MusicWorks Guide to MIDI OrchestrationItem ID: MidiOrchBook
Comprehensive Guide Detailing the Art of Orchestration As It Applies to Desktop Music. Hardbound Book.
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Learn How to Orchestrate from an ExpertSince 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 4th 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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Reviewsbased on 2 reviews
great book to add to the library
by josh from syracuse, NYthis book really goes into detail if you are trying to create an orchestra feel in your music or score. it teaches you what instruments to use to set different moods, and how to create the most reali... read more [+]stic feel with the library you are using. i learned alot from this book. and if your unfamiliar with the different types of libraries out there, it shows you the different kinds of products that are on the market that pros use. close [-]
November 28, 2009
Music Background: student
Midi Orchestration text excellent!
by Danny Martin from Dallas, Texas areaThis is an excellent tool for getting an overall view of the art of writing for the midi orchestra. This is no whimy paperback. It's a beautifully bound expose of grand porportion.
August 9, 2012
Music Background: masters in music composition, recording engineer, midi accompaniments
... read more [+]The author takes pains in illuminating "why" certain techniques sound best and others clunky. Well worth the money. close [-]
Christopher , Sasvannah, GA