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Orchestrating in Logic Pro X

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    Get an overview of what will be covered in these videos, and hear a before and after version of the exercise that will be developed throughout the series.

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    Understanding Articulation IDs

    Learn how to choose and switch instrument articulations in the Smart Controls and Event List windows using Logic?s proprietary Articulation ID note property feature.

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    Real Time Articulation Switching

    Explore real time articulation switching directly from the EXS 24 modulation matrix, and from Smart Controls.

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    MIDI Expression & Alternate Tempo Map

    Learn how to set up an Environment transformer to convert incoming MIDI CC messages from an external controller into MIDI Expression (CC 11) messages. And see how to create an alternate tempo map in order to play in parts at a slower tempo.

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    Orchestrating the Original Idea

    Follow along as the original three voice piano sketch is spread across three string section sounds.

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    Developing the Idea Pt. 1

    Discover how subtly modifying the EXS 24 attack envelope of the string section sounds enhances the natural quality of the legato note swells already established with MIDI expression. And follow along as a pizzicato cello section part is added to the next eight bars of the orchestration.

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    Developing the Idea Pt. 2

    Pizzicato basses are added, and doubled on solo clarinet, to flesh out the ostinato pattern outlining the shifting harmonies.

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    Watch as a legato melody is recorded using the french horn section. Track alternatives are used to record multiple passes of expression data. The melody is then doubled with a solo bassoon and the copied expression data is edited.

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    Ostinato Variation

    Here a variation of the ostinato part is created in the lower register, sustained chords are used in the middle register of the French Horn section, and the melody is restated in the high register by solo flute and the first violins.

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    Developing the Variation

    A rhythmic trumpet section part comprised of staccato and legato playing styles is added. The rhythm is then doubled on snare drum.

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    Harmonic & Melodic Variation

    A modified version of the main melodic motif is played over a short and simple ostinato variation built on a static harmonic center.

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    The central ostinato theme is restated with a simple melodic variation added, followed by the principal melody with a thinned out accompaniment.

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    The sketch is ended with a full chord. Each instrument plays one note, and a swell is established by recording separate expression data for each instrument.

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    Phrasing & Tempo

    Learn to use the global tempo track to create subtle ritardando and accelerando changes to add phrasing and timing variations between sections.

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    Hear how Logic?s stereo panning and PlatinumVerb?s early reflections are used to establish positioning and depth in the orchestral mix.

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    Final Playback

    Explore a few last minute tweaks, and hear a final playback of the full exercise.

Product Overview

Your personal Logic Orchestra awaits! Eli Krantzberg guides you through a comprehensive series on how to create realistic orchestral arrangements using nothing but Logic Pro X and its built-in instruments. You also get the Logic Project files so you can follow along and experiment!

Eli begins with an overview of what will be covered in the series, talking about how he'll take a simple piano sketch and orchestrate it into something big and beautiful using Logic's instruments.

This is followed by videos on things that make for more realistic sound, such as use of Logic's Articulation IDs, creating and editing MIDI Expression, tempo curves, panning, predealy, and reverb.

Throughout the series Eli explores and explains ways to develop the original musical idea, as well as how to build up the orchestration by creating a melody, counter melody, rhythmic ostinatos, harmonic variations, and more.

See the individual tutorial descriptions below for what's covered. If you use Logic Pro X and want to know how to produce convincing orchestral arrangements using Logic's instruments, this video series is on your "must watch" list. Get "Orchestrating in Logic Pro X" today!

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Orchestrating in Logic Pro X is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 14 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great for Beginners The step by step approach used in these videos is exactly what a beginner needs.
Date published: 2021-03-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Many great pointers He keeps it simple in this series which is very helpful in learning how to apply the topics.
Date published: 2021-01-27
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from Old fashioned ideas about orchestration that no longer apply With the quality of Sample Libraries in the last five years there is no reason to start orchestrating on a piano...that's a through back to when studio musician time was expensive and they didn't have the technology they have today. The main problem with composing on the piano is that it's natural harmonics are different than those of the strings, winds, and brass. You will miss harmonies that sound good for those sections if you start on a piano. Use your keyboard skill and start with an ensemble section of the orchestra instead. Also, his recommendation to change the ADSR envelope and automating volume levels of certain string notes is bad. It results in artificial sounding "video game" orchestration ...instead use better sample libraries like those from Spitfire and Orchestral Tools that don't have poor violin recordings. Also use mic positions.
Date published: 2021-01-23
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Another bunch of learning points. I am finding all of these Training Tutorials so helpful, and whilst it is a significant learning curve, each video is so well put together in terms of content, scope / key points, presentation, and pace. Thank you.
Date published: 2021-01-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from What's not to like? Fabulous introduction to Orchestrating using Logic Pro X. Presented by master Eli. What's not to like?
Date published: 2020-12-17
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from A good starter on orchestration but with some reservations Eli is one of my favourite tutors on Groove3. He speaks full, grammatically correct sentences with no hesitation and no hyperbole. He teaches you what Logic's instrument articulations are and how articulation IDs are stored with the notes, how to select an articulation ID before recording, and how to change articulations after recording. He teaches you the difference between merged and overlapped MIDI recordings, how to have a separate recording tempo from your playback tempo, and how to set up shortcut keys for Capture Recording and Create New Track with Same Instrument - very useful for having the same instrument play more than one MIDI part at a time. And he also demonstrates how to capture expression both while playing an instrument and after having recorded it. Most of the rest of the course is the same sequence repeated over and over: adding an instrument, selecting an articulation, playing a few bars, capturing the recording, quantising where necessary, adding expression if it wasn't added while playing, and rinse, repeat, rinse, repeat, rinse, repeat. I felt that I was learning less and less as the course progressed, with so little new information in each video. So it seemed to be more about Eli finishing his musical piece than about passing knowledge onto us. Also, it was a strange piece of music to use as a teaching aid. When we compose a piece of music, it's mostly for a particular purpose: music for an ad; theme or incidental music for a movie; an opera, a concerto, a chorale; music simply to entertain, and so on. This seemed to be none of those. It was just... strange. I can understand that the course might have grown over-large if Eli had explained how each instrument or section took particular themes during a classical piece, for example, but there was no explanation as to why each instrument played its particular melody, counterpoint, or whatever. I guess it's up to us to map what we were given onto what we want to compose. Logic Pro X has changed since this course was put together (I'm using 10.5). Articulation sets are defined in the Track section of the Inspector, but Articulation IDs are now included in the panel at the left of the Piano Roll, between Scale Quantize and Velocity. There's no need to open the Event List to edit them. You can select multiple notes and select their Articulation IDs from the dropdown menu rather than having to know which number relates to which ID and then drag the numbers up or down. Simpler and easier. You should be able to use this knowledge together with Eli's techniques in this course to get a good start in orchestration.
Date published: 2020-05-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful As always, Eli is spot on with his instruction with Logic Pro X. This was a short but insightful video course on how to properly orchestrate instruments using Logic Pro X and I will be applying the knowledge in my future productions.
Date published: 2019-07-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Opens a New World Very cool video.... Eli is a great instructor generally, but this is among his best and one of the videos I feel is required viewing for LPX. What makes videos like this great is that you learn about logic AND a new skillset (Orchestration generally). Further, this video is a little extra-cool, because he does orchestrate entirely within the DAW.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Amazing! Excellent course, explained in a clear, direct manner. I have other sample libraries but never knew how powerful Logic was. My orchestration skills have doubled because of this course!
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Really nice Eli goes deep in the possibilites of expression and articulation. Beautiful! Thank you!
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial! Another great tutorial!
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from A very well spent 90-odd minutes! Groove 3 is my favorite training site. Absolutely.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Well done! For anyone using Logic Pro X to create Orchestral Music, this is a great introduction to seeing and hearing what you can do without the need for 3rd party software.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Dissapointed Instead of using a piece of classical music to work with, we got this tedious progression of chords.
Date published: 1969-12-31
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