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  • What is an Epic, Cinematic Composition? 5:44

    What is an Epic, Cinematic Composition?

    Gary welcomes you and gives a short introduction on what epic, cinematic compositions are and a play through of the track you'll be working on together.

  • Software 5:39

    Software

    Gary now covers the software requirements and gives recommendations on what you'll need to write for a Cinematic Composition.

  • Creating String Ostinatos Pt. 1 7:29

    Creating String Ostinatos Pt. 1

    Gary begins by showing you how to write an ostinato pattern with the 1st violins.

  • Creating String Ostinatos Pt. 2 5:32

    Creating String Ostinatos Pt. 2

    This video takes the ostinato further to the 2nd Violins and how you can use Step Input recording when creating the part.

  • Adding Extra Strings 7:43

    Adding Extra Strings

    Now learn how to build up the rest of the string section by recording parts for the Viola, Cellos and Basses.

  • Introducing the Horn Melody 5:54

    Introducing the Horn Melody

    Gary shows you how the Piano melody sketch is moved across to the Horns, and how the MIDI data is edited to create a realistic performance.

  • Accompanying Brass Parts 7:16

    Accompanying Brass Parts

    The rest of the Brass parts are now recorded in for the Trumpets and Trombones.

  • Using Pads for Ambient Drone Soundscapes 3:28

    Using Pads for Ambient Drone Soundscapes

    Gary now demonstrates how a synthetic pad is recorded in to add a certain mood to the production's intro.

  • Emotive Piano Motif 6:50

    Emotive Piano Motif

    See how an emotive piano motif is recorded in the introduction section over the pads, adding more depth to the soundscape.

  • Using Pulsing Instruments 4:22

    Using Pulsing Instruments

    Gary reveals how to record a pulsing / sequenced sound to create tension and add pace to the arrangement.

  • Adding Risers for Effects 8:45

    Adding Risers for Effects

    Now see how to add in riser effects to build up to the big impact moment in the arrangement for dramatic effect.

  • Building Up Epic Percussion Pt. 1 10:07

    Building Up Epic Percussion Pt. 1

    Explore constructing the rhythms for the different percussion parts in the arrangement.

  • Building Up Epic Percussion Pt. 2 8:30

    Building Up Epic Percussion Pt. 2

    Gary continues to build up the percussion parts for the percussion section, adding some final elements.

  • Extra Flourishes with Woodwinds 8:12

    Extra Flourishes with Woodwinds

    Woodwinds are now added in to add some extra interest and detail to the production.

  • Adding Choirs to the Mix 3:25

    Adding Choirs to the Mix

    Gary now experiments with Choirs to add a human element to the arrangement.

  • What is a Braam? 10:17

    What is a Braam?

    Gary explains what a Braam is and how you can create it with the Brass and Percussion sections.

  • Braams with Strings & Choirs 12:14

    Braams with Strings & Choirs

    See how to add more complexity into the Braam by adding some strings and choirs to the mix.

  • Reiteration of Piano Theme for Outro 5:46

    Reiteration of Piano Theme for Outro

    Explore how to repeat the Piano motif played in the intro, and add it to the outro of the songs as well, including the pads over it for more impact.

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

    Checking the Mix Pt. 1 - Levels & Automation

    Follow along as Gary starts working the mix by balancing the different levels of the tracks, plus adds in volume automation for more precise control.

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

    Checking the Mix Pt. 2 - EQ, Compression & Reverb

    Now explore how you can use EQ, Compression Effects and Reverb Sends in your Cinematic Compositions for an even bigger, more complex sound.

  • Exporting Out Your Song & Audio Stems 10:03

    Exporting Out Your Song & Audio Stems

    Wrapping it up, Gary shows you how to Export out your song, as well as how and why to print audio stems of your different sections of your epic, cinematic composition.

Product Overview


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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