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Orchestral Mockups

Orchestral Mockups: Pro Tips for Orchestral MIDI Sequencing

52m 49s intermediate Intermediate • 9 videos
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[/MM_Access_Decision]Having the ability to digitally create a realistic orchestral cue from instrument libraries is an essential skill for any game and film composer. Our Orchestral Mockups course dishes out tips and techniques used by pros to get MIDI to work for you, bring virtual instruments to life, mix in the third dimension, and how to stretch a game or film project budget without compromising quality. In this course you’ll gain skills that you can instantly apply to your music to dramatically improve your orchestral mockups.

Course Includes:

  • How to get MIDI to work for you
  • Picking an orchestral instrument library that fits your needs
  • Bringing your MIDI to life
  • Why the concept of mixing in 3D will instantly help your mixes
  • Pro tips for stretching a project’s budget without compromising quality
  • Templates, time-saving and organization tips

Orchestral Mockups: Part 9


Orchestral Mockups: Pro Tips for Orchestral MIDI Sequencing

Part 9 • 4m 3s beginner Beginner
Author: Chris Fitzgerald

Part 9: Adding Live Instruments

  • Tips for stretching the budget of a project by utilizing just a few key live players
  • How adding live instruments can greatly enhance a MIDI mockup
  • Course challenges

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Orchestral Mockups: Part 8


Orchestral Mockups: Pro Tips for Orchestral MIDI Sequencing

Part 8 • 7m 4s beginner Beginner
Author: Chris Fitzgerald

Part 8: Mixing In 3D

  • Concept of mixing in 3D (volume, frequency, panning)
  • Using track volume to blend instruments
  • Working with reverb aux tracks
  • Working with EQ and sculpting space for each instrument

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Orchestral Mockups: Part 7


Orchestral Mockups: Pro Tips for Orchestral MIDI Sequencing

Part 7 • 2m 41s beginner Beginner
Author: Chris Fitzgerald

Part 7: Layering Instrument Libraries

  • Benefits of layering libraries to thicken your instrument sections
  • How layering helps with creating divisi passages
  • How a lower quality, less expensive library can be a useful tool for layering
  • Layering vs. no layering examples, and organizing your layers

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Orchestral Mockups: Part 6


Orchestral Mockups: Pro Tips for Orchestral MIDI Sequencing

Part 6 • 5m 57s beginner Beginner
Author: Chris Fitzgerald

Part 6: Why Expression Is Your Secret Weapon

  • The importance of expression and how it correlates to musical phrasing
  • Expression vs. no expression comparison
  • Benefits of performing expression vs. drawing it in
  • Types of track automation (read, touch, latch)

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Orchestral Mockups: Part 5


Orchestral Mockups: Pro Tips for Orchestral MIDI Sequencing

Part 5 • 3m 34s beginner Beginner
Author: Chris Fitzgerald

Part 5: Use Orchestral Panning

  • What panning is and how to pan your tracks
  • Why panning is similar to placing your musicians on the stage
  • Orchestral seating chart for panning consideration
  • Live orchestra example

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Orchestral Mockups: Part 4


Orchestral Mockups: Pro Tips for Orchestral MIDI Sequencing

Part 4 • 6m 21s beginner Beginner
Author: Chris Fitzgerald

Part 4: Playing In Your Parts For Realism

  • The importance of the human performance element and the dangers of step-sequencing
  • Benefits of playing in individual instruments
  • Tips for performing transposing instruments in concert pitch

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Orchestral Mockups: Part 3


Orchestral Mockups: Pro Tips for Orchestral MIDI Sequencing

Part 3 • 11m 59s beginner Beginner
Author: Chris Fitzgerald

Part 3: Setting Up Templates

  • The time-saving importance of setting up templates
  • Working with multi-timbral instruments
  • Organizational tips including grouping instruments by color and setting up your template in orchestral notation order
  • Creating a reverb aux track using bussing send and receive

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Orchestral Mockups: Part 2


Orchestral Mockups: Pro Tips for Orchestral MIDI Sequencing

Part 2 • 3m 44s beginner Beginner
Author: Chris Fitzgerald

Part 2: Orchestral Instrument Libraries

  • Overview of entry-level, mid-range and high end orchestral instrument libraries
  • A discussion of more popular instrument libraries
  • Instrument libraries you may already own
  • The challenge of using instrument libraries

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Orchestral Mockups: Part 1


Orchestral Mockups: Pro Tips for Orchestral MIDI Sequencing

Part 1 • 7m 26s beginner Beginner
Author: Chris Fitzgerald

Part 1: MIDI Overview

  • What MIDI is and what MIDI isn’t
  • Bytes and bits in relation to MIDI
  • Anatomy of MIDI messages
  • Continuous controllers (volume, panning, sustain and expression)

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