Christian Artists Seminar

August 5 - August 10 2017

Midi Orchestration

Language the workshop will be taught:

We scheduled the workshop as follow:
A series of workshops in 3 days placed in shift 1 or 2 of 1 hour and 20 minutes each day.

This workshop should be placed in the following category:
Music Instruments

Maximum number of participants:

The needed artistic level of this workshop is:

The skills criteria for participants to follow this workshop are:

Participants will have learned after doing this workshop:
They will have a good understanding about what Midi Orchestration is - how it works and what you can achieve with it, with a special focus on orchestral/cinematic music. They are going to learn how to get Midi to sound realistic. I will present beginner to advanced tools and concepts for a composer/orchestrator to improve his/hers Midi Orchestration.

What materials/equipment/other things participants need to bring to be able to do this workshop: The only thing they need is a basic ability to read music, including treble and bass clef.

Other important things a participant should know to be able to do this workshop:
As mentioned earlier, it is important that participants can read music! Also, a basic knowledge of what Midi is and some experience in working with a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) is useful.

Describe clearly the content of this workshop:
In this workshop I am going to go through the steps of creating a track from the beginning, through to a finished piece. More specifically:

  • I am going to break down one of my own compositions (of a cinematic and orchestral character) in the elements by which it is comprised.
  • I will use the piano to present the musical material that was used to create the composition, that is, how it sounds before the orchestration process begins.
  • Then I will show how different parts were orchestrated, without any special focus, at this point, on how to enhance realism.
  • Finally, I will present techniques one can use to make it sound real, that is, how to use Midi and sample libraries to create the sound of a real orchestra!