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MIDI Orchestration Explained® (Legacy)

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Chapter 1 : Setup

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    MIDI Orchestration Introduction

    Overview of what orchestration is and what will be covered in this video series.

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    Custom MIDI Setup

    Discover how to use Logic’s Environment to set up MIDI channel based key switching in order to alter the MIDI channel of incoming notes and trigger different MIDI channels in a multi-timbral software instrument all in real-time from the same track.

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    Traditional MIDI Setups

    See how articulation switching is achieved with traditional note based key switching in Kontakt, mod wheel based switching in the EXS24, or with the use of individual instruments.

Chapter 2 : The Solo Instruments

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    The Violin

    Discover the world of the violin, including how the instrument is tuned, and some of its various playing articulations and characteristics.

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    The Viola

    Explore the colors and characteristics of the viola, a slightly larger throatier darker sounding big brother to the violin. Hear how it sounds alone and in combination with piano and violin together.

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    Cello & Double Bass

    Learn about the cello and double bass, and how to get started writing in two and three part counterpoint style.

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    Flute, Piccolo, Oboe & English Horn

    Discover the ranges, articulations, and characteristics of the higher ranged instruments in the woodwind family.

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    Clarinets & Bassoon

    Learn about the clarinet, bass clarinet, and bassoon and get a feel for the evocative expressive nature some the combined solo woodwinds can create.

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    Trumpet & Trombones

    The regal wonders of the brass family are reveled here, first with the trumpet, and then with the trombone and bass trombone.

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    Horn & Tuba

    Discover the rich warm versatility of the French Horn and Tuba, and listen to an example of some four part brass choir writing.

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    Untuned Percussion

    Explore the world of non-pitched percussion instruments and discover how they can be used to enhance the overall dynamics and accents within your orchestrations.

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    Tuned Percussion

    See how some of the tuned instruments in the percussion family, including the timpani drums, glockenspiel, xylophone, marimba, and tubular bells can further expand your orchestrations.

Chapter 3 : Production Techniques

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    Using MIDI Expression

    Using MIDI Expression (CC 11) is useful as a means of generating dynamics while leaving the volume (CC 07) unaltered.

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    Automating the attack parameter is an effective way to generate swells and crescendos. Expression can be used creatively to construct sforzando style dynamics.

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    Learn to balance and position how close or far various instrument sections are in relation to each other using the channel strip faders and pre-fader sends for reverb.

Chapter 4 : Instrumental Sections

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    The String Section

    Explore the setup, placement and writing conventions for the string section as a whole.

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    The Woodwind Section

    Learn how the woodwind family works as a section, how to best voice harmonies and blend them with other instruments.

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    The Brass Section

    Discover the wide range of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic possibilities the brass section brings to the orchestra.

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    Straight unison or octave doubling can become heavy and grey sounding. Learn how some of the alternatives to straight doubling add variety and maintain the listeners interest.

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    Orchestral Accompaniment

    Discover some tried and true principles to use when orchestrating to accompany a soloist.

Chapter 5 : Managing MIDI

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    Macro to Micro Sequencing

    Explore ways of combining patches, and ways of splitting divisi parts over multiple individual instruments.

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    Micro Sequencing Continued

    Discover how note overlaps, release time, bender range, sustain time and region delays all influence the playback of programmed MIDI parts.

Chapter 6 : Motivic Development

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    The Glass Mirror

    Understand how to conceptualize a post modern approach to orchestration using principals of minimalism and repetition.

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    Broken Glass

    Minimalist concepts of sonic manipulation can be applied at a 'meta' level to the modern DAW by means of plug-ins and automation.

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    Deconstruction to Reconstruction

    Explore ways of expanding and elaborating on thematic material using re-harmonization, modulation, and meter change.

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    Modern Harmony

    Learn how to re-harmonize melodies using upper extensions, jazz style cadences, bass movement, pedal tones and modal style quartal movement.

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    Repetition & Retrograde Variations

    See how to use exact and sequential repetition, retrograde and inversion techniques as tools for motivic development when building orchestrations.

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    Explore more techniques of motivic development used to elaborate and vary thematic material.

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    More Thematic Development

    Learn how to use rhythmic augmentation and diminution, fragmentation, simplification and modal change as thematic development techniques.

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    Reprise & Coda

    Summary of some of the principal concepts discussed throughout the series and concluding thoughts on how to approach orchestration.

Product Overview

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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MIDI Orchestration Explained® (Legacy) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 24 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent! Thank you! Illustrative, clear, lots of examples.
Date published: 2021-03-04
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Spectacular and in Depth! I've been wanting to learn more about composing and mixing orchestral music and this was great!
Date published: 2021-02-17
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from compatibility very good educational value. a bit shame there are no midi files in resources. Looks like: Logic pro users need help with extra resources and Cubase (and others) users are creative enough so they don't need resources. MIDI files would be sufficient for all. Thanks anyway;)
Date published: 2020-08-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Instructive The vidéos are very clear and pedagogic. Thanks a lot !!
Date published: 2020-07-20
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from A bit dated but still useful I see this was created in 2011 so it is somewhat dated but still covers the basics fairly well. Being a Cubase user, the Logic asides are somewhat irrelevant but where necessary I can probably duplicate the intent. I have found several errors and omissions. One is that with the better string libraries, the lowest open note of a string instrument played in legato is (properly) never sounded with vibrato. This is because a real player can't have a finger pressing on the string to make the vibrato effect. Because the string is played open! If one wishes to create a realistic MIDI orchestration, one cannot expect the lowest note of a violin for example to have vibrato sounding in a legato note. Sounds petty but this is an important point to make. Better string libraries actually will have a single sample at this lowest pitch without any vibrato and map it to only that lowest note. Secondly, MIDI Breath Control os CC#02 NOT CC#04...
Date published: 2020-04-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Eli is the best!! His depth of knowledge is deep and wide. So many things to learn, so little time. Eli makes it all come together and going back and reviewing these videos over time really solidifies it. I usually have my daw or plugin open and experiment with his ideas as I go.
Date published: 2019-11-21
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Informative! I am really enjoying this course and though the DAW is an older version, the information is really solid. I would definitely recommend this anyone just getting started with MIDI orchestration.
Date published: 2019-10-17
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Really outdated I'm afraid... The Samples, the DAW and the workflow seem quite outdated, which is kind of a shame. Even if there's some terrific information there, this could really use an update.
Date published: 2019-02-11
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Final Destination First class course, gets you up and running out of the box, could do with a few support materials...midi, stems etc.
Date published: 2018-12-27
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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