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    Overview (1:19)


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    Articulations & Arrangement Pt. 1 (5:39)


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    Articulations & Arrangement Pt. 2 (9:28)


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    Advanced Bowings (4:03)


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    Expression & Volume Swells (7:14)


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    Stacking Articulations (4:17)


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    Animators & Arpeggiators (9:17)


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    Divisi (3:44)


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    Panning & Effects (6:58)


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    Solo Strings (4:52)


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    Legato (5:05)


In this video tutorial series, studio master William Sprawls focuses on ways to craft real sounding string parts and arrangements using the various virtual string instruments available today!

Will starts out with the basics of string libraries vs a real orchestra so you know what to expect. He then covers using articulations, advanced bowing techniques, incorporating expression & volume swells into parts, using arpeggiators to create cool phrases, panning and effects, solo string parts, using Legato and much more!

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you’re looking to create authentic sounding string parts using MIDI virtual instruments, get ready to string ’em up… Watch “Creating Realistic MIDI Strings” today!


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jeng
Submitted 2 months ago

Gives me new ideas writing for strings

Very helpful with all the articulations and techniques concerning writing for strings.

I am a: Ableton Live, Pro Tools

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Nyj
Submitted 9 months ago

Good and useful

Short but rich - great little tutorial full of excellent tips

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools

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ronny22
Submitted 1 year ago

great course

as i have many string libraries ,this course has given me more insight in haw to stack and program string samples

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Sound Designer, FL Studio

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Craigster91
Submitted 2 years ago

Helpful, especially if using Kontact String Ensemble.

I benefitted from the guidance to resist playing string ensemble patches, but rather to record separate instruments to separate tracks, even using additional tracks for different articulations. The Expressions part was particularly helpful. Also, the introduction to "Native Instruments' Action Strings." Wow. Explanations of Divisi and why to use 3rd party reverb (vs. built-in) were good. Many particular features related directly to specific software he was using (especially the remarkable "String Ensemble" by NI for Kontact). However, other string libraries don't necessarily have those features. (It doubled as a good ad for this and other software products).

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Studio One, Samplitude

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BBOBBYB
Submitted 2 years ago

very nice

AAA

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live, Cakewalk Sonar, Reason

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GeneHall
Submitted 2 years ago

Concise Basic Techniques Overview

Informative tutorial, especially for beginning to intermediate level musicians. The instructor speaks a little rushed and the arrangements were not engaging or interesting enough to clearly demonstrate the techniques.

I am a: Producer, Professional, Audio Engineer, Musician

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gabehizer
Submitted 2 years ago

Basic Info on String Writing

Basic info on the different articulations and how to use them in a simple arrangement. I was hoping for more advanced info on writing midi parts to more closely simulate orchestral sounds.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician

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Schweats
Submitted 2 years ago

Realistic Midi strings

This video series gives interesting info on string parts via Midi libraries. However the audio levels need to be remixed with the subtleties of the string parts themselves mixed louder over non-string parts. The tutor appears to be a string player himself or a long seasoned string arranger and the info he imparts comes from someone who knows the idiom well.

I am a: Professional, Musician

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Marty 100
Submitted 2 years ago

Good tips and tricks

This is a good tips and tricks video rather than a basic or fundamental overview of MIDi strings. Strange choice of Syudio One DAW but it wasn't as off putting as I expected. Worth a watch.

I am a: Producer, Professional, Musician, Sound Designer

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Dante
Submitted 2 years ago

Great overall

Excellent instructor with well detailed lessons. Very practical information that you can apply immediately. Looking forward to more from this instructor.

I am a: Audio Engineer, Musician, Hobbyist

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I have been playing music for 35 years since I was 6 years old. I play Piano, Synth, Guitar, and program Drums.

2. What training have you had?

I have attended training workshops for the last 15 years at the music stores I worked for, as well as several offsite training centers in LA for major recording companies such as JBL, Focusrite, Apogee, and Roland.

3. When did you get into recording?

I got my first 4 track recorder at the age of 14 and have been very interested since then! (25 years ago)

4. People you have worked with/for?

I have worked with several artists including The Hawthorne Effect, The Morning Stares, Giovanni James, and worked on musical projects for Microjams, WGN and the Chicago Blackhawks, Nike, Harpo Productions and Warner Chappell Productions.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Since I was a young kid, I always liked to take things apart and figure out what made them tick so to speak. I like to do the same with software and really learn how to get the most out of it. I also really enjoy being able to use my musical abilities to help inspire those who are just starting their musical journey, as I have really enjoyed mine so far.

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Creating Realistic MIDI Strings is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 15 .
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Gives me new ideas writing for strings Very helpful with all the articulations and techniques concerning writing for strings.
Date published: 2018-10-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good and useful Short but rich - great little tutorial full of excellent tips
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from great course as i have many string libraries ,this course has given me more insight in haw to stack and program string samples
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Helpful, especially if using Kontact String Ensemble. I benefitted from the guidance to resist playing string ensemble patches, but rather to record separate instruments to separate tracks, even using additional tracks for different articulations. The Expressions part was particularly helpful. Also, the introduction to "Native Instruments' Action Strings." Wow. Explanations of Divisi and why to use 3rd party reverb (vs. built-in) were good. Many particular features related directly to specific software he was using (especially the remarkable "String Ensemble" by NI for Kontact). However, other string libraries don't necessarily have those features. (It doubled as a good ad for this and other software products).
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very nice AAA
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Concise Basic Techniques Overview Informative tutorial, especially for beginning to intermediate level musicians. The instructor speaks a little rushed and the arrangements were not engaging or interesting enough to clearly demonstrate the techniques.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Basic Info on String Writing Basic info on the different articulations and how to use them in a simple arrangement. I was hoping for more advanced info on writing midi parts to more closely simulate orchestral sounds.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Realistic Midi strings This video series gives interesting info on string parts via Midi libraries. However the audio levels need to be remixed with the subtleties of the string parts themselves mixed louder over non-string parts. The tutor appears to be a string player himself or a long seasoned string arranger and the info he imparts comes from someone who knows the idiom well.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Good tips and tricks This is a good tips and tricks video rather than a basic or fundamental overview of MIDi strings. Strange choice of Syudio One DAW but it wasn't as off putting as I expected. Worth a watch.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great overall Excellent instructor with well detailed lessons. Very practical information that you can apply immediately. Looking forward to more from this instructor.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 1.0 out of 5 by from Not good Hard to hear the strings when they are drowned out by piano in almost every video. Also I thought this would be an advanced lesson on how to do midi mock up with strings library, tricks and tips. Nothing in here that I could not easily find for free on you tube after doing 2 sec search.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Crammed with great tips I've watched loads of video tutorials and this is the best one I've seen. It's crammed with great tips and it's not too long. This guy is a great teacher and I'm going to check out his Rapture Pro tutorial next. I hope they get him to do more. You can learn a great deal about how to make good arrangements in an hour. Really accessible to anyone. Great musical examples.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very informative! A good overview that illustrates concepts that could probably be applied to most string libraries
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good tips Some good tips for using multiple articulation and other features like arpeggiators and reverb. Nice layer examples built up track by track
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial! I am really enjoying how "on point" this tutorial is! It's all the important things, great focus!
Date published: 2017-01-13
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