The Guide to MIDI Orchestration 4e

The Guide to MIDI Orchestration 4e

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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


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Product details

  • Hardback | 582 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 36.07mm | 1,610g
  • Focal Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4th ed.
  • 300 Illustrations, black and white
  • 0240814134
  • 9780240814131
  • 172,123

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
Achieving Specific Moods
Introduction to Orchestral Libraries
Piano Libraries
Appendix A: Instrument Ranges
Appendix B: EQ Graphic
Appendix C: Resources
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About Paul Gilreath

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).
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