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Orchestrating in Logic Pro X

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    Tutorial 1



    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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    Tutorial 2

    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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    Tutorial 3

    Real Time Articulation Switching


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

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    Tutorial 4

    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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    Tutorial 5

    Orchestrating the Original Idea


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

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    Tutorial 6

    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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    Tutorial 7

    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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    Tutorial 8



    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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    Tutorial 9

    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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    Tutorial 10

    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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    Tutorial 11

    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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    Tutorial 12



    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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    Tutorial 13



    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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    Tutorial 14

    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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    Tutorial 15



    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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    Tutorial 16

    Final Playback


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

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!

Submitted 6 months ago

Really nice

Eli goes deep in the possibilites of expression and articulation. Beautiful! Thank you!

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Submitted 11 months ago

Great tutorial!

Another great tutorial!

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Submitted 11 months ago

A very well spent 90-odd minutes!

Groove 3 is my favorite training site. Absolutely.

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Submitted 11 months ago

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.

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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Orchestrating in Logic Pro X is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 4.
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