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Creating Realistic MIDI Strings

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11 Videos | Length: 1hr 1min 56sec
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  • Overview 1:19


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

  • Articulations & Arrangement Pt. 1 5:39

    Articulations & Arrangement Pt. 1

    Explore many of the different articulations of string instruments.

  • Articulations & Arrangement Pt. 2 9:28

    Articulations & Arrangement Pt. 2

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

  • Advanced Bowings 4:03

    Advanced Bowings

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

  • Expression & Volume Swells 7:14

    Expression & Volume Swells

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

  • Stacking Articulations 4:17

    Stacking Articulations

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

  • Animators & Arpeggiators 9:17

    Animators & Arpeggiators

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

  • Divisi 3:44


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

  • Panning & Effects 6:58

    Panning & Effects

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

  • Solo Strings 4:52

    Solo Strings

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

  • Legato 5:05


    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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