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Orchestral Composing with NI Symphony Series

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    Introduction

    Get an overview of the course and Symphony series instruments that we will be covering.

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    Downloading & Installation

    See how to use the Native Access application to correctly install your instruments onto internal or external storage.

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    String Ensemble Pt. 1

    Take a look at the Setup section that divides the string ensemble into different sections / number of players and controlling them further with the Dynamics parameter.

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    String Ensemble Pt. 2

    Learn how to use the expression, attack, release and brightness settings to further sculpt the sample playback.

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    String Ensemble Pt. 3

    See how change the articulations to affect the players performance from different modes such as legato to staccato.

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    String Ensemble Pt. 4

    Discover how to make articulation changes via the key switches and go deeper into what the different modes have to offer in comparison to others, enabling a more detailed level of control.

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    String Ensemble Pt. 5

    Take a look at how to change the different microphone recordings via the mixer section in order to rebalance or create more intimate ambience. Also, see how to use the different FX provided in the mixer section to shape or sound design the recording to your desired sonic state.

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    Brass Ensemble Pt. 1

    Now explore the setup section of the brass ensemble that divides up the different instruments into their respective octave ranges as well as controlling the amount of players per notes with the Dynamics parameter.

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    Brass Ensemble Pt. 2

    Discover how to change the articulations to affect the players performance from different modes such as legato to staccato.

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    Brass Ensemble Pt. 3

    Take a look at how to adjust the different microphone recordings via the mixer section in order to rebalance or create a more intimate ambience, using the different FX provided in the mixer section to shape or sound design the recording the the users desired sonic state.

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    Woodwind Ensemble Pt. 1

    Now analyze the Setup section of the woodwind ensemble that divides up the different instruments into their respective octave ranges, as well as controlling the articulations to give more detailed level of performances that may be part of a woodwind section?s score.

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    Woodwind Ensemble Pt. 2

    See how to use the Expression, Attack, Release and Brightness settings to further sculpt the sample?s playback, and how to adjust the balance of the volume per section of the ensemble to amplify the certain instruments.

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    Percussion Ensemble

    Now follow along with Fabio and go through the entire instrument from back to front, covering every section as previously done in Symphony Series ensembles. Get a solid understanding the individual controls per piece of percussion and using the Mixer / FX section to further sculpt the sounds.

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    Composing String Ensemble Pt. 1

    Fabio now breaks down the String ensemble in order to start the first section of the sequences. See how to use the individual instruments within the String Ensemble, such as violin, violas, cellos and basses to breakdown the different parts of the orchestra on their individual channels. Also explore recording in modulation/dynamic automation for added movement through the recording.

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    Composing String Ensemble Pt. 2

    Discover how to use articulations to help change the rhythm in the second part of the sequence for added drama and tension.

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    Composing Brass Ensemble

    Fabio now introduces the brass for further composition, changing articulation and instrumentation throughout the different sections to emulate a real orchestra following a film score.

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    Composing Woodwind Ensemble

    See how to fill in sections that are feeling bare with the woodwind, and how to use different instruments to create the grand finale.

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    Composing Percussion Ensemble

    Explore how to create rhythms with bass drums, gongs and snares for a military style performance that drives the intensity of the composition to its ultimate climax.

Product Overview


Fabio Lendrum presents orchestral composition videos using the Native Instruments Symphony Series! Learn to create orchestral compositions using the Native Instruments Symphony Series virtual instrument. These Symphony Series tutorials are great for those just starting out composing with the Symphony Series, as well as intermediate orchestral composition creators.

First, Fabio welcomes you and then gives an overview of the course and the Symphony Series instruments you'll be using throughout the videos. After covering downloading and installing SS, Fabio explains the String Ensemble section of the plug-in, covering setup, the different sections / number of players, and controlling them with the Dynamics parameter and more.

Next Fabio shows you around the Brass and Woodwind ensembles, and how to use them convincingly to play the different parts of the arrangement, followed by videos on writing the percussion parts and their individual controls per piece of percussion, as well as using the mixer / FX section to further sculpt your sounds.

You'll then dive into the composition side of the series, learning the finer points to composing with the String, Brass, Woodwind and Percussion ensembles, including crafting the grand finale section of the arrangement.

To see what these Symphony Series tutorials show you and how they'll help you to learn and compose with the Symphony Series, see the individual orchestral composing tutorial descriptions on this page. If you're ready to write your first orchestral arrangement, or learn more about how the Symphony Series works, this collection of Symphony Series videos are perfect for you. Start orchestral composing today... watch “Orchestral Composing with NI Symphony Series" now.


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Keith123
Submitted 1 month ago

A big help

Coming from a traditional writing background I now see the advantage that technology can offer; just the speed of getting ideas down is an enormous help. Will definitely use these techniques. great help.

I am a: Professional, Musician


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StevenJ
Submitted 4 months ago

A few good tips

I'm picking up a few good tips here and there. I do wish however that the examples of some of the settings and articulations were better musically and more "real world." Just tapping a key a few times while rotating through expression, attack, etc. doesn't demonstrate as well as some complete phrases that utilize these settings.


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Coming home to myself
Submitted 4 months ago

Mr Lendrum was out of his field drum.

Unfortunately Mr Lendrum was out of his league in this offering with a distinctly amateur's understanding of orchestration coupled with what is considered to be considered the cinderella of orchestral libraries. Nevertheless it was his technical understanding of controller manipulation and FX which kept my attention to the end. His self aggrandisement remarks coupled with his over use of adjectives simply made me cringe when listening to his final orchestral "composite". It's ok that Mr Lendrum is neither an orchestrator nor a composer, but Groove3 (and NI) would better employ his technical expertise in areas that he himself is comfortable with. Mr Lendrum would make an excellent politician or at least a script writer for such, but orchestral libraries are not his forte. I gave it 2.5 stars simply for indirectly helping me understand the parameters of my R4 reverb plugin!


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Tony8051
Submitted 5 months ago

Excelent.

I learned a great deal about how to set up NI Symphony Series. I was also impressed with the ease of using Logic Pro to compose in.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools, Reaper, Studio One


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HB
Submitted 5 months ago

Very interesting course.

NI Symphony Series rocks! (Or at least orchestrates) - and this tutorial series puts you in the driving seat. Even if you perhaps don't have any desires to compose large orchestral pieces, (like me), this series of videos still contains much of interest. And, perhaps, if you do, even more so! I am in the former category, no Beethoven or Mozart here, but I do I like the sound of certain Orchestral sounds with an acoustic guitar and a vocal, very much indeed. Very interesting course. Thoroughly enjoyable and well presented.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Logic Pro


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TopKnife
Submitted 1 year ago

Fantastic!!!

It is not my style of music, but it was a fantastic way to learn how to use Native Instruments Plugins...Specially this ones!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro


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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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Ailonoda
Submitted 2 years ago

Outstanding series!

This series really helped bring this library to life for me and showed me a handful of things that I didn't know about this series that I was immediately able to put to use.


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Value of Training
 
 
 
 
 
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gerver
Submitted 2 years ago

Very, very helpful

The course starts with an excellent and thorough introduction using the String ensemble. He then goes through the other ensembles explaining the differences. There is some repetition regarding the dynamics, articulations and mixer sections though this is a very minor criticism. The remaining videos give an excellent demonstration of composing a piece starting with instruments from the string ensemble and subsequently adding instruments from the remaining ensembles. I found these videos to be particularly useful and I highly recommend buying this course. I hope that something more advanced will soon be available.

I am a: Hobbyist, FL Studio


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K12
Submitted 2 years ago

The PERFECT Starting Point for the NI Symphony Series

Really gets under the hood of what each section of the Symphony Series can do. Great tutorial!

I am a: Professional, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Cubase


Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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greyMC
Submitted 2 years ago

Almost as good as "Try before you buy".

I've often wondered about these Native Instrument "Instruments" but, after watching the Orchestral Composing with NI Symphony Series by Fabio Lendrum I feel confident that they are what I am looking for. Thanks Fabio.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Logic Pro


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Keith123
Submitted 1 month ago

A big help

Coming from a traditional writing background I now see the advantage that technology can offer; just the speed of getting ideas down is an enormous help. Will definitely use these techniques. great help.

I am a: Professional, Musician

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

StevenJ
Submitted 4 months ago

A few good tips

I'm picking up a few good tips here and there. I do wish however that the examples of some of the settings and articulations were better musically and more "real world." Just tapping a key a few times while rotating through expression, attack, etc. doesn't demonstrate as well as some complete phrases that utilize these settings.

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

Coming home to myself
Submitted 4 months ago

Mr Lendrum was out of his field drum.

Unfortunately Mr Lendrum was out of his league in this offering with a distinctly amateur's understanding of orchestration coupled with what is considered to be considered the cinderella of orchestral libraries. Nevertheless it was his technical understanding of controller manipulation and FX which kept my attention to the end. His self aggrandisement remarks coupled with his over use of adjectives simply made me cringe when listening to his final orchestral "composite". It's ok that Mr Lendrum is neither an orchestrator nor a composer, but Groove3 (and NI) would better employ his technical expertise in areas that he himself is comfortable with. Mr Lendrum would make an excellent politician or at least a script writer for such, but orchestral libraries are not his forte. I gave it 2.5 stars simply for indirectly helping me understand the parameters of my R4 reverb plugin!

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

Tony8051
Submitted 5 months ago

Excelent.

I learned a great deal about how to set up NI Symphony Series. I was also impressed with the ease of using Logic Pro to compose in.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Audio Engineer, Pro Tools, Reaper, Studio One

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

HB
Submitted 5 months ago

Very interesting course.

NI Symphony Series rocks! (Or at least orchestrates) - and this tutorial series puts you in the driving seat. Even if you perhaps don't have any desires to compose large orchestral pieces, (like me), this series of videos still contains much of interest. And, perhaps, if you do, even more so! I am in the former category, no Beethoven or Mozart here, but I do I like the sound of certain Orchestral sounds with an acoustic guitar and a vocal, very much indeed. Very interesting course. Thoroughly enjoyable and well presented.

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Logic Pro

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

TopKnife
Submitted 1 year ago

Fantastic!!!

It is not my style of music, but it was a fantastic way to learn how to use Native Instruments Plugins...Specially this ones!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro

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

Ailonoda
Submitted 2 years ago

Outstanding series!

This series really helped bring this library to life for me and showed me a handful of things that I didn't know about this series that I was immediately able to put to use.

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

gerver
Submitted 2 years ago

Very, very helpful

The course starts with an excellent and thorough introduction using the String ensemble. He then goes through the other ensembles explaining the differences. There is some repetition regarding the dynamics, articulations and mixer sections though this is a very minor criticism. The remaining videos give an excellent demonstration of composing a piece starting with instruments from the string ensemble and subsequently adding instruments from the remaining ensembles. I found these videos to be particularly useful and I highly recommend buying this course. I hope that something more advanced will soon be available.

I am a: Hobbyist, FL Studio

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

K12
Submitted 2 years ago

The PERFECT Starting Point for the NI Symphony Series

Really gets under the hood of what each section of the Symphony Series can do. Great tutorial!

I am a: Professional, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Cubase

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

greyMC
Submitted 2 years ago

Almost as good as "Try before you buy".

I've often wondered about these Native Instrument "Instruments" but, after watching the Orchestral Composing with NI Symphony Series by Fabio Lendrum I feel confident that they are what I am looking for. Thanks Fabio.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Logic Pro

Ease of Use
 
 
 
 
 
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Fabio Lendrum is a singer, songwriter, producer and mixing engineer who has worked along side some of the biggest names in music including Dallas Austin (Michael Jackson, Kelis), Rick Nowles (Nelly Furtado, Lykke Li, Stevie Knicks), and Kool Kojak (Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Flo Rida). Since 15 years of age, Fabio crafted his talent and was signed to Metrophonics and Warner Records where he was able to explore songwriting and production on a highly professional level. After a year of working in LA he decided to move away from songwriting and focused more on production and engineering. His success continued to prevail as he signed records to Big Beat, ViVa (Steve Lawler) and D-Vine (Sam Divine) as well as getting recognition on BBC Radio 1 (Pete Tong) and Kiss FM. Fabio is also very familiar with the London DJ circuit having played in all the major clubs (Fabric, Building Six, XOYO, KOKO, SeOne). His career has also progressed onto working part time at Subbass Academy and gaining the role of head tutor within 1 year of working there. Since being there he has written all the Logic level Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced courses as well as the Roland Aira Academy course which is issued all over Europe. Fabio's personal focus is now on making underground house music and techno but he still mixes and masters a wide variety of music including Hip-Hop, Pop and World music. More recently he has worked with Dyme (Warner), A-Minor (Ministry of Sound) and Tay Salem (Red Bull Music). Based in Kennington, he has started his own studio which is perfect for recording vocals, producing, mixing and mastering and is able to deliver a finished product every time.

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    Orchestral Composing with NI Symphony Series

    Fabio Lendrum presents orchestral composition videos using the Native Instruments Symphony Series! Learn to create orchestral compositions using the Native Instruments Symphony Series virtual instrument. These Symphony Series tutorials are great for those just starting out composing with the Symphony Series, as well as intermediate orchestral composition creators.

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Orchestral Composing with NI Symphony Series is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 10 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A big help Coming from a traditional writing background I now see the advantage that technology can offer; just the speed of getting ideas down is an enormous help. Will definitely use these techniques. great help.
Date published: 2021-03-31
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from A few good tips I'm picking up a few good tips here and there. I do wish however that the examples of some of the settings and articulations were better musically and more "real world." Just tapping a key a few times while rotating through expression, attack, etc. doesn't demonstrate as well as some complete phrases that utilize these settings.
Date published: 2021-01-05
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from Mr Lendrum was out of his field drum. Unfortunately Mr Lendrum was out of his league in this offering with a distinctly amateur's understanding of orchestration coupled with what is considered to be considered the cinderella of orchestral libraries. Nevertheless it was his technical understanding of controller manipulation and FX which kept my attention to the end. His self aggrandisement remarks coupled with his over use of adjectives simply made me cringe when listening to his final orchestral "composite". It's ok that Mr Lendrum is neither an orchestrator nor a composer, but Groove3 (and NI) would better employ his technical expertise in areas that he himself is comfortable with. Mr Lendrum would make an excellent politician or at least a script writer for such, but orchestral libraries are not his forte. I gave it 2.5 stars simply for indirectly helping me understand the parameters of my R4 reverb plugin!
Date published: 2020-12-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excelent. I learned a great deal about how to set up NI Symphony Series. I was also impressed with the ease of using Logic Pro to compose in.
Date published: 2020-12-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very interesting course. NI Symphony Series rocks! (Or at least orchestrates) - and this tutorial series puts you in the driving seat. Even if you perhaps don't have any desires to compose large orchestral pieces, (like me), this series of videos still contains much of interest. And, perhaps, if you do, even more so! I am in the former category, no Beethoven or Mozart here, but I do I like the sound of certain Orchestral sounds with an acoustic guitar and a vocal, very much indeed. Very interesting course. Thoroughly enjoyable and well presented.
Date published: 2020-12-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastic!!! It is not my style of music, but it was a fantastic way to learn how to use Native Instruments Plugins...Specially this ones!
Date published: 2020-03-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Outstanding series! This series really helped bring this library to life for me and showed me a handful of things that I didn't know about this series that I was immediately able to put to use.
Date published: 2019-10-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very, very helpful The course starts with an excellent and thorough introduction using the String ensemble. He then goes through the other ensembles explaining the differences. There is some repetition regarding the dynamics, articulations and mixer sections though this is a very minor criticism. The remaining videos give an excellent demonstration of composing a piece starting with instruments from the string ensemble and subsequently adding instruments from the remaining ensembles. I found these videos to be particularly useful and I highly recommend buying this course. I hope that something more advanced will soon be available.
Date published: 2019-09-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from The PERFECT Starting Point for the NI Symphony Series Really gets under the hood of what each section of the Symphony Series can do. Great tutorial!
Date published: 2019-09-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Almost as good as "Try before you buy". I've often wondered about these Native Instrument "Instruments" but, after watching the Orchestral Composing with NI Symphony Series by Fabio Lendrum I feel confident that they are what I am looking for. Thanks Fabio.
Date published: 2019-08-11
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