The Guide to MIDI Orchestration

The Guide to MIDI Orchestration

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By (author) Paul Gilreath

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  • Publisher: Focal Press
  • Format: Hardback | 608 pages
  • Dimensions: 193mm x 236mm x 36mm | 1,474g
  • Publication date: 4 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0240814134
  • ISBN 13: 9780240814131
  • Edition: 4, Revised
  • Edition statement: 4th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 300 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 166,230

Product description

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.focalpress.com/cw/gilreath-9780240814131/ 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.

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Author information

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).

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