Since its initial release in 1997, Paul Gilreath’s The Guide to MIDI Orchestration has been the
premiere text on creating realistic emulations of a symphony orchestra using samplers and
computer recording techniques. Recent years have seen huge advances in sampling
technology. Likewise, the demands put on the MIDI composer to produce extremely realistic
orchestral textures have never been higher. Now in its 3rd edition,
The Guide to MIDI
Orchestration
explains how to merge this ever-expanding technology with the artistry of
orchestration to produce the most lifelike recordings possible.

The book is a
hardback comprehensive text comprising over 700 pages that progresses from
an overview of orchestral history to in-depth discussions of each section of the orchestra. The
book is printed with four color process throughout.


Detailed information on each instrument’s timbre, range and uses is included. Specific
orchestration techniques are discussed, including how to use the various instruments for
accompaniment and melody, how to approach an orchestration from the ground up and how to
achieve balance and interest within the orchestration. Gilreath then shifts gears and translates
these elements into the MIDI and sampling environment, providing a clear and precise
approach that will allow the reader to employ the necessary techniques with assurance.
Chapters on studio setup and requirements, effects processing and plug-in considerations,
DAW choices and mixing guidelines highlight the text. Detailed reviews and recommendations
of orchestral libraries are included. Insightful interviews with mastering engineers Bob Katz
and Bob Ludwig provide useful, real-world knowledge that can be implemented in your work
on a daily basis.  Interviews with library developers Eric Persing, Doug Rogers, Gary Garritan
and Herb Tucmadl (among others) give the reader a look into various aspects of the
orchestral library development process as well as a glimpse of the future of the industry.

The book is written for composers, arrangers and MIDI musicians of all levels and will be
helpful to game composers, film and television composers, traditional orchestral composers,
teachers, instructors and the serious hobbyist. The Guide to MIDI Orchestration is a one-of-a-
kind text that provides the information necessary to help composers who demand the best
achieve successful and realistic MIDI orchestrations.
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