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Chapter 1 : Basics

  • Introduction 4:59

    Introduction

    Welcome to the series! Your instructors give a short overview of what’s to come.

  • 1.1.1 Technical Knowledge 12:44

    1.1.1 Technical Knowledge

    Learn the important basic requirements for computer hardware and software that are necessary to work with large orchestral libraries.

  • 1.1.2 MIDI Hardware 6:13

    1.1.2 MIDI Hardware

    Learn about the MIDI hardware that’s used to control orchestral libraries.

  • 1.1.3 Volume vs Expression 5:51

    1.1.3 Volume vs Expression

    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

    1.1.4 What are Release Samples?

    See why release samples are necessary to emulate the sound of a classic instrument perfectly.

  • 1.1.5 KONTAKT Library Install & Authorize 10:52

    1.1.5 KONTAKT Library Install & Authorize

    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 KONTAKT 7:25

    1.1.6 Using Single Outputs with KONTAKT

    Learn how to setup single outputs for libraries when working with the KONTAKT sampler.

  • 1.1.7 Creating a Hybrid Orchestra Template 11:59

    1.1.7 Creating a Hybrid Orchestra Template

    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

  • 1.2.1 Instruments & Articulations 26:48

    1.2.1 Instruments & Articulations

    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 Instruments 7:54

    1.2.2 Panning Settings of Orchestral Instruments

    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 Instruments 11:40

    1.2.3 Room Effect Settings for Orchestral Instruments

    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 Instruments  8:43

    1.2.4 Single Instruments vs. Multi Instruments vs. Phrased Instruments

    What are the three types of common orchestral instrument libraries and how do they work.

Chapter 3 : Articulation Practices

  • 2.1.1 Introduction 5:55

    2.1.1 Introduction

    Watch an overview about articulation in orchestral libraries and how they work.

  • 2.1.2 Recording Keyswitches 3:24

    2.1.2 Recording Keyswitches

    Discover how to record Keyswitches when using articulations in your music.

  • 2.1.3 CineSymphony LITE Strings Intro 17:11

    2.1.3 CineSymphony LITE Strings Intro

    Get an introduction to this wonderful orchestral library and how articulations are set up.

  • 2.1.4 Recording with CineSymphony LITE 27:57

    2.1.4 Recording with CineSymphony LITE

    Learn how to record Keyswitches by using a common classical theme from Mozart, “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik“.

  • 2.1.5 Recording Strings with VSL 16:56

    2.1.5 Recording Strings with VSL

    The same example as in the last chapter, now using another library from well known manufacturer VSL.

  • 2.1.6 Recording Woodwinds with VSL 16:13

    2.1.6 Recording Woodwinds with VSL

    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 Instruments 13:56

    2.1.7 Samplemodeling Woodwind Instruments

    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 VSL 20:20

    2.1.8 Recording Brass with VSL

    Learn how to use articulations with the VSL Special Edition Library brass instruments, such as trumpet, trombone and horn.

  • 2.1.9 Samplemodeling Brass Instruments 14:15

    2.1.9 Samplemodeling Brass Instruments

    The same example as in the last chapter, now using specialized woodwind instruments from Samplemodeling within KONTAKT player.

  • 2.1.10 Percussion Instruments 22:54

    2.1.10 Percussion Instruments

    Learn more about the different percussion and orchestral drums and how to play them.

  • 2.1.11 Practical Use of Percussion 19:06

    2.1.11 Practical Use of Percussion

    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

  • 2.2.1 Intro to Ostinati 4:54

    2.2.1 Intro to Ostinati

    Learn what an ostinato is and how it’s used in modern classical music.

  • 2.2.2 Basic Pattern 6:06

    2.2.2 Basic Pattern

    Discover how to record a basic ostinati pattern by combining different strings.

  • 2.2.3 Rhythm & Instrumentation 7:11

    2.2.3 Rhythm & Instrumentation

    Learn more about ostinati by using advanced rhythm and instrumentation techniques.

  • 2.2.4 Structured Dynamics 6:05

    2.2.4 Structured Dynamics

    Discover another example of ostinato by building up a structured dynamic performance.

  • 2.2.5 Strong Accentuations 6:25

    2.2.5 Strong Accentuations

    See how ostinati works when notes are accentuated.

  • 2.2.6 Counter-Rotating Ostinati 7:12

    2.2.6 Counter-Rotating Ostinati

    Learn about a more sophisticated technique for ostinato called the “counter-rotation”, and how to use it.

  • 2.2.7 Time Changes with Ostinati 9:37

    2.2.7 Time Changes with Ostinati

    Discover how Ostinati can also be enhanced with time-changes.

  • 2.2.8 Ostinati with Harmonies 5:26

    2.2.8 Ostinati with Harmonies

    Finally, learn how and why an ostinato can be built-up by using different harmonies.

Chapter 5 : Using Lyrical Patterns to Create Moods

  • 2.3.1 Lyrical Introduction 5:13

    2.3.1 Lyrical Introduction

    Discover how orchestral instruments are often used to create different moods.

  • 2.3.2 The Four Basic Chord Types 5:35

    2.3.2 The Four Basic Chord Types

    Learn about the four basic chord types, major, minor, augmented and diminished, which cover the full range of emotion.

  • 2.3.3 Typical chord progressions 10:49

    2.3.3 Typical chord progressions

    Discover more about typical chord progressions that are often used within film scores and classical music.

  • 2.3.4 Suspenseful Chord Progressions 16:00

    2.3.4 Suspenseful Chord Progressions

    See how to create suspenseful feelings when composing music to provoke important emotional reactions.

  • 2.3.5 Harmonic & Dynamic Progressions 12:39

    2.3.5 Harmonic & Dynamic Progressions

    Learn more about chord progressions and how they can enhance your music.

  • 2.3.6 Mood Changes 6:59

    2.3.6 Mood Changes

    See even more examples on how to change chords for creating specific moods.

  • 2.3.7 Moods with Reduced Scales 5:44

    2.3.7 Moods with Reduced Scales

    Discover how you can use only the notes of a scale to create impressive chords.

  • 2.3.8 Moods with Instrument Combinations 7:51

    2.3.8 Moods with Instrument Combinations

    Learn how to combine different orchestral instruments to create different moods.

Chapter 6 : Compositions Examples

  • 2.4.1 The Classic Epic Theme Pt. 1 26:44

    2.4.1 The Classic Epic Theme Pt. 1

    Learn how to create a complete, classic epic composition track by track.

  • 2.4.2 The Classic Epic Theme Pt. 2 16:47

    2.4.2 The Classic Epic Theme Pt. 2

    Continue seeing how to create a complete, classic epic composition track by track.

  • 2.4.3 The Elegiac Ending 15:20

    2.4.3 The Elegiac Ending

    Discover how to create an elegiac ending composition track by track.

  • 2.4.4 The Modern Action Theme 12:13

    2.4.4 The Modern Action Theme

    See how to create a complete, modern action theme track by track.

Chapter 7 : Horn Section for Pop, Soul & Funk

  • 2.5.1 Horn Section Introduction 10:17

    2.5.1 Horn Section Introduction

    See how to use wind instruments in pop, soul and funk music and create a horn section.

  • 2.5.2 Harmonic Analysis 13:49

    2.5.2 Harmonic Analysis

    Start by analyzing the piece before writing the wind section parts.

  • 2.5.3 The Horn Section 5:43

    2.5.3 The Horn Section

    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 Flugelhorn 9:31

    2.5.4 The Flugelhorn

    Moving on, discover the effect a flugelhorn has when added to the section.

  • 2.5.5 One More Time! 7:36

    2.5.5 One More Time!

    See another example of how to emulate a wind section by using virtual instruments only.

Chapter 8 : String Section for Rock & Pop

  • 2.6.1 String Section Introduction 23:16

    2.6.1 String Section Introduction

    Discover how to use orchestral string instruments within rock and pop music compositions.

  • 2.6.2 Legato Background 9:22

    2.6.2 Legato Background

    Watch and learn how legato strings are used to create a classic mood within a rock music track.

  • 2.6.3 Staccato & Legato 14:35

    2.6.3 Staccato & Legato

    See how by using staccato and legato strings alternately, you can vitalize your pop and rock music compositions.

  • 2.6.4 Disco & House 9:02

    2.6.4 Disco & House

    Discover how modern dance music can be elevated by using classic strings instruments.

  • 2.6.5 Strings & Vocals 14:32

    2.6.5 Strings & Vocals

    Watch how orchestral strings are a must-have in a vocal ballad composition.

  • 2.6.6 Transitions 13:21

    2.6.6 Transitions

    See how string runs are often used to connect song parts, and how to construct them in detail.

Chapter 9 : Additional Content

  • 3.1 From MIDI Notes to Notation 7:55

    3.1 From MIDI Notes to Notation

    Discover how to turn your MIDI recordings into notation that musicians can read.

  • 3.2 Mixing & Mastering Orchestral Music 15:55

    3.2 Mixing & Mastering Orchestral Music

    Learn the Do’s and Don’ts of mixing and mastering orchestral music.

  • 3.3 Phrased Instruments 6:15

    3.3 Phrased Instruments

    See how a phrased instrument library works in detail, featuring the Sonokinetic Capriccio library.

  • 3.4 Library Recommendations 10:30

    3.4 Library Recommendations

    Finally, the authors give some useful tips and recommendations for using orchestral libraries.

  • Conclusion 0:44

    Conclusion

    The authors say thank you and goodbye!

Product Overview


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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