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Orchestral Library Toolbox

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    Tutorial 1



    Welcome to the series! Your instructors give a short overview of whats to come.

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    Tutorial 2

    1.1.1 Technical Knowledge


    Learn the important basic requirements for computer hardware and software that are necessary to work with large orchestral libraries.

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    Tutorial 3

    1.1.2 MIDI Hardware


    Learn about the MIDI hardware thats used to control orchestral libraries.

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    Tutorial 4

    1.1.3 Volume vs Expression


    Discover the differences between the volume of an instrument and its expression, and how it is implemented in a virtual orchestral library.

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    Tutorial 5

    1.1.4 What are Release Samples?


    See why release samples are necessary to emulate the sound of a classic instrument perfectly.

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    Tutorial 6

    1.1.5 KONTAKT Library Install & Authorize


    Watch how to install and authorize a orchestral library for the most common software sampler, Native Instruments KONTAKT.

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    Tutorial 7

    1.1.6 Using Single Outputs with KONTAKT


    Learn how to setup single outputs for libraries when working with the KONTAKT sampler.

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    Tutorial 8

    1.1.7 Creating a Hybrid Orchestra Template


    See a step-by-step guide for creating an up-to-date orchestral template and how it works.

A Virtual Orchestra in Your Computer

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    Tutorial 9

    1.2.1 Instruments & Articulations


    Get a complete walkthrough of all the instruments of an orchestra. Also learn about character, articulation and the sound of strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion.

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    Tutorial 10

    1.2.2 Panning Settings of Orchestral Instruments


    For beginners and experienced users. How to place orchestral instruments in the stereo field in consideration of its regular position.

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    Tutorial 11

    1.2.3 Room Effect Settings for Orchestral Instruments


    For beginners and experienced users. How to place an orchestral instrument in 3D-space by using a reverb effect.

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    Tutorial 12

    1.2.4 Single Instruments vs. Multi Instruments vs. Phrased Instruments


    What are the three types of common orchestral instrument libraries and how do they work.

Articulation Practices

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    Tutorial 13

    2.1.1 Introduction


    Watch an overview about articulation in orchestral libraries and how they work.

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    Tutorial 14

    2.1.2 Recording Keyswitches


    Discover how to record Keyswitches when using articulations in your music.

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    Tutorial 15

    2.1.3 CineSymphony LITE Strings Intro


    Get an introduction to this wonderful orchestral library and how articulations are set up.

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    Tutorial 16

    2.1.4 Recording with CineSymphony LITE


    Learn how to record Keyswitches by using a common classical theme from Mozart, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

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    Tutorial 17

    2.1.5 Recording Strings with VSL


    The same example as in the last chapter, now using another library from well known manufacturer VSL.

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    Tutorial 18

    2.1.6 Recording Woodwinds with VSL


    See how to work with articulations on VSL Library woodwind instruments such as piccolo flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and contrabassoon.

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    Tutorial 19

    2.1.7 Samplemodeling Woodwind Instruments


    The same example as in the last chapter, now using specialized woodwinds instruments from Samplemodeling within the SWAM player.

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    Tutorial 20

    2.1.8 Recording Brass with VSL


    Learn how to use articulations with the VSL Special Edition Library brass instruments, such as trumpet, trombone and horn.

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    Tutorial 21

    2.1.9 Samplemodeling Brass Instruments


    The same example as in the last chapter, now using specialized woodwind instruments from Samplemodeling within KONTAKT player.

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    Tutorial 22

    2.1.10 Percussion Instruments


    Learn more about the different percussion and orchestral drums and how to play them.

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    Tutorial 23

    2.1.11 Practical Use of Percussion


    Here youll learn some practical uses for percussion by analyzing drum loops and transferring their rhythms to orchestral percussion instruments.

Understanding and Using Ostinati

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    Tutorial 24

    2.2.1 Intro to Ostinati


    Learn what an ostinato is and how its used in modern classical music.

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    Tutorial 25

    2.2.2 Basic Pattern


    Discover how to record a basic ostinati pattern by combining different strings.

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    Tutorial 26

    2.2.3 Rhythm & Instrumentation


    Learn more about ostinati by using advanced rhythm and instrumentation techniques.

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    Tutorial 27

    2.2.4 Structured Dynamics


    Discover another example of ostinato by building up a structured dynamic performance.

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    Tutorial 28

    2.2.5 Strong Accentuations


    See how ostinati works when notes are accentuated.

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    Tutorial 29

    2.2.6 Counter-Rotating Ostinati


    Learn about a more sophisticated technique for ostinato called the counter-rotation, and how to use it.

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    Tutorial 30

    2.2.7 Time Changes with Ostinati


    Discover how Ostinati can also be enhanced with time-changes.

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    Tutorial 31

    2.2.8 Ostinati with Harmonies


    Finally, learn how and why an ostinato can be built-up by using different harmonies.

Using Lyrical Patterns to Create Moods

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    Tutorial 32

    2.3.1 Lyrical Introduction


    Discover how orchestral instruments are often used to create different moods.

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    Tutorial 33

    2.3.2 The Four Basic Chord Types


    Learn about the four basic chord types, major, minor, augmented and diminished, which cover the full range of emotion.

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    Tutorial 34

    2.3.3 Typical chord progressions


    Discover more about typical chord progressions that are often used within film scores and classical music.

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    Tutorial 35

    2.3.4 Suspenseful Chord Progressions


    See how to create suspenseful feelings when composing music to provoke important emotional reactions.

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    Tutorial 36

    2.3.5 Harmonic & Dynamic Progressions


    Learn more about chord progressions and how they can enhance your music.

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    Tutorial 37

    2.3.6 Mood Changes


    See even more examples on how to change chords for creating specific moods.

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    Tutorial 38

    2.3.7 Moods with Reduced Scales


    Discover how you can use only the notes of a scale to create impressive chords.

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    Tutorial 39

    2.3.8 Moods with Instrument Combinations


    Learn how to combine different orchestral instruments to create different moods.

Compositions Examples

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    Tutorial 40

    2.4.1 The Classic Epic Theme Pt. 1


    Learn how to create a complete, classic epic composition track by track.

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    Tutorial 41

    2.4.2 The Classic Epic Theme Pt. 2


    Continue seeing how to create a complete, classic epic composition track by track.

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    Tutorial 42

    2.4.3 The Elegiac Ending


    Discover how to create an elegiac ending composition track by track.

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    Tutorial 43

    2.4.4 The Modern Action Theme


    See how to create a complete, modern action theme track by track.

Horn Section for Pop, Soul & Funk

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    Tutorial 44

    2.5.1 Horn Section Introduction


    See how to use wind instruments in pop, soul and funk music and create a horn section.

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    Tutorial 45

    2.5.2 Harmonic Analysis


    Start by analyzing the piece before writing the wind section parts.

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    Tutorial 46

    2.5.3 The Horn Section


    See how to build up your horn section by using a virtual trumpet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, as well as a trombone.

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    Tutorial 47

    2.5.4 The Flugelhorn


    Moving on, discover the effect a flugelhorn has when added to the section.

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    Tutorial 48

    2.5.5 One More Time!


    See another example of how to emulate a wind section by using virtual instruments only.

String Section for Rock & Pop

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    Tutorial 49

    2.6.1 String Section Introduction


    Discover how to use orchestral string instruments within rock and pop music compositions.

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    Tutorial 50

    2.6.2 Legato Background


    Watch and learn how legato strings are used to create a classic mood within a rock music track.

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    Tutorial 51

    2.6.3 Staccato & Legato


    See how by using staccato and legato strings alternately, you can vitalize your pop and rock music compositions.

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    Tutorial 52

    2.6.4 Disco & House


    Discover how modern dance music can be elevated by using classic strings instruments.

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    Tutorial 53

    2.6.5 Strings & Vocals


    Watch how orchestral strings are a must-have in a vocal ballad composition.

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    Tutorial 54

    2.6.6 Transitions


    See how string runs are often used to connect song parts, and how to construct them in detail.

Additional Content

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    Tutorial 55

    3.1 From MIDI Notes to Notation


    Discover how to turn your MIDI recordings into notation that musicians can read.

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    Tutorial 56

    3.2 Mixing & Mastering Orchestral Music


    Learn the Dos and Donts of mixing and mastering orchestral music.

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    Tutorial 57

    3.3 Phrased Instruments


    See how a phrased instrument library works in detail, featuring the Sonokinetic Capriccio library.

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    Tutorial 58

    3.4 Library Recommendations


    Finally, the authors give some useful tips and recommendations for using orchestral libraries.

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    Tutorial 59



    The authors say thank you and goodbye!

Presented by Achim Brochhausen and Holger Steinbrink from German based tutorial company audio-workshop, together they've created the definitive guide for getting going with orchestral libraries and creating orchestral compositions in your DAW. Groove3 is proud to be the exclusive distributor of the English version of this massive, in-depth video tutorial collection!

Featuring over 11 hours of detailed tutorial videos, youll learn all about the practical use and application of virtual orchestral instruments, as well as the use of keyswitches, advanced arrangements with ostinati, lyrical patterns and much, much more. There's also downloadable PDFs showing the notation examples from the videos.

The Orchestral Library Toolbox is perfect for anyone, at any level of experience, who wants to learn more about using orchestral libraries in their own productions, including diverse musical settings such as music production, film and TV composition, and even video games!

Achim Brochhausen is a professionally trained musician (piano and violin), music producer and composer. His area of expertise is the realization of orchestral music within the computer, and also works as a music teacher, live musician and author, as well as a producer for many well known artists.

Holger Steinbrink has many years experience as a certified instructor, and is also a media producer, sound designer and music technology writer. Holger has been producing music with computers since the 1980s.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If youve ever wanted to get into composing orchestral arrangements on your computer, or learn more about it, watch Orchestral Library Toolbox today!

Achim Brochhausen is a professionally trained musician (piano and violin), music producer and composer. His area of expertise is the realization of orchestral music within the computer, and also works as a music teacher, live musician and author, as well as a producer for many well known artists.

Holger Steinbrink has many years experience as a certified instructor, and is also a media producer, sound designer and music technology writer. Holger has been producing music with computers since the 1980’s.

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    German based tutorial company audio-workshop have created the definitive guide for “getting going” with orchestral libraries and creating orchestral compositions in your DAW! Groove3 is proud to be the exclusive distributor of the English version of these in-depth video tutorials.

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Orchestral Library Toolbox is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Lots of tips and useful information. High recommended!
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent series For anyone using virtual instruments to simulate orchestral music, whether for film, tv, trailers or even adding to pop/rock arrangements, this is a must see. A few sections were a bit redundant for me - I didn't need to see them play in example after example of some of the items - but beginners would benefit. I do a lot of typesetting and I think there are far easier ways than they talked about to get one's music from a bunch of MIDI items to a notation product acceptable for an orchestra to play. But what they did show will work nicely.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent presentation I purchased this a short time ago and have been very very impressed with this product . This is an excellent product for one who is already an orchestrator or can read music and needs to do the crossover to electronic midi sequencing etc. The presenters are extremely professional and the combination of their voice-over and examples to listen to flow well together.( they don't ramble on while you are trying to listen to the music example ) The sequential steps and chapters are all very logical and laid out in simplistic terms for any person to comprehend. This product also comes with PDF sheet music to download and I would recommend that you download the PDF as this will help understand how to explode your music for midi sequencing in the electronic world. In conclusion I would highly recommend this tutorial as an extremely valuable library resource material. Peter Reynolds Australia
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Orchestral Library This is excellent.It gives an idea of the different libraries,and how to use them.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great content Must see! For composers, songwriters, all musicians
Date published: 2016-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excepcional! No other words to describe it! Full suited for the beginner but very deep for the experienced as well. I'm learning a lot from this course. Recommended!
Date published: 2016-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Serious Course Great Value This European Based Team is detailed oriented yet very hands on and practical. I am a pro tools user but recently branched into orchestration and with that the mock orchestra is a reality and a fantastic tool. This is a Cubase environment but easily transferable or as they say DAW NEUTRAL. The idea to explore with deep stacks of sounds orchestral templates is what George Martin brought to the Beatles… I feel I am gaining valuable practical knowledge. My next class is VEPro 6 A must have component in that type of settings.
Date published: 2016-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very comprehensive, with many practical examples. This series alone has justified the price of my subscription! It has so many examples across different genres. Very inspiring!
Date published: 2016-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST EVER! I have been waiting for English version of this video tutorials from audioworkshop for years. I did use the German version, with difficulties of not understanding the language a year ago. I find this to be the best tutorials to learn Orchestra genre on Cubase ever on internet.
Date published: 2016-09-17
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