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MIDI Orchestration Explained®

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Chapter 1: Setup

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    MIDI Orchestration Introduction (7:06)


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    Custom MIDI Setup (5:51)


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    Traditional MIDI Setups (6:34)


Chapter 2: The Solo Instruments

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    The Violin (11:19)


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    The Viola (11:44)


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    Cello & Double Bass (7:17)


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    Flute, Piccolo, Oboe & English Horn (12:07)


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    Clarinets & Bassoon (7:23)


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    Trumpet & Trombones (6:48)


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    Horn & Tuba (6:05)


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    Untuned Percussion (8:04)


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    Tuned Percussion (7:14)


Chapter 3: Production Techniques

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    Using MIDI Expression (9:50)


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    Attack! (6:02)


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    Space (7:42)


Chapter 4: Instrumental Sections

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    The String Section (9:05)


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    The Woodwind Section (8:45)


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    The Brass Section (8:55)


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    Doubling (8:07)


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    Orchestral Accompaniment (6:49)


Chapter 5: Managing MIDI

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    Macro to Micro Sequencing (6:52)


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    Micro Sequencing Continued (10:58)


Chapter 6: Motivic Development

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    The Glass Mirror (14:54)


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    Broken Glass (6:39)


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    Deconstruction to Reconstruction (7:07)


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    Modern Harmony (7:48)


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    Repetition & Retrograde Variations (7:53)


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    Motive-ation! (6:05)


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    More Thematic Development (7:23)


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    Reprise & Coda (8:24)


Music theory master Eli Krantzberg has heard your requests for an in-depth series all about MIDI orchestration and has delivered big time. This series is designed for those of you who want to create realistic symphony orchestrations using todays awesome symphonic virtual instruments. If you want to compose for film, TV or just to get what's in your head outside for all to hear, this collection is for you.

Eli goes really deep in this offering, starting with MIDI, custom and traditional setups and articulations, solo instrument descriptions and usages, how to create production templates, how to group instruments correctly, working with MIDI layers and splits, all the way to macro and micro sequencing, motivic development, modern harmony, deconstruction and reconstruction and so much more.

If you've ever wanted to get into symphonic writing, this series will prove indispensable. Get ready to write your masterpiece, get MIDI orchestration Explained today.


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jneebz
Submitted 2 months ago

Excellent Course!

I really appreciated the realtime DAW examples and the clarity in the presentation. The segments on motivic development are especially helpful!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Cubase

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Callum
Submitted 8 months ago

Exactly what I needed !

This has upped my producing game; shown me exciting blending techniques that I can pair with my understanding of other genres of music; and is concisely explained. Well done :D

I am a: Student, Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Ableton Live

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EdRock26
Submitted 8 months ago

Excellent1

EXCELLENT!

I am a: Producer, Audio Engineer, Ableton Live, Cubase, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Studio One

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TomKa
Submitted 9 months ago

Very well explained from midi to music

I really like mr. Eli K.'s Videos. Lots of valuable infos in each and every sentence. Also very precise verbally. Definately worth the €.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Sound for Film/TV, Logic Pro

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DuarteCancela
Submitted 10 months ago

Amazing content!

Thanks for sharing this acknowledgment! This is priceless.

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Mastering Facility, Reaper

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Vantisocial1
Submitted 1 year ago

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Great video...Insightful

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Bigfrog
Submitted 1 year ago

Lots of great stuff here...

A great little overview of the orchestra and orchestration. If you're a beginner you'll learn a ton but there is a fair amount of stuff for the intermediate composer as well. As an added bonus a lot of the concepts can be applied for blending and composing for non-orchestral instruments and synths.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician

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koziolmatol
Submitted 1 year ago

One of the best courses on G3 !!!

It's just amazing how complex this course is, I learn A LOT, thank you so much!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Logic Pro, Studio One

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Wes Morgen
Submitted 1 year ago

This was an excellent course.

The content was well explained and logical in presentation. Lots of musical examples of the principles helped to illustrate the concepts and strategies in the course.

I am a: Hobbyist

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jono
Submitted 1 year ago

Very Helpful and Interesting

I really liked this course a lot and I thought that Eli did a great a job at teaching the material. I particularly liked Eli's review of the orchestral instruments and their different articulations as well as how combining different instrument families produced different moods in the music. Thank you Eli for a good introduction to this topic .

I am a: Beginner, Musician, Audio Engineer, Game Designer, Sound for Film/TV, Ableton Live, Acid, FL Studio, Mixcraft

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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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MIDI Orchestration Explained® is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 15 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Course! I really appreciated the realtime DAW examples and the clarity in the presentation. The segments on motivic development are especially helpful!
Date published: 2018-10-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Exactly what I needed ! This has upped my producing game; shown me exciting blending techniques that I can pair with my understanding of other genres of music; and is concisely explained. Well done :D
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent1 EXCELLENT!
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very well explained from midi to music I really like mr. Eli K.'s Videos. Lots of valuable infos in each and every sentence. Also very precise verbally. Definately worth the €.
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Amazing content! Thanks for sharing this acknowledgment! This is priceless.
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Thumbs up Great video...Insightful
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Lots of great stuff here... A great little overview of the orchestra and orchestration. If you're a beginner you'll learn a ton but there is a fair amount of stuff for the intermediate composer as well. As an added bonus a lot of the concepts can be applied for blending and composing for non-orchestral instruments and synths.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from One of the best courses on G3 !!! It's just amazing how complex this course is, I learn A LOT, thank you so much!
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This was an excellent course. The content was well explained and logical in presentation. Lots of musical examples of the principles helped to illustrate the concepts and strategies in the course.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful and Interesting I really liked this course a lot and I thought that Eli did a great a job at teaching the material. I particularly liked Eli's review of the orchestral instruments and their different articulations as well as how combining different instrument families produced different moods in the music. Thank you Eli for a good introduction to this topic .
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpfull Fantastic. Thanks Eli
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Current, Convenient, Affordable Complete and detailed explanations of theory and practice.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastic Instruction Articulate and accurate and concise. Perfect instruction. This is more an overview of orchestration which is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from good midi and notation database well presented tutorial on how to get the most out of midi,a lot of tips and tricks explained with not out of this world tools and costly sample libraries (like vienna) helped me to manipulate chris heins solo violin with my D beam just 2 minor points for me,i cant use the extras,because i work in FL Studio,and the video resolution is 4:3,but thats all,all by all nice tutorial to have
Date published: 2016-08-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Worth a Year-Subscription I learned all that stuff many years ago and I had forgotten the basics I'm afraid. This tutorial is extremely well done and go straight to the essential. Eli starts with a good refresher about all the instruments of the orchestra and then move to some very informative stuff. Nobody can cover orchestration in a few hours but Eli does quite a good job here. He does the most important thing a teacher could do: A desire for learning more. Thanks Eli.
Date published: 2016-08-10
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