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Orchestral Mixing Explained®

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    Introduction to Mixing Orchestras (3:36)


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    Explaining the Sections in the Orchestra (6:47)


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    The Microphones (8:22)


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    The Standard Orchestra Positioning (7:17)


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    Solo Section vs Ensemble Explained (4:34)


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    Packing the Sections into Folders (8:44)


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    Balancing the Sections (14:13)


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    Creating Reverb Sends (12:58)


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    Mixing the String Ensemble Pt. 1 (15:19)


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    Mixing the String Ensemble Pt. 2 (13:00)


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    The Brass Ensemble (16:00)


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    The Woodwinds Ensemble (13:19)


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    The Percussion (15:13)


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    Tuned Percussion (7:53)


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    Piano, Harp & Choirs (14:25)


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    Enhancing the Dynamics with VCA Automation (12:20)


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    Mastering the Orchestra (8:25)


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    Smaller Orchestral Setup (4:48)


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    Mixing the Smaller Strings (17:22)


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    Mixing the Smaller Brass (14:55)


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    Mixing the Smaller Woodwinds (16:43)


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    Taking a Look at EaReverb (13:12)


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    Virtual Sound Stage (11:36)


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    Hybrid Strings Mix (9:24)


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    Hybrid Brass (5:30)


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    Hybrid Percussion (11:36)


In this Groove3 video tutorial series, DAW pro Gary Hiebner presents a video series all about mixing orchestral music and instruments. Learn how to approach this artful task and get results that sound both realistic and incredible.

Gary welcomes you to the series and discusses the approach to take when mixing orchestral instruments, as well as explaining the different sections of an orchestra, the different microphones used and why, standard orchestra positioning, and the differences in sound and qualities of an ensemble section versus a solo player.

Next, you’ll learn about the foundations of orchestral mixing such as how to balance the different sections and creating reverb sends for the different instruments. Gary then focuses on mixing techniques for the different ensembles including Strings, Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion, plus extra orchestral instruments like Piano, Harps and Choirs.

Moving on you’ll explore how to enhance the dynamics of your orchestral mix with VCA Automation, and the steps to take to finalize and master your orchestral mix, including what mastering processors are usually used.

Gary then gives you more videos on related topics like mixing smaller orchestral setups, using EaReckon's tool EarReverb and Parallax Audio's Virtual Sound Stage for better placement of your orchestral instruments in the mix, and mixing a Hybrid Rock/Orchestral production so you’re ready for any mix task that incorporates orchestral instruments.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you’re new to mixing orchestral instruments or just want more tips, ideas and techniques, this is the tutorial collection to watch… Checkout “Orchestral Mixing Explained®” today!


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Gary Hiebner is a sound designer and music composer from South Africa who has worked in new media such as music and sound for TV and online games. He has worked through a multitude of different audio software, and through this found a passion for teaching how to use the different types of audio software that are available on the market. Gary is a firm believer that audio software has its place in the creative field and using them as tools you can get different results which you might not have ever imagined in your compositions and productions.

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