Welcome to the series! Your instructors give a short overview of what’s to come.
1.1.1 Technical Knowledge12:44
Learn the important basic requirements for computer hardware and software that are necessary to work with large orchestral libraries.
1.1.2 MIDI Hardware6:13
Learn about the MIDI hardware that’s used to control orchestral libraries.
1.1.3 Volume vs Expression5:51
Discover the differences between the volume of an instrument and its expression, and how it is implemented in a virtual orchestral library.
1.1.4 What are Release Samples?3:29
See why release samples are necessary to emulate the sound of a classic instrument perfectly.
1.1.5 KONTAKT Library Install & Authorize10:52
Watch how to install and authorize a orchestral library for the most common software sampler, Native Instruments KONTAKT.
1.1.6 Using Single Outputs with KONTAKT7:25
Learn how to setup single outputs for libraries when working with the KONTAKT sampler.
1.1.7 Creating a Hybrid Orchestra Template11:59
See a step-by-step guide for creating an up-to-date orchestral template and how it works.
A Virtual Orchestra in Your Computer
1.2.1 Instruments & Articulations26:48
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.
1.2.2 Panning Settings of Orchestral Instruments7:54
For beginners and experienced users. How to place orchestral instruments in the stereo field in consideration of its regular position.
1.2.3 Room Effect Settings for Orchestral Instruments11:40
For beginners and experienced users. How to place an orchestral instrument in 3D-space by using a reverb effect.
1.2.4 Single Instruments vs. Multi Instruments vs. Phrased Instruments8:43
What are the three types of common orchestral instrument libraries and how do they work.
Watch an overview about articulation in orchestral libraries and how they work.
2.1.2 Recording Keyswitches3:24
Discover how to record Keyswitches when using articulations in your music.
2.1.3 CineSymphony LITE Strings Intro17:11
Get an introduction to this wonderful orchestral library and how articulations are set up.
2.1.4 Recording with CineSymphony LITE27:57
Learn how to record Keyswitches by using a common classical theme from Mozart, “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik“.
2.1.5 Recording Strings with VSL16:56
The same example as in the last chapter, now using another library from well known manufacturer VSL.
2.1.6 Recording Woodwinds with VSL16:13
See how to work with articulations on VSL Library woodwind instruments such as piccolo flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and contrabassoon.
2.1.7 Samplemodeling Woodwind Instruments13:56
The same example as in the last chapter, now using specialized woodwinds instruments from Samplemodeling within the SWAM player.
2.1.8 Recording Brass with VSL20:20
Learn how to use articulations with the VSL Special Edition Library brass instruments, such as trumpet, trombone and horn.
2.1.9 Samplemodeling Brass Instruments14:15
The same example as in the last chapter, now using specialized woodwind instruments from Samplemodeling within KONTAKT player.
2.1.10 Percussion Instruments22:54
Learn more about the different percussion and orchestral drums and how to play them.
2.1.11 Practical Use of Percussion19:06
Here you’ll learn some practical uses for percussion by analyzing drum loops and transferring their rhythms to orchestral percussion instruments.
Understanding and Using Ostinati
2.2.1 Intro to Ostinati4:54
Learn what an ostinato is and how it’s used in modern classical music.
2.2.2 Basic Pattern6:06
Discover how to record a basic ostinati pattern by combining different strings.
2.2.3 Rhythm & Instrumentation7:11
Learn more about ostinati by using advanced rhythm and instrumentation techniques.
2.2.4 Structured Dynamics6:05
Discover another example of ostinato by building up a structured dynamic performance.
2.2.5 Strong Accentuations6:25
See how ostinati works when notes are accentuated.
2.2.6 Counter-Rotating Ostinati7:12
Learn about a more sophisticated technique for ostinato called the “counter-rotation”, and how to use it.
2.2.7 Time Changes with Ostinati9:37
Discover how Ostinati can also be enhanced with time-changes.
2.2.8 Ostinati with Harmonies5:26
Finally, learn how and why an ostinato can be built-up by using different harmonies.
Using Lyrical Patterns to Create Moods
2.3.1 Lyrical Introduction5:13
Discover how orchestral instruments are often used to create different moods.
2.3.2 The Four Basic Chord Types5:35
Learn about the four basic chord types, major, minor, augmented and diminished, which cover the full range of emotion.
2.3.3 Typical chord progressions10:49
Discover more about typical chord progressions that are often used within film scores and classical music.
2.3.4 Suspenseful Chord Progressions16:00
See how to create suspenseful feelings when composing music to provoke important emotional reactions.
2.3.5 Harmonic & Dynamic Progressions12:39
Learn more about chord progressions and how they can enhance your music.
2.3.6 Mood Changes6:59
See even more examples on how to change chords for creating specific moods.
2.3.7 Moods with Reduced Scales5:44
Discover how you can use only the notes of a scale to create impressive chords.
2.3.8 Moods with Instrument Combinations7:51
Learn how to combine different orchestral instruments to create different moods.
2.4.1 The Classic Epic Theme Pt. 126:44
Learn how to create a complete, classic epic composition track by track.
2.4.2 The Classic Epic Theme Pt. 216:47
Continue seeing how to create a complete, classic epic composition track by track.
2.4.3 The Elegiac Ending15:20
Discover how to create an elegiac ending composition track by track.
2.4.4 The Modern Action Theme12:13
See how to create a complete, modern action theme track by track.
Horn Section for Pop, Soul & Funk
2.5.1 Horn Section Introduction10:17
See how to use wind instruments in pop, soul and funk music and create a horn section.
2.5.2 Harmonic Analysis13:49
Start by analyzing the piece before writing the wind section parts.
2.5.3 The Horn Section5:43
See how to build up your horn section by using a virtual trumpet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, as well as a trombone.
2.5.4 The Flugelhorn9:31
Moving on, discover the effect a flugelhorn has when added to the section.
2.5.5 One More Time!7:36
See another example of how to emulate a wind section by using virtual instruments only.
String Section for Rock & Pop
2.6.1 String Section Introduction23:16
Discover how to use orchestral string instruments within rock and pop music compositions.
2.6.2 Legato Background9:22
Watch and learn how legato strings are used to create a classic mood within a rock music track.
2.6.3 Staccato & Legato14:35
See how by using staccato and legato strings alternately, you can vitalize your pop and rock music compositions.
2.6.4 Disco & House9:02
Discover how modern dance music can be elevated by using classic strings instruments.
2.6.5 Strings & Vocals14:32
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.
3.1 From MIDI Notes to Notation7:55
Discover how to turn your MIDI recordings into notation that musicians can read.
3.2 Mixing & Mastering Orchestral Music15:55
Learn the Do’s and Don’ts of mixing and mastering orchestral music.
3.3 Phrased Instruments6:15
See how a phrased instrument library works in detail, featuring the Sonokinetic Capriccio library.
3.4 Library Recommendations10:30
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!
Submitted 2 weeks ago
Comprehensive and enjoyable.
I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV
Submitted 1 month ago
Love the depth and full exploration of the topic of orchestral libraries. So much is covered here, and its all done in a very logic, and well presented manner. For sure worth your time! Probably the best series I've seen on Groove3!
Submitted 1 month ago
Great course covering all basics of orchestral music production. Very knowledgeable instructor and a great presentation. It was interesting to find out that he was part of "Modern Talking", pretty famous disco group that I enjoyed in the 80s. Thank you for sharing your knowledge! I would love to see a follow up course.
I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro
Submitted 6 months ago
This covers so much and does it in the most software agnostic way you probably can. I especially like that it is narrated by David Mitchell.
I am a: Professional, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase, Logic Pro, Pro Tools
Submitted 7 months ago
One of the best! Hope more from this author/company.
Germany made. Logically organized contents!
I am a: Professional, Producer, Cubase
Submitted 7 months ago
Wow, so much to learn, and I am only on the basics section. Great set of videos.
Submitted 7 months ago
I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live, Cakewalk Sonar, Reason
Submitted 9 months ago
Very well done!
I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase
Submitted 10 months ago
comprehensive and easy to follow
Excellent tutorial everything is well covered. Very helpful.
Submitted 1 year ago
Lots of tips and useful information. High recommended!
I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician
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