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The Guide to MIDI Orchestration

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Publisher Comments:

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. Now in its fourth 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 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. Highlights of the book include:

  • Introduction to and overview of the orchestra
  • In-depth discussions of each orchestral section
  • Detailed information on each instrument’s timbre, range and uses
  • Discussions of orchestration techniques
  • Demonstrations on how to build an orchestration from the ground up
  • Presentations on techniques for achieving balance and musical interest
  • Setup and recommendations for software and equipment
  • Details on setting up a multi-computer network for use as slave computers
  • Overview of software sampler and Digital Audio Workstation software
  • Presentation of note entry methods
  • DAW and sampler template implementation
  • Detailed steps for achieving realistic reverberation and instrument placement
  • Start to finish steps to achieve a final mix
  • Insightful interviews with top mastering engineers

Visit www.midi-orchestration.com for updates and enhanced content including PDFs of orchestral library reviews and additional written content, audio files of musical examples from the book, video demonstrations, and much more.

  • Introduction to and overview of the orchestra
  • In-depth discussions of each orchestral section
  • Detailed information on each instrument’s timbre, range and uses
  • Discussions of orchestration techniques
  • Demonstrations on how to build an orchestration from the ground up
  • Presentations on techniques for achieving balance and musical interest
  • Setup and recommendations for software and equipment
  • Details on setting up a multi-computer network for use as slave computers
  • Overview of software sampler and Digital Audio Workstation software
  • Presentation of note entry methods
  • DAW and sampler template implementation
  • Detailed steps for achieving realistic reverberation and instrument placement
  • Start to finish steps to achieve a final mix
  • Insightful interviews with top mastering engineers

Synopsis:

THE book for composers who want successful and realistic MIDI orchestrations

Synopsis:

The Guide to MIDI Orchestration is the industry premier text on creating realistic emulations of a symphony orchestra using samples and computer recording techniques.

Whether you are using synths to record a full orchestra concerto or just adding orchestral sound or an instrumental to a piece, the MIDI Guide to Orchestration is packed full of details and tips to explain the range and technique of the instruments to get the right sound, and advice on effects and placing instruments in a recording mix, to generate the real and realistic sound of being in a room with the actual orchestra.

The insightful interviews with mastering engineers Bob Katz and Bob Ludwig, and library developers Eric Persing, Gary Garritian and Heb Tucmall provide real world knowledge that you can implement into your everyday work and get a glimpse of the future of the industry. Chapters on studio set up, requirements, effects and processing and plug-in considerations help you meet the high demands put on you as a MIDI composer.

For further resources- audio clips, recordings and examples, up to date reviews and recommendations of orchestral libraries and plug-in considerations, check out the books website.

* Includes reviews, recommendations and interviews from industry hard hitters

* Provides arranging tips in the specific context of sampled instruments and computer- based software synthesizers

* Shows how to achieve the perfect orchestral mix, choose instruments and modify traditional scores to create the 'Hollywood sound'

About the Author

Paul Gilreath is an award-winning composer who creates original music in a variety of styles for video games, film, television, trailers, and broadcast advertising. Gilreath has written theme, underscore and broadcast advertising music for a wide range of clients that include NBC, CBS, Cartoon Network, ESPN, American Airlines and many others. His music has been used multiple times for the Olympic Games broadcasts on NBC and several PGA tournaments on NBC. He scored the feature film No Retreat No Surrender starring Jean Claude Van Damme, Knights of the City starring Curtis Mayfield, and Making Contact directed by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day).

clients that include NBC, CBS, Cartoon Network, ESPN, American Airlines and many others. His music has been used multiple times for the Olympic Games broadcasts on NBC and several PGA tournaments on NBC.

Table of Contents

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 Types of synthesis Using Sampled Voices The Mix Process Sync techniques Commercial Instrumentation Broken Pony Studios Interviews Achieving Specific Moods Introduction to Orchestral Libraries Piano Libraries Appendix A: Instrument Ranges Appendix B: EQ Graphic Appendix C: Resources Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780240814131
Author:
Gilreath, Paul
Publisher:
Focal Press
Editor:
Aikin, Jim
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Electronic
Subject:
Recording & Reproduction
Subject:
Electronic & Computer
Subject:
Music-Recording Techniques
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
9.69 x 7.44 in

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"Synopsis" by , THE book for composers who want successful and realistic MIDI orchestrations
"Synopsis" by , The Guide to MIDI Orchestration is the industry premier text on creating realistic emulations of a symphony orchestra using samples and computer recording techniques.

Whether you are using synths to record a full orchestra concerto or just adding orchestral sound or an instrumental to a piece, the MIDI Guide to Orchestration is packed full of details and tips to explain the range and technique of the instruments to get the right sound, and advice on effects and placing instruments in a recording mix, to generate the real and realistic sound of being in a room with the actual orchestra.

The insightful interviews with mastering engineers Bob Katz and Bob Ludwig, and library developers Eric Persing, Gary Garritian and Heb Tucmall provide real world knowledge that you can implement into your everyday work and get a glimpse of the future of the industry. Chapters on studio set up, requirements, effects and processing and plug-in considerations help you meet the high demands put on you as a MIDI composer.

For further resources- audio clips, recordings and examples, up to date reviews and recommendations of orchestral libraries and plug-in considerations, check out the books website.

* Includes reviews, recommendations and interviews from industry hard hitters

* Provides arranging tips in the specific context of sampled instruments and computer- based software synthesizers

* Shows how to achieve the perfect orchestral mix, choose instruments and modify traditional scores to create the 'Hollywood sound'

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