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Designing Cinematic Orchestral Templates

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  • Introduction 6:55


    Gary welcomes you and discusses why you need a template for Cinematic Orchestration Compositions and how it can help your workflow. Software and Hardware requirements are gone over, plus get a look at what will be covered in this series.

  • The Options 2:51

    The Options

    Look at using VEPro and how it can help your template designs on a single machine or if you want to run a multi-computer network setup.

  • Setting up VEPro & Loading Instruments 8:57

    Setting up VEPro & Loading Instruments

    Explore how to setup instruments in VEPro and how you connect to these VEPro instances in your DAW.

  • Cubase & Few Instances 7:31

    Cubase & Few Instances

    This video takes a look at the best way to run VEPro with Cubase. Cubase prefers few instances with many instruments loaded in each instrument. Also see how to create MIDI tracks in Cubase that route to the instrument within VEPro.

  • Logic with Many Instances 5:18

    Logic with Many Instances

    In this video we take a look at how the VEPro setup differs with Logic. In Logic it prefers to connect to many instrument with single instruments loaded within them.

  • Building Up the Strings in Cubase 13:35

    Building Up the Strings in Cubase

    Learn how to setup your String Section in Cubase, with the different articulations spread out across MIDI tracks.

  • Building Up the Strings in Logic 9:19

    Building Up the Strings in Logic

    See how to setup the same stringed instruments in VEPro with Logic, and how to switch between these different articulations with an articulation switching tool.

  • Building Up the Brass 5:32

    Building Up the Brass

    Here we cover how to setup the Trumpet, Trombones and French Horns for the Brass section.

  • Building Up the Woodwinds 3:27

    Building Up the Woodwinds

    This video takes a look at how to add Woodwind elements to your template, like Clarinet and Flute Runs and so on.

  • Building Up the Percussion 8:53

    Building Up the Percussion

    Discover how to build up your percussion section which can include your typical orchestral percussion, plus more hybrid percussion elements into your mix.

  • Adding Choirs to the Mix 3:50

    Adding Choirs to the Mix

    See how to load Choir tracks to your template, and how these types of sounds can add to the epic-ness feel of your track.

  • Adding Hybrid Elements 7:01

    Adding Hybrid Elements

    Now explore adding hybrid elements to your template, such as Synths, Pads, Soundscapes, Whooshes and Impact sounds, as well as an emotive Piano.

  • Balancing Your Volumes & Panning 13:25

    Balancing Your Volumes & Panning

    Discover some good techniques on how to balance all your instruments together so you can get a cohesive sound across the different tracks.

  • Adding Reverbs 5:47

    Adding Reverbs

    Learn how you can use two different Hall Reverbs to help gel the different instruments together.

  • Template Optimization Techniques 8:17

    Template Optimization Techniques

    See the different ways that you can get better performance from your templates, such as purging samples, disabling tracks, and decoupled instances in VEPro.

  • Conclusion 1:47


    Gary sums up all you have learned about Designing Cinematic Orchestral templates in this series.

Product Overview

In this Groove3 video series, DAW guru Gary Hiebner reveals the steps to take to build a powerful Orchestral Template that you can use time and time again, as a great starting point when creating cinematic orchestral type productions.

Gary begins by welcoming you, and then discusses why you need a template for cinematic orchestral composing and how it can benefit your workflow. Software and hardware requirements are then gone over, plus a look at what will be covered in the series.

Starting at the beginning, Gary shows some VEPro specific options and setup tips, followed by some Cubase and Logic setup help, plus the different ways they each prefer to work with VEPro.

You’ll then see how to set up and build your Strings, Brass, Woodwind and Percussion sections so they’re ready for action at a moment’s notice, followed by ways to add Choir tracks to the mix, as well as Hybrid elements such Synths, Pads, Soundscapes, Whooshes, Impact sounds, and an emotive Piano.

Gary wraps up the video series with tutorials on balancing your volumes and panning in the template, adding Reverbs, template optimization techniques and more.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for detailed info. If you’re into producing and writing orchestral or cinematic compositions, see how a template can boost your creativeness and productivity… Watch “Designing Cinematic Orchestral Templates” today.

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