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Creating Epic Cinematic Compositions

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    What is an Epic, Cinematic Composition? (5:44)


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    Software (5:39)


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    Creating String Ostinatos Pt. 1 (7:29)


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    Creating String Ostinatos Pt. 2 (5:32)


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    Adding Extra Strings (7:43)


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    Introducing the Horn Melody (5:54)


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    Accompanying Brass Parts (7:16)


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    Using Pads for Ambient Drone Soundscapes (3:28)


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    Emotive Piano Motif (6:50)


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    Using Pulsing Instruments (4:22)


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    Adding Risers for Effects (8:45)


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    Building Up Epic Percussion Pt. 1 (10:07)


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    Building Up Epic Percussion Pt. 2 (8:30)


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    Extra Flourishes with Woodwinds (8:12)


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    Adding Choirs to the Mix (3:25)


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    What is a Braam? (10:17)


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    Braams with Strings & Choirs (12:14)


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    Reiteration of Piano Theme for Outro (5:46)


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    Checking the Mix Pt. 1 - Levels & Automation (11:17)


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    Checking the Mix Pt. 2 - EQ, Compression & Reverb (9:52)


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    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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FLiK
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

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ViktorTrue
Submitted 3 months ago

Detailed Tutorial

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.

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AM
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:

Thank you for your review!
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!
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NickEss
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

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Eric
Submitted 6 months ago

Awesome

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

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Lamby
Submitted 7 months ago

Brilliant

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

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mikeprovencher
Submitted 7 months ago

Very enlightening.

Great to see someone put this together to show all the possibilities.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Ableton Live

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Eugenio Jedi Martinez
Submitted 8 months ago

Very Good !

Thank you so much, this tutorial is great !!

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Rifo
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

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ciberscriber
Submitted 9 months ago

Encore, Encore!

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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Gary Hiebner is a sound designer and music composer from South Africa who has worked in new media such as music and sound for TV and online games. He has worked through a multitude of different audio software, and through this found a passion for teaching how to use the different types of audio software that are available on the market. Gary is a firm believer that audio software has its place in the creative field and using them as tools you can get different results which you might not have ever imagined in your compositions and productions.

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Creating Epic Cinematic Compositions is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 24 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2018-09-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Detailed Tutorial 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.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome This course was great. Lots of practical information, and it was laid out in an organized way. Highly recommend. Hope they make another one!
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very enlightening. Great to see someone put this together to show all the possibilities.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Brilliant Just watched the full series over a few days and it has been a really useful series, highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Good ! Thank you so much, this tutorial is great !!
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Encore, Encore! 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.
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Epic Presentation This was a stellar presentation from start to finish. Well thought out and presented. The breakout of instrument parts including Risers and Hits and clarifying the use of midi articulations which used to confuse me was invaluable. Thank you very much
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Helpfull! That was a good example of how to create a cinematic composition! I hope you can produce others!!
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing Every moment was on point. This was an excellent use of my time.
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Yeh! Great Series The essence of each section is well explained without too much repetition or monotony.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastic tutorials! Highly recommended. Very well presented. Very useful information. Final track sounds fantastic! Thank you Gary!
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Outstanding, One of the Best of Groove3 So impressed and pleased with the information presented here, this author deserves a lot of credit for organizing and putting together his experience. This was such a launching pad for my creativity. Each video, layer by layer, brings into focus a great approach to creating an Epic Orchestral piece. All I can say is thank you for sharing this...
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very nice! It would be great to see subtitle for videos
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great stuff, very helpful. Long awaited instruction video on this topic. Hopefully there is more to come.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Orchestral Bliss this is a very good tutorial on how to use and manipulate orchestral libraries,ill strongly recommend this video to all who use these libraries besides the masters of movie soundtracks
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Interesting and useful Loved this series, though sometimes he got a bit repetitive, eg. "now I'll record another pass with some expression". In general though I found it very instructive and interesting. So interesting that I watched it all through back-to-back
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful A great example on how to expand a simple chord progression to a huge cinematic orchestral piece and a great tutorial on good workflow habits. Recommended to the beginning composer and arranger with a basic knowledge of music harmony.
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from How to expand on a very simple theme There is no one way to do anything, but this video shows a very valid way to take an odd chord progression to create a simple haunting melody and orchestrate it with some really good ideas. No matter what level you are as an orchestrator you will likely get more than one good idea here. The mix of orchestral instruments with synth noise patches it very well done. It is hard to tell where some rise and hit patches are sitting in the mix, so well are they blended with orchestral tympany samples. Kudos.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent! This is a fantastic tutorial. I was looking for something like this for a long time. Everything is very well explained from chord progression to layering and mixing/mastering and exporting stems. Extremely helpfull tutorial. The only thing I would like to hear about is what next steps in advancing furtner besides Groove3 website, like other more advanced tutorials, etc. Thank you for the great tutorial!!
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Insightful Well explained
Date published: 2017-12-29
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