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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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  • Introduction 3:48

    Introduction

    Marcus gives you a brief introduction discussing the intent behind the series.

  • The Game Plan 11:53

    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.

  • Notation Workflow Tips & Best Practices 10:33

    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.

  • Notion 101 For Producers 11:17

    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.

  • MIDI & Notation Software 7:41

    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.

  • Importing MusicXML into Notion 10:36

    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.

  • Importing & Attaching Audio in Notion 12:24

    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.

  • Adding 3rd Party Virtual Instruments & Plug-In 10:49

    Adding 3rd Party Virtual Instruments & Plug-In

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

  • Articulations vs Playing Techniques 4:05

    Articulations vs Playing Techniques

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

  • Creating a Ruleset in Notion 13:51

    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.

  • Adding Humanization in Notion 15:51

    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.

  • Sending the Score to Studio One 3:19

    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.

  • Tweaking the Rough Mix 5:11

    Tweaking the Rough Mix

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

  • Editing the Keyswitches 15:37

    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.

  • Adjusting the Velocities 14:09

    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.

  • Layering & Adding Additional Virtual Instruments 13:58

    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.

  • Creating Huge Sounds from Individual MIDI Parts 9:35

    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.

  • Dealing with Trills 15:58

    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.

  • Expression & Modulation for Added Realism 9:09

    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.

  • Logic Pro X Workflow 4:29

    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.

  • Pro Tools Workflow 6:16

    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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