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Orchestral Composing with NI Symphony Series

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  • Introduction 0:53

    Introduction

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

  • Downloading & Installation 1:21

    Downloading & Installation

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

  • String Ensemble Pt. 1 3:20

    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.

  • String Ensemble Pt. 2 3:50

    String Ensemble Pt. 2

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

  • String Ensemble Pt. 3 3:05

    String Ensemble Pt. 3

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

  • String Ensemble Pt. 4 4:06

    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.

  • String Ensemble Pt. 5 10:55

    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.

  • Brass Ensemble Pt. 1 2:06

    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.

  • Brass Ensemble Pt. 2 6:08

    Brass Ensemble Pt. 2

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

  • Brass Ensemble Pt. 3 10:44

    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.

  • Woodwind Ensemble Pt. 1 8:05

    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.

  • Woodwind Ensemble Pt. 2 6:29

    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.

  • Percussion Ensemble 7:55

    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.

  • Composing String Ensemble Pt. 1 12:50

    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.

  • Composing String Ensemble Pt. 2 6:18

    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.

  • Composing Brass Ensemble 10:43

    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.

  • Composing Woodwind Ensemble 6:57

    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.

  • Composing Percussion Ensemble 4:54

    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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