CHAPTER EXAMPLES
GUIDE TO MIDI ORCHESTRATION, 3rd edition
TABLE OF CONTENTS
    • Introduction to the Orchestra
    • The String Section
    • The Woodwind Section
    • The Brass Section
    • The Percussion Section
    • The Harp and Piano
    • Orchestration Basics
    • How to Begin
    • Introduction to Sequencing
    • Sequencing Techniques for Strings
    • Sequencing Techniques for Woodwinds
    • Sequencing Techniques for Brass
    • Sequencing Techniques for Percussion
    • Sequencing Techniques for Harp and Piano
    • Creating Tempo Changes
    • In Search of a Hall
    • Effects Plug-Ins
    • Software Samplers
    • Using Sampled Voices
    • The Mix Process
    • Broken Pony Studios
    • Interviews
    • Achieving Specific Moods
    • Introduction to Orchestral Libraries
    • Orchestral Libraries
    • Piano Libraries
    • Appendix A: Instrument Ranges
    • Appendix B: EQ Graphic
    • Appendix C: Resources
    • Index

ORCHESTRATION BASICS and ADVANCED TECHNIQUES
A substantial amount of the book is dedicated to the basics of orchestration including chord spacing, chordal treatments, how to approach doublings, voice leading, tonal balancing etc. There are also chapters on more advanced orchestration concepts such as how to use specific instruments for melody and accompaniment, how to balance the melodic instrument with the accompaniment instruments, orchestrating as part of the composition, the three elements of orchestral compositions and how to work with them, and much more.


SOFTWARE CONFIGURATION
There are chapters describing how to configure your DAW/notation software as well as your samplers. Template design is discussed in detail as is the process of transferring MIDI files to and from notation and DAW programs to produce the best results possible.


SECTION BY SECTION
There are chapters on each section-- strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and harp/piano.Each instrument in each section is presented in detail with color photographs, the ranges and timbre characteristics within different parts of the range. There is information on how to use each instrument in an orchestral setting, phrasing, vibrato usage the various articulations, etc.


SEQUENCING TECHNIQUES
Sequencing techniques for each section are then presented in individual chapters.Information is included on how to make your lines sound more natural and your virtual instruments more real. Notated examples as well as screen shots of DAW and software samplers are presented to enhance the learning process.


INTERVIEWS AND STUDIO SETUP
There are over 40 pages of in-depth interviews with industry heavy hitters including Eric Persing, Gary Garritan, Doug Rogers, Maarten Spruijt, Jeremy Soule, Robert Kral and Herb Tucmandl. These individuals offer candid and often surprising answers to tough questions about the current and future state of sampling technology, the composition and orchestration process using MIDI and samples and much more. Interviews with mastering engineers Bob Katz, Bob Ludwig, Patricia Sullivan Fourstar provide the reader with information that can be use to make your final product sound cleaner, fuller, larger and more professional.

Paul presents an in-depth look at his personal studio and current setup. He shares the ideas that he and studio designer John Storyk came up with to make Broken Pony Studios a fulfilling environment to work in and what you can do to increase the accuracy of your recording space.


EQUIPMENT and STUDIO SOLUTIONS
There is extensive information presented on equipment choices and studio setups. Wiring diagrams for various hardware and software solutions are presented and many difficult concepts are explained and clarified such as the use of Word clock, how to best interface software and hardware, what to look for and more specifically how to purchase an appropriate music computer and much more. Mixers, soundcards, MIDI control surfaces, MIDI interfaces, monitors and a number of other setup essentials are explained.


PLUG-INS AND SOFTWARE SAMPLERS
Chapters on effects plug-ins and software samplers throughly explain this important software, how to choose the appropriate products and how to use them in a logical and successful manner. Convolution plug-ins are explained and the manner in which they are used in MIDI orchestration is presented. There is also extensive information on how to create a traditional "hall" sound, as well as the "Hollywood" sound. Every major software sampler is included in the Software Samplers chapter with the major differences and similarities explained.


LIBRARY AND PLUG-IN REVIEWS AND IMPLEMENTATION INFORMATION
The book includes reviews of virtually every major orchestral and piano library that was available at the time of writing. Garritan GPO and Strings, VSL, EWQLSO, Sonic Implants, and many more--- they're all included. In total, over 140 pages of in-depth reviews and helpful techniques to give you an upper hand when using them. The Guide to MIDI Orchestration is the only source available for implementing all of these libraries into your compositions.


 

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