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Creating Realistic MIDI Horns

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    Learn about the challenges of making MIDI horns sound realistic.

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    Adjusting Timing

    See how timing changes can make horn parts sound tighter and more realistic.

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    Using Expression CC#11

    Explore how to use expression automation to make horn notes attack and decay more naturally.

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    Using Pitchbend

    Discover how to use pitch bend to slide up to notes and add vibrato to notes.

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    Keyswitches & Articulations

    Learn about the different brass articulations and how to switch them during your MIDI performances.

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    Stacking Instruments

    See how to stack multiple instruments for a “Bigger Band” sound, as well as make a fuller sounding patch for live performance.

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    Discover the importance of legato in played phrases for making truer musical passages.

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    Panning & Ambience

    Explore how to pan and effect horns to make them sound more like real players in a real room.

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    Using Played Riffs

    Learn how to edit and use actual sampled real playing to add realism to your parts and performance.

Product Overview

William Sprawls shows you how to create realistic sounding horn performances and parts from today’s software instruments. See how by adding small tweaks to the different MIDI continuous controller options, you can produce convincing sounding horn solos and section arrangements that will impress!

William starts off by talking about all the challenges that exist when making realistic horn parts in your DAW, and then dives right in with videos on the different MIDI continuous controller options available, and how to use them to make your horn tracks sound real.

Stacking, panning, legato, ambience and more are also explored, revealing the right steps take to make your horn parts come alive in your productions.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you have a need for virtual horns in your songs, this series will empower you to dramatically improve the way they sound and feel… Watch “Creating Realistic MIDI Horns” today!

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Creating Realistic MIDI Horns is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 24 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Interesting and Informative I've understand for a while that midi horns are one of the hardest things to get to sound realistic. This series really does make it seem possible. Good job!
Date published: 2020-11-12
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Lively midi horns Short and nice course for non brass players to make midi horns more lively.
Date published: 2020-04-01
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Short and consise Straight to the point, no nonsense, covering all the relevant areas, with lots of great examples and tips. His English is very clear and easy to understand. Definitely worth the money.
Date published: 2019-07-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful It has helped me for my next production for sure.
Date published: 2019-01-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Most excellent This course contains really clear and simple instructions that will help my MIDI horns sound waaayyyyy better. Thanks.
Date published: 2018-10-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful: Very useful, multiple great ideas, explanations to the point. This is a great tutorial. It shows great ideas for enhancing the realism of MIDI-horns and the explanations are to the point. Each video is short (around 6 minutes) and the overall tutorial is also quite short, as there are no fillers. The musical examples are great. I just wish the other tutorial on arranging horns (different instructor) had a similar quality, which it sadly hasn't. Would gladly watch more tutorials from this instructor.
Date published: 2018-09-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent course. This is the kind of information that the makers of virtual instruments ought to include, but never do. This course is very in-depth and will improve the virtual brass performances for anyone who wants to put in the time and effort. That part - the elbow grease - isn't included. :)
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Like his tutorial on realistic strings, full of good and useful tips
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great instruction for non-horn playing guitarists Adding MIDI horns from a keyboard to your tracks really sounds unrealistic. This course shows you all of the dynamics of horns. Whether its the adjusting the rise and decay, the slightly 'before the bar' attack, or other nuances that if applied to the playing/recording, you can have realistic sounding MIDI horns!
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from good content great information.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A thorough expose of many expressive options It was so great that he used the same plug-in and DAW that I own.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very informative Very well presented, with lots of good ideas and tips. Although it covered products I don't use, I can still use many of the ideas with the products I have.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great explanation!! This is information I can definitely use and will help me immensely in my own projects. I have saved it as a favorite and will be referring back frequently.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good tutorial A good starting video on the subject and applicable to just about any brass library.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Great Utility Video A very utilitarian video on how to give life to your sampled horns. Covers all the basics.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Easy for a music dabbler to follow I was having real problems making my horns section to not sound like a cheap synthesizer. The VI I use is not a cheap one but I didn't know how to use its features properly.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Fatures !!!!! Very Interessting and usefull Tutorial - thats the only of it´s Kind that i now.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Tips and Tricks Practical and succinct. A relatively brief but informative tutorial that does not attempt to be a treatise on horn arranging. The real value is the clarity of focus.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastic arrangements and nice insights You get nice insights for programming brass. highly recommend this in order to know about session horns pro too.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Now we're talking This is what I have been looking for -- making instruments sound real. As a sax player, I am looking for the sound, not an electronica wannabe. Amazing to see how much difference this tricks make. Thank you!
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome. I was hoping of more stuff like this from groove3. I normally basically just see videos in which people seem to just be saying what each knob does, while theres a place for that, I'd much rather se techniques and tricks. Thanks
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very practical advice for realistic horns Very clear explanations and good arragenment to illustrate points
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent use of showing how to manipulate step-by Started watching this while working and had to quit after the fourth video because there was too much I wanted to see. I was skeptical when I listened at first because the horns sounded so stiff and assumed that was the final product. But as they dive into the controls for each parameter, it's amazing to see the nuanaces. The only downside: Now I'm online researching MIDI breath controllers I shouldn't be buying right now.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Didn't Know My Midi Horns Could Do That Enlightening lessons on midi horn articulation. Will's examples of subtle variations both tonally and sonically have been really helpful. A nice concise tutorial. I'll watch it again.
Date published: 2016-12-09
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