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Orchestral Library Toolbox

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Chapter 1: Basics

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    Introduction (4:59)


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    1.1.1 Technical Knowledge (12:44)


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    1.1.2 MIDI Hardware (6:13)


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    1.1.3 Volume vs Expression (5:51)


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    1.1.4 What are Release Samples? (3:29)


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    1.1.5 KONTAKT Library Install & Authorize (10:52)


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    1.1.6 Using Single Outputs with KONTAKT (7:25)


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    1.1.7 Creating a Hybrid Orchestra Template (11:59)


Chapter 2: A Virtual Orchestra in Your Computer

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    1.2.1 Instruments & Articulations (26:48)


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    1.2.2 Panning Settings of Orchestral Instruments (7:54)


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    1.2.3 Room Effect Settings for Orchestral Instruments (11:40)


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    1.2.4 Single Instruments vs. Multi Instruments vs. Phrased Instruments (8:43)


Chapter 3: Articulation Practices

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    2.1.1 Introduction (5:55)


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    2.1.2 Recording Keyswitches (3:24)


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    2.1.3 CineSymphony LITE Strings Intro (17:11)


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    2.1.4 Recording with CineSymphony LITE (27:57)


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    2.1.5 Recording Strings with VSL (16:56)


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    2.1.6 Recording Woodwinds with VSL (16:13)


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    2.1.7 Samplemodeling Woodwind Instruments (13:56)


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    2.1.8 Recording Brass with VSL (20:20)


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    2.1.9 Samplemodeling Brass Instruments (14:15)


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    2.1.10 Percussion Instruments (22:54)


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    2.1.11 Practical Use of Percussion (19:06)


Chapter 4: Understanding and Using Ostinati

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    2.2.1 Intro to Ostinati (4:54)


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    2.2.2 Basic Pattern (6:06)


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    2.2.3 Rhythm & Instrumentation (7:11)


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    2.2.4 Structured Dynamics (6:05)


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    2.2.5 Strong Accentuations (6:25)


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    2.2.6 Counter-Rotating Ostinati (7:12)


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    2.2.7 Time Changes with Ostinati (9:37)


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    2.2.8 Ostinati with Harmonies (5:26)


Chapter 5: Using Lyrical Patterns to Create Moods

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    2.3.1 Lyrical Introduction (5:13)


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    2.3.2 The Four Basic Chord Types (5:35)


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    2.3.3 Typical chord progressions (10:49)


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    2.3.4 Suspenseful Chord Progressions (16:00)


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    2.3.5 Harmonic & Dynamic Progressions (12:39)


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    2.3.6 Mood Changes (6:59)


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    2.3.7 Moods with Reduced Scales (5:44)


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    2.3.8 Moods with Instrument Combinations (7:51)


Chapter 6: Compositions Examples

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    2.4.1 The Classic Epic Theme Pt. 1 (26:44)


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    2.4.2 The Classic Epic Theme Pt. 2 (16:47)


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    2.4.3 The Elegiac Ending (15:20)


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    2.4.4 The Modern Action Theme (12:13)


Chapter 7: Horn Section for Pop, Soul & Funk

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    2.5.1 Horn Section Introduction (10:17)


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    2.5.2 Harmonic Analysis (13:49)


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    2.5.3 The Horn Section (5:43)


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    2.5.4 The Flugelhorn (9:31)


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    2.5.5 One More Time! (7:36)


Chapter 8: String Section for Rock & Pop

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    2.6.1 String Section Introduction (23:16)


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    2.6.2 Legato Background (9:22)


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    2.6.3 Staccato & Legato (14:35)


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    2.6.4 Disco & House (9:02)


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    2.6.5 Strings & Vocals (14:32)


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    2.6.6 Transitions (13:21)


Chapter 9: Additional Content

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    3.1 From MIDI Notes to Notation (7:55)


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    3.2 Mixing & Mastering Orchestral Music (15:55)


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    3.3 Phrased Instruments (6:15)


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    3.4 Library Recommendations (10:30)


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    Conclusion (0:44)


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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Rising Hope Music
Submitted 2 weeks ago

Probably one of the most detailed MIDI orchestration training you can find now !

Extremely useful Music and MIDI Production training for Beginner to Intermediate Level. It teaches not just the production part of MIDI production, but also on the musical know-hows like Ostinatos, Lyrical writing, etc etc.. Highly recommended !

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Sound for Film/TV, Cubase, Studio One

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Zx81
Submitted 3 months ago

Very well constructed course

For me, this is one of the stand out courses on this site. The standard of tuition far exceeds many of the other orchestral composition courses and strikes a good balance between theory and practice.

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ToanAustralia
Submitted 5 months ago

more than perfect

lots of information to learn

I am a: Beginner, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Logic Pro


pmcmurtry
Submitted 5 months ago

Very useful videos!

I loved these videos, they have given me an insight into making classical music which is one area that I am trained at but just needed a little boost as mostly I work on Pop/Rock tunes with classical inputs only here and there. This now opens up further doors and I am grateful for their expertise.

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AFG
Submitted 7 months ago

Best virtual orchestration/composition series that I’ve seen.

Very thorough and considerate. While the authors do delve into specifics about individual libraries and virtual instruments, they offer lots of pointers and examples of how and why certain techniques and workflows yield the best results.

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hodshonf
Submitted 8 months ago

Outstanding Overview

Comprehensive and enjoyable.

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Sound for Film/TV

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JT#Jon
Submitted 8 months ago

Simply Fantastic!

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!

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AlMur
Submitted 9 months ago

Great course!

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

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ultraultra
Submitted 1 year ago

Great stuff.

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

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petersguitar.com
Submitted 1 year ago

One of the best! Hope more from this author/company.

Germany made. Logically organized contents!

I am a: Professional, Producer, Cubase

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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.

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    Orchestral Library Toolbox

    German based tutorial company audio-workshop have 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 these in-depth video tutorials.

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Orchestral Library Toolbox is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 23 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Probably one of the most detailed MIDI orchestration training you can find now ! Extremely useful Music and MIDI Production training for Beginner to Intermediate Level. It teaches not just the production part of MIDI production, but also on the musical know-hows like Ostinatos, Lyrical writing, etc etc.. Highly recommended !
Date published: 2018-09-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very well constructed course For me, this is one of the stand out courses on this site. The standard of tuition far exceeds many of the other orchestral composition courses and strikes a good balance between theory and practice.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from more than perfect lots of information to learn
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very useful videos! I loved these videos, they have given me an insight into making classical music which is one area that I am trained at but just needed a little boost as mostly I work on Pop/Rock tunes with classical inputs only here and there. This now opens up further doors and I am grateful for their expertise.
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Best virtual orchestration/composition series that I’ve seen. Very thorough and considerate. While the authors do delve into specifics about individual libraries and virtual instruments, they offer lots of pointers and examples of how and why certain techniques and workflows yield the best results.
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Outstanding Overview Comprehensive and enjoyable.
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Simply Fantastic! 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!
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great course! 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.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great stuff. 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.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from One of the best! Hope more from this author/company. Germany made. Logically organized contents!
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Amazing information! Wow, so much to learn, and I am only on the basics section. Great set of videos.
Date published: 2017-07-17
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Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Very well done!
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from comprehensive and easy to follow Excellent tutorial everything is well covered. Very helpful.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent! Lots of tips and useful information. High recommended!
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent series For anyone using virtual instruments to simulate orchestral music, whether for film, tv, trailers or even adding to pop/rock arrangements, this is a must see. A few sections were a bit redundant for me - I didn't need to see them play in example after example of some of the items - but beginners would benefit. I do a lot of typesetting and I think there are far easier ways than they talked about to get one's music from a bunch of MIDI items to a notation product acceptable for an orchestra to play. But what they did show will work nicely.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent presentation I purchased this a short time ago and have been very very impressed with this product . This is an excellent product for one who is already an orchestrator or can read music and needs to do the crossover to electronic midi sequencing etc. The presenters are extremely professional and the combination of their voice-over and examples to listen to flow well together.( they don't ramble on while you are trying to listen to the music example ) The sequential steps and chapters are all very logical and laid out in simplistic terms for any person to comprehend. This product also comes with PDF sheet music to download and I would recommend that you download the PDF as this will help understand how to explode your music for midi sequencing in the electronic world. In conclusion I would highly recommend this tutorial as an extremely valuable library resource material. Peter Reynolds Australia
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Orchestral Library This is excellent.It gives an idea of the different libraries,and how to use them.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great content Must see! For composers, songwriters, all musicians
Date published: 2016-10-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excepcional! No other words to describe it! Full suited for the beginner but very deep for the experienced as well. I'm learning a lot from this course. Recommended!
Date published: 2016-10-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A Serious Course Great Value This European Based Team is detailed oriented yet very hands on and practical. I am a pro tools user but recently branched into orchestration and with that the mock orchestra is a reality and a fantastic tool. This is a Cubase environment but easily transferable or as they say DAW NEUTRAL. The idea to explore with deep stacks of sounds orchestral templates is what George Martin brought to the Beatles… I feel I am gaining valuable practical knowledge. My next class is VEPro 6 A must have component in that type of settings.
Date published: 2016-10-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very comprehensive, with many practical examples. This series alone has justified the price of my subscription! It has so many examples across different genres. Very inspiring!
Date published: 2016-09-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from BEST EVER! I have been waiting for English version of this video tutorials from audioworkshop for years. I did use the German version, with difficulties of not understanding the language a year ago. I find this to be the best tutorials to learn Orchestra genre on Cubase ever on internet.
Date published: 2016-09-16
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