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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    3:48

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

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    Tutorial 2

    The Game Plan

    11:53

    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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    Tutorial 3

    Notation Workflow Tips & Best Practices

    10:33

    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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    Tutorial 4

    Notion 101 For Producers

    11:17

    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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    Tutorial 5

    MIDI & Notation Software

    7:41

    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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    Tutorial 6

    Importing MusicXML into Notion

    10:36

    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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    Tutorial 7

    Importing & Attaching Audio in Notion

    12:24

    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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    Tutorial 8

    Adding 3rd Party Virtual Instruments & Plug-In

    10:49

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

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    Tutorial 9

    Articulations vs Playing Techniques

    4:05

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

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    Tutorial 10

    Creating a Ruleset in Notion

    13:51

    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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    Tutorial 11

    Adding Humanization in Notion

    15:51

    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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    Tutorial 12

    Sending the Score to Studio One

    3:19

    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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    Tutorial 13

    Tweaking the Rough Mix

    5:11

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

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    Tutorial 14

    Editing the Keyswitches

    15:37

    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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    Tutorial 15

    Adjusting the Velocities

    14:09

    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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    Tutorial 16

    Layering & Adding Additional Virtual Instruments

    13:58

    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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    Tutorial 17

    Creating Huge Sounds from Individual MIDI Parts

    9:35

    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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    Tutorial 18

    Dealing with Trills

    15:58

    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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    Tutorial 19

    Expression & Modulation for Added Realism

    9:09

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

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    Tutorial 20

    Logic Pro X Workflow

    4:29

    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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    Tutorial 21

    Pro Tools Workflow

    6:16

    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.

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!

Johnsrev
Submitted 3 months ago

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.

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing piano at around 5 years old, after which point I switched to the Guitar at around age 10. I was pretty lucky, as my parents had quite a nice selection of records, spanning across multiple genres, that I could listen too. I would sit by the record player with headphones on, and close my eyes, and imagine myself playing along with them. I listened to much "older" music than the current music my age group was listening to. I continued to play the guitar and by 16, had developed some pretty decent chops, and was playing lots of local jazz clubs & restaurants with a couple friends. However after the birth of my first son, I took a break from gigging, and made the transition to the other side of the glass. However, I still rely on, and draw upon my abilities as a musician all the time, as I feel that an engineer, producer, or mixer, with a decent understanding of music, tempo, groove, theory, and genres, is a step ahead of the game.

2. What training have you had?

Pretty much 23 years of locking myself in a chair, and working diligently on my craft. Over the years, Ive also had had the great pleasure of working with other fantastic engineers, being able to pick their brains, observe and sponge in all the information that they offered. I still maintain, that you can learn more from a couple weeks, or even a couple days working with a seasoned pro, then you can in a year or 2 of school. Although I was set on going to audio engineering for school, my parents insisted on me going to school for business marketing, which didn't really work out, as I spent most of my time cutting class and going to my older sisters media arts classes, offering up myself as an actor, or voice over actor, (whatever they needed) for all of their student productions, so that I could learn more about audio/video production. It wasn't quite an audio engineering per se, but it was a close second!

Although Ive never had any formal education, I can recall my early "lessons" from my father, of cutting tape, and working with analogue gear. Being given tasks, like recording music from a record to tape, then cutting the tape, to make edits. The process of gain staging, EQ, fader riding, compression, adding reverb, etc etc. Also most importantly, my lessons in understanding the psychology behind getting the best performance from your artist/talent, which I was able to comprehend, and which I still keep with me, and use to this day.

3. When did you get into recording?

By about 11 years old, after listening to countless records in awe, I became interested, (or maybe even obsessed) with the whole recording process. When I badgered my father enough, he eventually dusted off his old TEAC 3340 reel to reel, an old mixer, and a spring reverb for me, that had been meticulously stored and well taken care of. Needless to say, It was pretty much game over from that point on. I fell in love with the notion of being able to capture a moment in time, a performance of art, and preserving it. In the very beginning, I spent most of my time re-recording old records, and singing and playing over top while tracking them, playing around with different microphones, then began a crash course in the basics.

In a sense I was very fortunate, as in addition to being a producer/camera man, my father was a pretty savvy audio engineer, who used to record/mix the music for all his documentaries / productions he worked on back in the day. So, at a very young age, & before the times of the “Mbox" and portable interfaces, little did I know, that I was receiving some very thorough training that became the foundation of my craft. As i grew more comfortable with the gear, I started inviting other children over to my "studio" (parents living room-LoL) who were in bands, so that I could record them. My parents were pretty supportive, often allowing me to use this area, and make noise to do something I enjoyed.

Fast forward a couple years to high school, As my band was looking to get some gigs, I was able to record our own demo's to hand out to clients, and continued to work on my craft, eventually opening up my first studio in 2002. From there, everything else is pretty much history.

4. People you have worked with/for?

The majority of my work has been on the Indi scene music wise, working with local talent, and also internationally as a mixer for various clients in different genres. In 2010/2011 I shifted my efforts, and began working on ad spots, both writing, and recording/mixing with different composers, which eventually brought me down the path of actually developing my own set of sample libraries for composers to use in music production, and television/film/games. This has really opened up some doors for me and expanded my cliental into areas I would have never imagined. I continue to work with talented artists, and composers on various projects, in addition, I also do some voice over work for different audio brands.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Tough one to answer, but, i'd like to think that I teach people the way that I prefer to be taught. Which is building a foundation of knowledge, then adding to it in stages, with clear steps. I try to stay on point, and simplify a process down to its core level. I find that in general, there are a lot of tutorials that leave you scratching your head sometimes. I try to avoid that. Ive often had friends say to me, that I simplify things, so if thats the case, then I hope I can continue to do so.

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    Producing an Epic String Arrangement from Score

    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!

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Producing an Epic String Arrangement from Score is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
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