Chapter 1 : Basics
Welcome to the series! Your instructors give a short overview of what’s to come.
Learn the important basic requirements for computer hardware and software that are necessary to work with large orchestral libraries.
Learn about the MIDI hardware that’s used to control orchestral libraries.
Discover the differences between the volume of an instrument and its expression, and how it is implemented in a virtual orchestral library.
See why release samples are necessary to emulate the sound of a classic instrument perfectly.
Watch how to install and authorize a orchestral library for the most common software sampler, Native Instruments KONTAKT.
Learn how to setup single outputs for libraries when working with the KONTAKT sampler.
See a step-by-step guide for creating an up-to-date orchestral template and how it works.
Chapter 2 : A Virtual Orchestra in Your Computer
Get a complete walkthrough of all the instruments of an orchestra. Also learn about character, articulation and the sound of strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion.
For beginners and experienced users. How to place orchestral instruments in the stereo field in consideration of its regular position.
For beginners and experienced users. How to place an orchestral instrument in 3D-space by using a reverb effect.
What are the three types of common orchestral instrument libraries and how do they work.
Chapter 3 : Articulation Practices
Watch an overview about articulation in orchestral libraries and how they work.
Discover how to record Keyswitches when using articulations in your music.
Get an introduction to this wonderful orchestral library and how articulations are set up.
Learn how to record Keyswitches by using a common classical theme from Mozart, “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik“.
The same example as in the last chapter, now using another library from well known manufacturer VSL.
See how to work with articulations on VSL Library woodwind instruments such as piccolo flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and contrabassoon.
The same example as in the last chapter, now using specialized woodwinds instruments from Samplemodeling within the SWAM player.
Learn how to use articulations with the VSL Special Edition Library brass instruments, such as trumpet, trombone and horn.
The same example as in the last chapter, now using specialized woodwind instruments from Samplemodeling within KONTAKT player.
Learn more about the different percussion and orchestral drums and how to play them.
Here you’ll learn some practical uses for percussion by analyzing drum loops and transferring their rhythms to orchestral percussion instruments.
Chapter 4 : Understanding and Using Ostinati
Learn what an ostinato is and how it’s used in modern classical music.
Discover how to record a basic ostinati pattern by combining different strings.
Learn more about ostinati by using advanced rhythm and instrumentation techniques.
Discover another example of ostinato by building up a structured dynamic performance.
See how ostinati works when notes are accentuated.
Learn about a more sophisticated technique for ostinato called the “counter-rotation”, and how to use it.
Discover how Ostinati can also be enhanced with time-changes.
Finally, learn how and why an ostinato can be built-up by using different harmonies.
Chapter 5 : Using Lyrical Patterns to Create Moods
Discover how orchestral instruments are often used to create different moods.
Learn about the four basic chord types, major, minor, augmented and diminished, which cover the full range of emotion.
Discover more about typical chord progressions that are often used within film scores and classical music.
See how to create suspenseful feelings when composing music to provoke important emotional reactions.
Learn more about chord progressions and how they can enhance your music.
See even more examples on how to change chords for creating specific moods.
Discover how you can use only the notes of a scale to create impressive chords.
Learn how to combine different orchestral instruments to create different moods.
Chapter 6 : Compositions Examples
Learn how to create a complete, classic epic composition track by track.
Continue seeing how to create a complete, classic epic composition track by track.
Discover how to create an elegiac ending composition track by track.
See how to create a complete, modern action theme track by track.
Chapter 7 : Horn Section for Pop, Soul & Funk
See how to use wind instruments in pop, soul and funk music and create a horn section.
Start by analyzing the piece before writing the wind section parts.
See how to build up your horn section by using a virtual trumpet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, as well as a trombone.
Moving on, discover the effect a flugelhorn has when added to the section.
See another example of how to emulate a wind section by using virtual instruments only.
Chapter 8 : String Section for Rock & Pop
Discover how to use orchestral string instruments within rock and pop music compositions.
Watch and learn how legato strings are used to create a classic mood within a rock music track.
See how by using staccato and legato strings alternately, you can vitalize your pop and rock music compositions.
Discover how modern dance music can be elevated by using classic strings instruments.
Watch how orchestral strings are a must-have in a vocal ballad composition.
See how string runs are often used to connect song parts, and how to construct them in detail.
Chapter 9 : Additional Content
Discover how to turn your MIDI recordings into notation that musicians can read.
Learn the Do’s and Don’ts of mixing and mastering orchestral music.
See how a phrased instrument library works in detail, featuring the Sonokinetic Capriccio library.
Finally, the authors give some useful tips and recommendations for using orchestral libraries.
The authors say thank you and goodbye!
Presented by Achim Brochhausen and Holger Steinbrink from German based tutorial company audio-workshop, together they've created the definitive guide for “getting going” with orchestral libraries and creating orchestral compositions in your DAW. Groove3 is proud to be the exclusive distributor of the English version of this massive, in-depth video tutorial collection!
Featuring over 11 hours of detailed tutorial videos, you’ll learn all about the practical use and application of virtual orchestral instruments, as well as the use of keyswitches, advanced arrangements with ostinati, lyrical patterns and much, much more. There's also downloadable PDFs showing the notation examples from the videos.
The Orchestral Library Toolbox is perfect for anyone, at any level of experience, who wants to learn more about using orchestral libraries in their own productions, including diverse musical settings such as music production, film and TV composition, and even video games!
Achim Brochhausen is a professionally trained musician (piano and violin), music producer and composer. His area of expertise is the realization of orchestral music within the computer, and also works as a music teacher, live musician and author, as well as a producer for many well known artists.
Holger Steinbrink has many years experience as a certified instructor, and is also a media producer, sound designer and music technology writer. Holger has been producing music with computers since the 1980’s.
See the individual tutorial descriptions below for more info. If you’ve ever wanted to get into composing orchestral arrangements on your computer, or learn more about it, watch “Orchestral Library Toolbox” today!
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