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Producing an Epic String Arrangement from Score

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21 Videos | Length: 3hr 30min 29sec
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    Marcus gives you a brief introduction discussing the intent behind the series.

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    The Game Plan

    Marcus now reveals the track that will be used for the duration of the series, and discusses the approach he will be taking for incorporating the Notation / Score into his DAW project.

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    Notation Workflow Tips & Best Practices

    Marcus discusses some basic workflow tips and suggestions that can help streamline the process when dealing with Notation based score in your productions.

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    Notion 101 For Producers

    In this video, Marcus demonstrates some basic functions such as navigation shortcuts, and selection / editing techniques that producers should familiarize themselves with when working with Notion.

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    MIDI & Notation Software

    Marcus demonstrates how to send over MIDI data from Notion to PreSonus Studio One with the seamless integration between the two programs.

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    Importing MusicXML into Notion

    Learn how to import a MusicXML created by another notation program, into Notion, in order to edit and tweak the score further before incorporating it into your production.

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    Importing & Attaching Audio in Notion

    Marcus demonstrates how to import / add a rendered mix-down of an audio file into Notion, in order to have the production mix sitting in the same project as the Score.

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    Adding 3rd Party Virtual Instruments & Plug-In

    Learn how to add & enable both 3rd party virtual instruments & plug-ins within Notion.

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    Articulations vs Playing Techniques

    Marcus discusses the fundamental differences between how Notion interprets playing techniques vs articulations and how this affects keyswitches and Rulesets.

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    Creating a Ruleset in Notion

    Learn how to create a custom Ruleset in Notion, that can be used to interpret Articulation Keyswitches when working with 3rd party Virtual Instruments.

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    Adding Humanization in Notion

    Marcus demonstrates some basic techniques that can be used to add a layer of humanization to score, such as randomizing velocities and note on/off positions.

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    Sending the Score to Studio One

    After completing all the needed work in Notion, Marcus sends over the complete score along with the 3rd party virtual instrument presets, to Studio One.

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    Tweaking the Rough Mix

    In this video, Marcus sets up his rough mix in the DAW, as well as some basic routing and effects.

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    Editing the Keyswitches

    In this video, Marcus demonstrates how to edit the keyswitches that were sent over from Notion. In addition, he also discusses some general workflow tips for working in the MIDI editor.

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    Adjusting the Velocities

    Learn how to tweak and adjust the velocity levels in your DAW to achieve an appropriate and realistic balance between the dynamics of the MIDI vs your production.

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    Layering & Adding Additional Virtual Instruments

    In this video, Marcus demonstrates how to use alternate virtual instruments to add as an additional layer, to help add width and character to your production.

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    Creating Huge Sounds from Individual MIDI Parts

    Learn how to use larger preset patches within your virtual instruments to create massive orchestral layers by borrowing MIDI elements from different tracks.

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    Dealing with Trills

    Marcus outlines some tips on how to deal with creating trills with virtual instruments that do not have a trill keyswitch articulation.

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    Expression & Modulation for Added Realism

    Learn how both Expression & Modulation can be used to program an added layer of realism into your MIDI string performances.

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    Logic Pro X Workflow

    Learn how to use the built in stock EXS24 content within Logic Pro, to flesh out your MIDI into a realistic performance.

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    Pro Tools Workflow

    In this video Marcus demonstrates how the stock Virtual Instrument AIR Xpand! 2 can be used to layer in additional sounds by borrowing MIDI information from different tracks.

Product Overview

Studio guru Marcus Huyskens gives you an in-depth look at how to take a string arrangement composed in notation software and bring it to life inside your DAW using virtual instruments and more. Shot with Presonus Studio One and Notion, the ideas can also be applied to any DAW and score software!

Marcus begins by welcoming you and discusses the intent behind the series, and reveals the track that will be featured. You'll then get workflow tips and suggestions that will help when dealing with notation based score in your productions.

Next, Marcus shows how to get the MIDI data from your notation software into your DAW, as well as how to import a MusicXML file created by another notation program and tweak it further. Marcus then imports the audio mix into Notion to develop the score further, and adds 3rd party virtual instruments for further sonic choices.

Moving on, you'll explore articulations and playing techniques and how they affect keyswitches, followed by how to add humanization to your score, and see how to export the score along with its virtual instruments into the DAW session.

Mixing is next, and Marcus shows how to set up the rough mix as well as basic routing and effects, and then shows how to adjust velocities to create a realistic balance between the dynamics of the virtual instruments and the rest of your production.

You'll also see how to layer and add additional VIs, making parts sound huge by creating orchestral layers, using expression and modulation continuous controllers for added realism, and lastly, videos on using Logic Pro X and Pro Tools stock virtual instruments when working with score.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you want to learn about taking a string arrangement that was recorded in a notation software program and moving it into your DAW for the final production, this is the series to watch... Checkout "Producing an Epic String Arrangement from Score" today!

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Producing an Epic String Arrangement from Score is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 8 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great teacher This is a great course from a real professional who is really attentive to detail. It was great to finally find a course on Groove 3 that includes notation as part of music production. The only shortcoming is that the course does not offer practice files. Linkedin Learning offers project files in their courses even in the case of copyrighted materials (with the appropriate warnings), so I don't see why Groove 3 would not. Furthermore, the "expression" chapter got me lost; it would have been better to have something more than just a screen recording in order to understand what the teacher was doing in that chapter. At any rate, still a five star. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2021-06-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Très intéressante - Very interesting and helpful I have learned so much and it was a very good investment of time and learning.. J’ai vraiment apprécié les conseils fourmis par l’animateur qui est très compétent...Merci - Thank you
Date published: 2021-04-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great information! I really appreciate the detail in this tutorial! I look forward to implementing a lot of these techniques in my workflow now!
Date published: 2020-10-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful! It is an excellent tutorial because it explains a clear, rational and working musical form. You study step by step the basics from which to build a complete small piece of music: a perfect tutorial for all beginners. I wish there were a thousand tutorials like this: one for each music genre.
Date published: 2020-09-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very well done and helpful! This has helped me to understand a process that I really wasn't aware existed. So, just based alone on that fact, this is very helpful. Hyskens is also an excellent teacher!!! 5 stars!
Date published: 2020-02-04
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Helping my workflow For those are using Studio One, and Notion is very helpful. I'm primarily Cubase user and Logic Pro user. The concept learned here is adaptable to our DAW. There's some aspect explained are specifically related to Notion and Studio One. I've learned things on the workflow and what I can do within my DAW about it.
Date published: 2019-06-15
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from Very helpful if you are using notion and studio one, in other case it is out of interest it don't help me
Date published: 2019-02-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Course This course shows some very interesting workflows, as well as, a more advanced use of Notion 6 as it relates to integration with Studio One 3. The only aspect that bothered me as a composer, was the VST instantiation which used all treble clefs. The alto and bass clefs which were correctly translated from the Sibelius MusicXML file into Notion 6 were somehow changed when the Kontakt 5 was used instead of the stock sounds in Notion. The result was a very sloppy score. (This may sound like nitpicking, but it is elementary in score notation to use the proper clefs for instruments that play in the alto and bass clefs.) Nevertheless, the music is beautiful, and the recorded performances were top notch! The engineering was professional as well. I would really like to purchase the final product. The artist has written a very inspiring composition. Bravo!!! Thank you Groove 3 for offering this excellent course.
Date published: 2018-01-15
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