What is an Epic, Cinematic Composition? (5:44)
Creating String Ostinatos Pt. 1 (7:29)
Creating String Ostinatos Pt. 2 (5:32)
Adding Extra Strings (7:43)
Introducing the Horn Melody (5:54)
Accompanying Brass Parts (7:16)
Using Pads for Ambient Drone Soundscapes (3:28)
Emotive Piano Motif (6:50)
Using Pulsing Instruments (4:22)
Adding Risers for Effects (8:45)
Building Up Epic Percussion Pt. 1 (10:07)
Building Up Epic Percussion Pt. 2 (8:30)
Extra Flourishes with Woodwinds (8:12)
Adding Choirs to the Mix (3:25)
What is a Braam? (10:17)
Braams with Strings & Choirs (12:14)
Reiteration of Piano Theme for Outro (5:46)
Checking the Mix Pt. 1 - Levels & Automation (11:17)
Checking the Mix Pt. 2 - EQ, Compression & Reverb (9:52)
Exporting Out Your Song & Audio Stems (10:03)
Orchestral wiz Gary Hiebner shows you how to create an epic cinematic composition from scratch, which can be used for a film, game or TV soundtrack. You also get the Logic Pro X project file containing the associated MIDI files allowing you to experiment with your own virtual instruments, as well as the audio stems, so you can compare your sounds against Gary’s!
Gary begins by welcoming you and goes over what you’ll be accomplishing in the video series, as well as plays you the cinematic production you’ll create together. He also goes over the software needed to produce this type of arrangement.
You’ll then jump right in, starting with creating string ostinatos, adding extra strings, horn melodies, brass parts, as well as how to create ambient drone patches to support and mystify the composition.
Crafting the piano motif is next, followed by how to use pulsing instruments to create tension and add pace to the arrangement. Gary then shows you how to add riser effects to build up to the big impact moment in the arrangement, for dramatic effect.
You’ll then continue on and see how to build up percussion parts, add woodwind flourishes, add a choir for a human element, what a Braam is and how make it more complex with strings and a choir, and how to bring back the piano theme at the end of the arrangement to tie it all together.
Concluding the series, Gary demonstrates how to mix it all with proper level setting, automation, EQ, compression and reverb, as well as how to export your creation as a stereo file and as individual stems to give to other audio and film professionals.
See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you have ever wondered what goes into creating an epic cinematic composition, or want to start composing your own, this is a great place to start. Begin your journey into this awesome production genre and watch “Creating Epic Cinematic Compositions” now!
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Submitted 2 months ago
A treasure chest of tips and ideas
There are so many little techniques and approaches showcased here, that almost any producer - especially beginners or intermediate level - are bound to find something helpful.
I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Sound Designer, Game Designer, FL Studio
Submitted 3 months ago
I really enjoyed Gary's tutorial series on creating epic cinematic compositions. You're not going to find a massive cinematic piece being worked on in the series, all of the functional building blocks to create your own epic sound are here and waiting to be built upon. I found the descriptions of the instrumentation and composition elements to be very helpful. The mention of specific sound libraries was valuable to me as well. I'm looking forward to more products from Gary as the I felt the quality was very good to get me moving in the epic arena.
Submitted 3 months ago
Overall a good course with some flaws
Overall, this course represents a helpful look at writing cinematic music. It does features some odd choices which would be considered by most professional orchestrators as poor writing (e.g. writing 2nd violins one octave higher than 2st) and some not very informed chord spelling (that B6 is not a B6 at all in that context) but it is very enjoyable and it gave me one or two helpful tips.
I am a: Professional, Musician, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Game Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV
Response from Customer Service:
I'm glad you found the value, quality, and ease of the tutorial to be mostly 4 and 5 star. We feel anyone starting to create cinematic compositions will learn a lot from the guidelines presented here.
It's true that different people will have different creative choices but overall, this tutorial will help the newcomer start down the right path!
Submitted 6 months ago
Easy to follow
In just under 3 hours, Gary explained the basics of producing epic music and did it very well. I followed along by creating my own track after each video.
I am a: Hobbyist, Producer, Cubase
Submitted 6 months ago
This course was great. Lots of practical information, and it was laid out in an organized way. Highly recommend. Hope they make another one!
I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Pro Tools
Submitted 7 months ago
Just watched the full series over a few days and it has been a really useful series, highly recommend.
I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV
Submitted 7 months ago
Great to see someone put this together to show all the possibilities.
I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Ableton Live
Submitted 8 months ago
Very Good !
Thank you so much, this tutorial is great !!
Submitted 8 months ago
Fun to follow
It was fun to follow. It's mostly for beginners but refreshing for all. I was able to achieve the same exact piece with using only kontakt factory library (+ Rise and hit) Now we need a second level course ASAP.
I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro, Pro Tools
Submitted 9 months ago
Well done! I encourage Groove 3 to create a tutorial catagory covering the various elements of Production Music (a.k.a Stock Music or Library Music), e.g., Epic, Cinematic, Trailers, Soundtracks, Foley, ADR, Video Games, Commercials and Jingles.
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