Film Scoring

Drum Groove Production with Logic Pro X

14m 36s intermediate Intermediate
Author: Chris Fitzgerald

As composers, we all want the big orchestral score project, but it's crucial to be able to write for a variety of genres and ensembles, including the drumset. Especially with projects that are limited in budget, calling in a live drummer to record may not be possible. This tutorial explores the features of Logic Pro X's Drum Designer, an easy-to-use, sophisticated tool to produce solid drum tracks even if you have minimal sequencing and mixing experience.

Exploring Subtractive Synthesis

14m 19s intermediate Intermediate
Author: Chris Fitzgerald

In subtractive synthesis, filters are used to sculpt the timbral quality of a sound. This tutorial explores the capabilities of Reason's Subtractor, touching on oscillators, filters, envelopes and LFOs. Though the Subtractor is the focal point, the principles discussed apply to all subtractive synths, and to virtual instrument plug-ins in general.

Overcoming Creative Anxiety

9m 47s beginner Beginner
Author: Jacob Pernell

Everyone feels stuck at some point in their creative work – even the pros! It’s normal, but creative anxiety and writer’s block don’t have to stop you completely in your tracks. This tutorial covers some tips and tricks that can help you move through creative anxiety the next time you run into it.

Creative & Practical Applications of Convolution Reverb

24m 44s intermediate Intermediate
Author: Chris Fitzgerald

Convolution reverb is a sophisticated hybrid of physical and synthesized reverberation. It takes a sampled space (or impulse response) and simulates audio tracks interacting with the space, creating lush, high quality reverb. In this tutorial we walk through many different uses for convolution reverb, from typical mixing scenarios, to creative and outlandish sound design applications.

Film Cue Orchestration Analysis

5m 25s beginner Beginner
Author: Juan Carlos Enriquez

Juan Carlos Enriquez breaks down the orchestral elements in a Pro Tools session from one of his cues to Extraction Point.

The Art of Film Scoring

The Art of Film Scoring

3h 32m beginner Beginner • 6 videos
Author: Chris Fitzgerald

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The Art of Film Scoring is a 6-part primer into the technical and psychological aspects of film composition. Through the course we cover film music history, thematic analysis, music theory and composition, technical aspects of film scoring, and self promotion tips including resources for website creation and audio and film publishing. No prior film scoring experience is necessary. Students are recommended to own or have access to a computer with MIDI sequencing and audio recording software to complete the course challenges.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Intelligently analyze the function of music in film
  • Spot the differences between score and diegetic music
  • Work with the technical and psychological aspects of film scoring to compose your own film music
  • Promote yourself as a film composer

Technical Aspects of Film Scoring: Logic

COURSE 1h 58m intermediate Intermediate • 3 videos
Author: Chris Fitzgerald

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Used by Coldplay, T-Pain, Foster The People, and The Killers, Logic is a music production powerhouse. It’s also more accessible than ever with the new Logic Pro X release from Apple priced at $199. Logic has powerful film scoring features, including video syncing, SMPTE time code support, variable frame rate, and a complex tempo calculation tool. No prior film scoring experience is necessary. Students are recommended to own or have access to a computer with MIDI sequencing and audio recording software to complete the course challenges.

Technical Aspects of Film Scoring: Digital Performer

COURSE 1h 54m intermediate Intermediate • 5 videos
Author: Chris Fitzgerald

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Digital Performer is arguably the standard music creation platform for film scoring. In use by many A-list Hollywood composers (including Michael Giacchino, Howard Shore and Danny Elfman), DP has rock-solid video syncing capabilities, and boasts many other unique features like punches & streamers to video, a multi-sequence “chunk” window allowing for total cue management in one file, and more. No prior film scoring experience is necessary. Students are recommended to own or have access to a computer with MIDI sequencing and audio recording software to complete the course challenges.

Multi Instruments in Logic Pro 9

4m 59s advanced Advanced
Author: Andy Forsberg

When working on a big project, efficiency is essential. With multi-output instrument templates you can increase your workflow speed. This tutorial covers MIDI and audio routing for multi-instruments in Logic Pro 9.

Behind the Scenes of a Film Score MIDI Mockup

1h 12m intermediate Intermediate
Author: Chris Fitzgerald

Being able to deliver a realistic-sounding, orchestral MIDI mockup is a critical skill to have, in order to stand out from the crowd as a film composer. Whether it's a mockup to give the director the gist of a cue before going to the recording stage, or the end product in itself, a full-scale orchestral cue can be done 100% "in the box". In this webinar we dissect an orchestral mockup.