Songwriting Tutorial

Creating Realistic MIDI Strings

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    Tutorial 1

    Overview

    1:19

    Learn about the basics of string libraries vs a real orchestra and what to expect in this video series.

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    Tutorial 2

    Articulations & Arrangement Pt. 1

    5:39

    Explore many of the different articulations of string instruments.

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    Tutorial 3

    Articulations & Arrangement Pt. 2

    9:28

    Lets now take those articulations we discussed in Pt. 1 and use them in an actual piece.

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    Tutorial 4

    Advanced Bowings

    4:03

    Discover a few additional articulations and how to use them to give your song extra character.

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    Tutorial 5

    Expression & Volume Swells

    7:14

    See how to use expression and volume automation to make your songs sound more authentic and dynamic.

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    Tutorial 6

    Stacking Articulations

    4:17

    Learn how to stack several articulations to create a string super patch that can sound fuller than a single articulation.

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    Tutorial 7

    Animators & Arpeggiators

    9:17

    Explore how to use an animator as a starting point and an arpeggiator as a finishing touch.

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    Tutorial 8

    Divisi

    3:44

    Learn how divisi can automatically help balance the volumes between sections when multiple notes are played.

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    Tutorial 9

    Panning & Effects

    6:58

    Watch how using panning and effects can make your orchestral pieces have a really nice sense of actual space.

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    Tutorial 10

    Solo Strings

    4:52

    Learn how solo string parts can make a piece sound more intimate and relaxed.

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    Tutorial 11

    Legato

    5:05

    Discover how legato phrasing with its natural transitions between notes can make your string parts sound more authentic.

In this video tutorial series, studio master William Sprawls focuses on ways to craft real sounding string parts and arrangements using the various virtual string instruments available today!

Will starts out with the basics of string libraries vs a real orchestra so you know what to expect. He then covers using articulations, advanced bowing techniques, incorporating expression & volume swells into parts, using arpeggiators to create cool phrases, panning and effects, solo string parts, using Legato and much more!

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If youre looking to create authentic sounding string parts using MIDI virtual instruments, get ready to string em up Watch Creating Realistic MIDI Strings today!

GeneHall
Submitted 2 months ago

Concise Basic Techniques Overview

Informative tutorial, especially for beginning to intermediate level musicians. The instructor speaks a little rushed and the arrangements were not engaging or interesting enough to clearly demonstrate the techniques.

I am a: Producer, Professional, Audio Engineer, Musician

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gabehizer
Submitted 2 months ago

Basic Info on String Writing

Basic info on the different articulations and how to use them in a simple arrangement. I was hoping for more advanced info on writing midi parts to more closely simulate orchestral sounds.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician

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Schweats
Submitted 2 months ago

Realistic Midi strings

This video series gives interesting info on string parts via Midi libraries. However the audio levels need to be remixed with the subtleties of the string parts themselves mixed louder over non-string parts. The tutor appears to be a string player himself or a long seasoned string arranger and the info he imparts comes from someone who knows the idiom well.

I am a: Professional, Musician

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Marty 100
Submitted 2 months ago

Good tips and tricks

This is a good tips and tricks video rather than a basic or fundamental overview of MIDi strings. Strange choice of Syudio One DAW but it wasn't as off putting as I expected. Worth a watch.

I am a: Producer, Professional, Musician, Sound Designer

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Dante
Submitted 2 months ago

Great overall

Excellent instructor with well detailed lessons. Very practical information that you can apply immediately. Looking forward to more from this instructor.

I am a: Audio Engineer, Musician, Hobbyist

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Gharb
Submitted 2 months ago

Crammed with great tips

I've watched loads of video tutorials and this is the best one I've seen. It's crammed with great tips and it's not too long. This guy is a great teacher and I'm going to check out his Rapture Pro tutorial next. I hope they get him to do more. You can learn a great deal about how to make good arrangements in an hour. Really accessible to anyone. Great musical examples.

I am a: Semi-Pro

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Steveg
Submitted 2 months ago

Not good

Hard to hear the strings when they are drowned out by piano in almost every video. Also I thought this would be an advanced lesson on how to do midi mock up with strings library, tricks and tips. Nothing in here that I could not easily find for free on you tube after doing 2 sec search.

Response from Customer Service:

Hello, Thank you for your review. We really appreciate you taking the time! We’re very sorry you didn’t find what you needed from this tutorial series. Since it is the first of its kind on creating realistic MIDI strings in the studio, the approach was to cover the basics first. We didn’t want new users to this topic missing out on some of the key points of string parts and arrangements. I will add a customer request for an advanced version to continue this topic for you. Thanks again for your support!

Gnarls
Submitted 2 months ago

Very informative!

A good overview that illustrates concepts that could probably be applied to most string libraries

I am a: Musician

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Starbuckna
Submitted 2 months ago

Good tips

Some good tips for using multiple articulation and other features like arpeggiators and reverb. Nice layer examples built up track by track

I am a: Professional, Musician

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kifo92
Submitted 2 months ago

Great tutorial!

I am really enjoying how "on point" this tutorial is! It's all the important things, great focus!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Game Designer, Sound Designer, Student

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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 Strings is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Concise Basic Techniques Overview Informative tutorial, especially for beginning to intermediate level musicians. The instructor speaks a little rushed and the arrangements were not engaging or interesting enough to clearly demonstrate the techniques.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Basic Info on String Writing Basic info on the different articulations and how to use them in a simple arrangement. I was hoping for more advanced info on writing midi parts to more closely simulate orchestral sounds.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Realistic Midi strings This video series gives interesting info on string parts via Midi libraries. However the audio levels need to be remixed with the subtleties of the string parts themselves mixed louder over non-string parts. The tutor appears to be a string player himself or a long seasoned string arranger and the info he imparts comes from someone who knows the idiom well.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Good tips and tricks This is a good tips and tricks video rather than a basic or fundamental overview of MIDi strings. Strange choice of Syudio One DAW but it wasn't as off putting as I expected. Worth a watch.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great overall Excellent instructor with well detailed lessons. Very practical information that you can apply immediately. Looking forward to more from this instructor.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 1.0 out of 5 by from Not good Hard to hear the strings when they are drowned out by piano in almost every video. Also I thought this would be an advanced lesson on how to do midi mock up with strings library, tricks and tips. Nothing in here that I could not easily find for free on you tube after doing 2 sec search.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Crammed with great tips I've watched loads of video tutorials and this is the best one I've seen. It's crammed with great tips and it's not too long. This guy is a great teacher and I'm going to check out his Rapture Pro tutorial next. I hope they get him to do more. You can learn a great deal about how to make good arrangements in an hour. Really accessible to anyone. Great musical examples.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very informative! A good overview that illustrates concepts that could probably be applied to most string libraries
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good tips Some good tips for using multiple articulation and other features like arpeggiators and reverb. Nice layer examples built up track by track
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial! I am really enjoying how "on point" this tutorial is! It's all the important things, great focus!
Date published: 2017-01-13