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Creating Realistic MIDI Strings

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    Overview

    Learn about the basics of string libraries vs a real orchestra and what to expect in this video series.

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    Articulations & Arrangement Pt. 1

    Explore many of the different articulations of string instruments.

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    Articulations & Arrangement Pt. 2

    Let’s now take those articulations we discussed in Pt. 1 and use them in an actual piece.

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    Advanced Bowings

    Discover a few additional articulations and how to use them to give your song extra character.

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    Expression & Volume Swells

    See how to use expression and volume automation to make your songs sound more authentic and dynamic.

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    Stacking Articulations

    Learn how to stack several articulations to create a string “super patch” that can sound fuller than a single articulation.

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    Animators & Arpeggiators

    Explore how to use an animator as a starting point and an arpeggiator as a finishing touch.

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    Divisi

    Learn how divisi can automatically help balance the volumes between sections when multiple notes are played.

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    Panning & Effects

    Watch how using panning and effects can make your orchestral pieces have a really nice sense of actual space.

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    Solo Strings

    Learn how solo string parts can make a piece sound more intimate and relaxed.

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    Legato

    Discover how legato phrasing with its natural transitions between notes can make your string parts sound more authentic.

Product Overview


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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Komattre
Submitted 1 month ago

Tons of useful information

Very well-structured tutorial, with many useful details, presented in a gentle style.


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KathyB
Submitted 3 months ago

I've just watched the first 2 classes on articulation.

This is exactly what I wanted to be learning....I'm hoping that the class gets a lot deeper. Judging from the other Groove3 classes I've been working on i suspect that it will!


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Emanuelo
Submitted 4 months ago

Interessante Erklärungen nur schade das es nur in englisch ist.

Wenn es in deutsch wäre würde es mir noch wesentlich mehr nützen und helfen helfen.


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Keith123
Submitted 4 months ago

Creating Realistic Midi Strings

Really helpful and a very musical approach! This one works!!

I am a: Professional, Musician


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Bert
Submitted 4 months ago

At the end, I thought it was a piano course !

The structure of the course is not really bad but we want to hear the Strings not the Piano !

Response from Customer Service:

As you finish the course you will see that piano is only one of the instruments shown.
Videos on bowing instruments, solo strings (like violins), and blending with the brass section are covered to give your string section the most realistic feel possible.
Be sure to check out all the videos for the most professional use of your string library!

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robert@joliciel
Submitted 4 months ago

Helping me getting better

Great easy to follow, it helps to gain a better understanding on how to use the midi strings


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litzbomb
Submitted 5 months ago

It's all in the details

I've been using a virtual orchestra since the early days of DAW's. With the birth of my latest project, Seventh Legend, I wanted to learn how to make the orchestra sound more genuine. Within the first pass through of these videos I have learned a tremendous amount of editing strings to get more of a lifelike/human feel and sound. I'm looking forward to learning even more from the rest of the orchestral lessons!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Cakewalk Sonar


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DrummerDad64
Submitted 5 months ago

Excellent tool

I am enjoying the lessons and applying them to real time editing and arranging in my DAW


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ANNMS
Submitted 5 months ago

Very helpful and to the point!

Very clear explanation, videos are short but full of knowledge!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Game Designer, Mastering Facility, FL Studio


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jeng
Submitted 8 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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Komattre
Submitted 1 month ago

Tons of useful information

Very well-structured tutorial, with many useful details, presented in a gentle style.

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KathyB
Submitted 3 months ago

I've just watched the first 2 classes on articulation.

This is exactly what I wanted to be learning....I'm hoping that the class gets a lot deeper. Judging from the other Groove3 classes I've been working on i suspect that it will!

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Emanuelo
Submitted 4 months ago

Interessante Erklärungen nur schade das es nur in englisch ist.

Wenn es in deutsch wäre würde es mir noch wesentlich mehr nützen und helfen helfen.

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Keith123
Submitted 4 months ago

Creating Realistic Midi Strings

Really helpful and a very musical approach! This one works!!

I am a: Professional, Musician

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Bert
Submitted 4 months ago

At the end, I thought it was a piano course !

The structure of the course is not really bad but we want to hear the Strings not the Piano !

Response from Customer Service:

As you finish the course you will see that piano is only one of the instruments shown.
Videos on bowing instruments, solo strings (like violins), and blending with the brass section are covered to give your string section the most realistic feel possible.
Be sure to check out all the videos for the most professional use of your string library!
Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

robert@joliciel
Submitted 4 months ago

Helping me getting better

Great easy to follow, it helps to gain a better understanding on how to use the midi strings

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

litzbomb
Submitted 5 months ago

It's all in the details

I've been using a virtual orchestra since the early days of DAW's. With the birth of my latest project, Seventh Legend, I wanted to learn how to make the orchestra sound more genuine. Within the first pass through of these videos I have learned a tremendous amount of editing strings to get more of a lifelike/human feel and sound. I'm looking forward to learning even more from the rest of the orchestral lessons!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Cakewalk Sonar

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
Quality of Videos
 
 
 
 
 
Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

DrummerDad64
Submitted 5 months ago

Excellent tool

I am enjoying the lessons and applying them to real time editing and arranging in my DAW

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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ANNMS
Submitted 5 months ago

Very helpful and to the point!

Very clear explanation, videos are short but full of knowledge!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Game Designer, Mastering Facility, FL Studio

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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jeng
Submitted 8 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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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 4.4 out of 5 by 24 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Tons of useful information Very well-structured tutorial, with many useful details, presented in a gentle style.
Date published: 2019-05-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I've just watched the first 2 classes on articulation. This is exactly what I wanted to be learning....I'm hoping that the class gets a lot deeper. Judging from the other Groove3 classes I've been working on i suspect that it will!
Date published: 2019-04-03
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Interessante Erklärungen nur schade das es nur in englisch ist. Wenn es in deutsch wäre würde es mir noch wesentlich mehr nützen und helfen helfen.
Date published: 2019-03-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Creating Realistic Midi Strings Really helpful and a very musical approach! This one works!!
Date published: 2019-02-24
Rated 1.0 out of 5 by from At the end, I thought it was a piano course ! The structure of the course is not really bad but we want to hear the Strings not the Piano !
Date published: 2019-02-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Helping me getting better Great easy to follow, it helps to gain a better understanding on how to use the midi strings
Date published: 2019-02-17
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from It's all in the details I've been using a virtual orchestra since the early days of DAW's. With the birth of my latest project, Seventh Legend, I wanted to learn how to make the orchestra sound more genuine. Within the first pass through of these videos I have learned a tremendous amount of editing strings to get more of a lifelike/human feel and sound. I'm looking forward to learning even more from the rest of the orchestral lessons!
Date published: 2019-01-28
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Excellent tool I am enjoying the lessons and applying them to real time editing and arranging in my DAW
Date published: 2019-01-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful and to the point! Very clear explanation, videos are short but full of knowledge!
Date published: 2019-01-16
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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