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    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.

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

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    Creating String Ostinatos Pt. 1

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

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    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.

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    Adding Extra Strings

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

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    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.

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    Accompanying Brass Parts

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

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    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.

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    Emotive Piano Motif

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

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    Using Pulsing Instruments

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

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    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.

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    Building Up Epic Percussion Pt. 1

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

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    Building Up Epic Percussion Pt. 2

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

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    Extra Flourishes with Woodwinds

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

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    Adding Choirs to the Mix

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

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    What is a Braam?

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

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    Braams with Strings & Choirs

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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Creating Epic Cinematic Compositions is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 53 .
Rated 1.5 out of 5 by from Not clear introduction The first introduction , it seems s that Gary had a mistake by naming the piano sketch parts : sloppy ?
Date published: 2021-05-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Course Delighted with this course Learnt an awful lot.
Date published: 2021-03-15
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very Helpful for comosing Short to put it in a nutshell. Every important topic is included. Thumbs up ; )
Date published: 2021-02-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from better than YouTube very helpful lesson are very good learning everything about daw
Date published: 2020-12-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Walkthrough! I appreciate the fact that I was able to watch the composition from idea to finished product, including how to export.
Date published: 2020-10-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Improved my knowledge and skills The instructor is amazing. He teaches by taking you through creating a cinematic composition from scratch. The pacing is good, teahing style is great, and i have made my first cinematic composition. I have been making pop music for over ten years, recently I have an itch for cinematic orchestral music.
Date published: 2020-10-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very useful tutorial series. I learned a lot from this series, and not only about producing epic compositions. Lots of transferrable info for all types of productions. Nice presentation style, easy to follow, well explained and informative.
Date published: 2020-10-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from simply awesome it has helped to learn how simple it is to create amazing cinematic compositions
Date published: 2020-09-14
Rated 0.5 out of 5 by from "Groove3 - Creating Worst Without Genre Music for even lower than beginners" Usually, Groove3 videos are good. The mentors are really great. But not this guy. The guy has no clue what he is talking about. People nowadays will make just any random videos they can get on their mind. Explained in videos: 1. Creating ostinatos = He already has piano melody, talking about chords, no smooth talking, no one realizes him; Then he talks about cc#1 for ostinato things, its done by velocity in notes, not any cc#1, plays end of something that sounds bad with piano, sounds annoying like kid jumping over piano with legs. 2. Whole 5 minutes video to copy paste notes, well done. 3. Added violas in same registry as first violins, and made horrible sound, showing he has no clue what he talks about. 4. Using horns with in muted dynamic range, which will hurt your ears, creating some bad melody. 5. Adding more piano!!!! 6. Pulsating synth. After ruining orchestral instruments, lets fix it by some loop already done by someone smarter than you. 7. Risers and effects - EDM epic cinematic music. 8. Random percussion hitting, luckily that library sounds good however you hit it. 9.. More percussion random hitting not knowing what hes doing. 10. Adding scale and wasting woodwinds on it. 11. Not very informed chord spelling (that B6 is not a B6 at all in that context) Honestly, these contents are a 'UDEMY WORTH CONTENT'. These type of contents are basically, trying to degrade the value of GROOVE3.
Date published: 2020-09-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful indeed! It is an excellent tutorial because it explains a clear, rational and working musical form. You study step by step the basics from which to build a complete small piece of music: a perfect tutorial for all beginners. I wish there were a thousand tutorials like this: one for each music genre.
Date published: 2020-09-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fun and really learned a lot. This is a fun genre indeed. Thanks for making it available and affordable.
Date published: 2020-08-25
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very helpful This was was helpful. Not so sure about about doing deep ultra low end freq cuts for cinematic stuff. But the content is good and like all his videos is well explained.
Date published: 2020-08-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This did show a lot. Helped no end. Lately been playing about with orchestration this really gave me some good answers to achieve what I was looking for. Thank you
Date published: 2020-07-13
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very Valuable Knowledge Great Teaching I am excited to watch this in Logic X . My new DAW with insights how to use VI layered from various libraries. The techniques and step by step work flows are very good and easy to adapt. This will be easily adapted even into more Harmony and Composition oriented works.
Date published: 2020-06-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent This course is so much fun and so helpful -- it's been a great experience to go through the videos and apply the ideas to my own composition. My own result is quite different from the sample provided in the course, but by following along I've learned a ton about my DAW, MIDI editing, orchestration, the characteristics of my own orchestral libraries (I'm using NI's Symphony Series instruments), as well as having explored the capabilities of some of the NI instruments I hadn't yet had the opportunity to learn or use, like Evolve. This is top-quality content. Well done and thank you.
Date published: 2020-04-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Perfect Walk Through The exact kind of tutorial Like, very informative and thorough, yet moved quickly.
Date published: 2020-04-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Amazing and helpful Excellent guide to demonstrate how to carry out an epic orchestral composition.
Date published: 2020-04-08
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Almost perfect! Very well organized! The only thing I would like on the course is it to be more detailed on orchestration technics (anyway the examples are very good)
Date published: 2020-04-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very profitable for me It is a course that addresses many aspects of the cinematic composition and from which you can extract a catalog of resources to compose songs of this type.
Date published: 2020-01-24
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Great course but a bit misleading The course is amazing in everything. However, the course title is a bit misleading as it's not a composition course. The course is more of instruments arrangement and orchestration. Composition is a different story that shows what scales, chords, modes, etc. to be used in an epic project. Despite the instructor slightly covered a small glimpse of Composition by offering certain chord progressions, most of the material was talking about arrangement. Hence, the four stars. Other than that, the entire tutorial was carefully prepared and properly delivered. Well done.
Date published: 2020-01-24
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from I find it very helpful. I am truly enjoying the video training on creating Epic Cinematic Composition. You have an outstanding method of teaching. Very few provide detail style of instructions and illustrations as you do. Thanks
Date published: 2020-01-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Comprehensive and well presented. Just a brief mention in the beginning on writing a piano sketch so a beginner will need to have that to get started but covers just about everything else. I felt like I came away from the series with a blueprint for orchestrating this type of music.
Date published: 2020-01-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful Loved it Excellent
Date published: 2019-10-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful This tutorial series really helped me understand the genre
Date published: 2019-06-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great!!! Loved this series and all of the others from Gary, Thanks man!
Date published: 2019-04-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A very clear and practical course I enjoyed this course. I've some experience in the area, but it was great to see the trainer's perspective, and I gained a lot of handy practical tips on how to improve my work.
Date published: 2019-03-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent - recommended. Very well constructed series - Gary is a great teacher.
Date published: 2019-03-14
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from To The Point Goals are clearly explained, looking forward to the other part sI have bought from Gary's tutorials.
Date published: 2018-12-29
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Muy bueno Me gustaría que los tutoriales estuvieran traducidos al español. Muchas gracias
Date published: 2018-11-10
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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