Welcome to the series! Your instructors give a short overview of whats to come.
1.1.1 Technical Knowledge12:44
Learn the important basic requirements for computer hardware and software that are necessary to work with large orchestral libraries.
1.1.2 MIDI Hardware6:13
Learn about the MIDI hardware thats used to control orchestral libraries.
1.1.3 Volume vs Expression5:51
Discover the differences between the volume of an instrument and its expression, and how it is implemented in a virtual orchestral library.
1.1.4 What are Release Samples?3:29
See why release samples are necessary to emulate the sound of a classic instrument perfectly.
1.1.5 KONTAKT Library Install & Authorize10:52
Watch how to install and authorize a orchestral library for the most common software sampler, Native Instruments KONTAKT.
1.1.6 Using Single Outputs with KONTAKT7:25
Learn how to setup single outputs for libraries when working with the KONTAKT sampler.
1.1.7 Creating a Hybrid Orchestra Template11:59
See a step-by-step guide for creating an up-to-date orchestral template and how it works.
A Virtual Orchestra in Your Computer
1.2.1 Instruments & Articulations26:48
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.
1.2.2 Panning Settings of Orchestral Instruments7:54
For beginners and experienced users. How to place orchestral instruments in the stereo field in consideration of its regular position.
1.2.3 Room Effect Settings for Orchestral Instruments11:40
For beginners and experienced users. How to place an orchestral instrument in 3D-space by using a reverb effect.
1.2.4 Single Instruments vs. Multi Instruments vs. Phrased Instruments8:43
What are the three types of common orchestral instrument libraries and how do they work.
Watch an overview about articulation in orchestral libraries and how they work.
2.1.2 Recording Keyswitches3:24
Discover how to record Keyswitches when using articulations in your music.
2.1.3 CineSymphony LITE Strings Intro17:11
Get an introduction to this wonderful orchestral library and how articulations are set up.
2.1.4 Recording with CineSymphony LITE27:57
Learn how to record Keyswitches by using a common classical theme from Mozart, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.
2.1.5 Recording Strings with VSL16:56
The same example as in the last chapter, now using another library from well known manufacturer VSL.
2.1.6 Recording Woodwinds with VSL16:13
See how to work with articulations on VSL Library woodwind instruments such as piccolo flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and contrabassoon.
2.1.7 Samplemodeling Woodwind Instruments13:56
The same example as in the last chapter, now using specialized woodwinds instruments from Samplemodeling within the SWAM player.
2.1.8 Recording Brass with VSL20:20
Learn how to use articulations with the VSL Special Edition Library brass instruments, such as trumpet, trombone and horn.
2.1.9 Samplemodeling Brass Instruments14:15
The same example as in the last chapter, now using specialized woodwind instruments from Samplemodeling within KONTAKT player.
2.1.10 Percussion Instruments22:54
Learn more about the different percussion and orchestral drums and how to play them.
2.1.11 Practical Use of Percussion19:06
Here youll learn some practical uses for percussion by analyzing drum loops and transferring their rhythms to orchestral percussion instruments.
Understanding and Using Ostinati
2.2.1 Intro to Ostinati4:54
Learn what an ostinato is and how its used in modern classical music.
2.2.2 Basic Pattern6:06
Discover how to record a basic ostinati pattern by combining different strings.
2.2.3 Rhythm & Instrumentation7:11
Learn more about ostinati by using advanced rhythm and instrumentation techniques.
2.2.4 Structured Dynamics6:05
Discover another example of ostinato by building up a structured dynamic performance.
2.2.5 Strong Accentuations6:25
See how ostinati works when notes are accentuated.
2.2.6 Counter-Rotating Ostinati7:12
Learn about a more sophisticated technique for ostinato called the counter-rotation, and how to use it.
2.2.7 Time Changes with Ostinati9:37
Discover how Ostinati can also be enhanced with time-changes.
2.2.8 Ostinati with Harmonies5:26
Finally, learn how and why an ostinato can be built-up by using different harmonies.
Using Lyrical Patterns to Create Moods
2.3.1 Lyrical Introduction5:13
Discover how orchestral instruments are often used to create different moods.
2.3.2 The Four Basic Chord Types5:35
Learn about the four basic chord types, major, minor, augmented and diminished, which cover the full range of emotion.
2.3.3 Typical chord progressions10:49
Discover more about typical chord progressions that are often used within film scores and classical music.
2.3.4 Suspenseful Chord Progressions16:00
See how to create suspenseful feelings when composing music to provoke important emotional reactions.
2.3.5 Harmonic & Dynamic Progressions12:39
Learn more about chord progressions and how they can enhance your music.
2.3.6 Mood Changes6:59
See even more examples on how to change chords for creating specific moods.
2.3.7 Moods with Reduced Scales5:44
Discover how you can use only the notes of a scale to create impressive chords.
2.3.8 Moods with Instrument Combinations7:51
Learn how to combine different orchestral instruments to create different moods.
2.4.1 The Classic Epic Theme Pt. 126:44
Learn how to create a complete, classic epic composition track by track.
2.4.2 The Classic Epic Theme Pt. 216:47
Continue seeing how to create a complete, classic epic composition track by track.
2.4.3 The Elegiac Ending15:20
Discover how to create an elegiac ending composition track by track.
2.4.4 The Modern Action Theme12:13
See how to create a complete, modern action theme track by track.
Horn Section for Pop, Soul & Funk
2.5.1 Horn Section Introduction10:17
See how to use wind instruments in pop, soul and funk music and create a horn section.
2.5.2 Harmonic Analysis13:49
Start by analyzing the piece before writing the wind section parts.
2.5.3 The Horn Section5:43
See how to build up your horn section by using a virtual trumpet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, as well as a trombone.
2.5.4 The Flugelhorn9:31
Moving on, discover the effect a flugelhorn has when added to the section.
2.5.5 One More Time!7:36
See another example of how to emulate a wind section by using virtual instruments only.
String Section for Rock & Pop
2.6.1 String Section Introduction23:16
Discover how to use orchestral string instruments within rock and pop music compositions.
2.6.2 Legato Background9:22
Watch and learn how legato strings are used to create a classic mood within a rock music track.
2.6.3 Staccato & Legato14:35
See how by using staccato and legato strings alternately, you can vitalize your pop and rock music compositions.
2.6.4 Disco & House9:02
Discover how modern dance music can be elevated by using classic strings instruments.
2.6.5 Strings & Vocals14:32
Watch how orchestral strings are a must-have in a vocal ballad composition.
See how string runs are often used to connect song parts, and how to construct them in detail.
3.1 From MIDI Notes to Notation7:55
Discover how to turn your MIDI recordings into notation that musicians can read.
3.2 Mixing & Mastering Orchestral Music15:55
Learn the Dos and Donts of mixing and mastering orchestral music.
3.3 Phrased Instruments6:15
See how a phrased instrument library works in detail, featuring the Sonokinetic Capriccio library.
3.4 Library Recommendations10:30
Finally, the authors give some useful tips and recommendations for using orchestral libraries.
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!
Submitted 2 months ago
Lots of tips and useful information. High recommended!
I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician
Submitted 2 months ago
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.
I am a: Musician
Submitted 4 months ago
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
I am a: Professional, Musician, Sound for Film/TV
Submitted 4 months ago
This is excellent.It gives an idea of the different libraries,and how to use them.
I am a: Audio Engineer, Musician, Sound for Film/TV
Submitted 5 months ago
Must see! For composers, songwriters, all musicians
I am a: Semi-Pro
Submitted 5 months ago
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!
I am a: Professional, Audio Engineer, Musician
Submitted 6 months ago
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.
I am a: Semi-Pro, Hobbyist
Submitted 6 months ago
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!
I am a: Musician
Submitted 7 months ago
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.
I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Hobbyist
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