Sampled Orchestration
In A Weekend

$170 $112

Sampled Orchestration in a Weekend will show you how to create realistic, uplifting and impressive music from sampled instruments.

Whether you are working in Logic, Cubase or any other DAW, this course will unlock the techniques used by top working composers and song-writers. Join award-winning film and games composer Guy Michelmore as he explains how to use the cutting edge technologies available to every composer and songwriter, to bring your music to life.

  • Make your sampled instruments sound more realistic.
  • Get the most out of limited resources.
  • Tutorials and examples in Logic and Cubase, Kontakt and Play
  • Insider tips and tricks learnt from hundreds of A list film, TV and games scoring projects.
  • Over 10 hours of entertaining, to the point and effective video tutorials.

Struggling to make your samples sound realistic? Or are you trying to make the most with limited RAM? Guy Michelmore gives you the professional, working composer’s guide to writing with samples.

Tutorials In Cubase 9…

…Logic Pro X…

…Or, whatever DAW you use, the concepts still apply!

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Course Content

What Will I Learn?

First, watch the detailed show-how videos explain a key concept like use of multiple controllers, layering or articulation switching. Then watch live scoring examples as we bring all those techniques together. We will show you examples in both Logic and Cubase, but the techniques can be applied to any DAW. Finally download the DAW file or MIDI and see exactly how it was done.

  • How to breathe life into your sampled orchestrations so they don’t sound flat and artificial.
  • Techniques for getting the best results from inexpensive libraries.
  • Understand how sampling technology works so you can get the most out of limited computer resources.
  • For power users, advanced techniques, alternative ways of working you probably hadn’t considered, using slaves, why ditching the template might sometimes be a good thing.

Included In This Course…

  • Tutorials and examples in Logic and Cubase, Kontakt and Play.
  • 10 hours of entertaining, to the point and effective video tutorials.
  • Example files to download in MIDI, Logic and Cubase format.
  • Comprehensive companion course text.
Available downloads:

10 hours of video tutorials!

Course Structure

  • 01 - Introduction:

    A route map of the journey ahead and a demonstration of how the whole thing works

  • 02 - Hardware and software:

    What you need, what you can get away with and how to maximise your resources. Choice of DAW and sample player. A short introduction to the two big platforms in the sampled world – Kontakt and Play.

  • 03 - Multiple Articulations:

    How to use multiple articulations to create a lifelike performance plus a variety of approaches to changing articulations including a look at Expression Maps and Articulation IDs.

  • 04 - Controllers:

    CC’s (Continuous Controllers) are your link to the virtual musician and in this unit we show you how they work, how to use them and why they are vital.

  • 05 - Layering and Blending:

    Mixing and matching samples creates an almost limitless variety of sounds, breathes new potential into older and cheaper libraries and adds expression and realism.

  • 06 - Reverb and Room Placement:

    How to get all your virtual instruments to sound as if they’re all sitting in the correct place in the same room.

  • 07 - Legato:

    How and when to use legato samples, their potential and their limitations.

  • 08 – Realtime Performance Samples:

    How samples of musical events like crescendos and runs can breathe new life into your music and how best to use them.

  • 09 – Dynamics:

    One of the hardest things to get right. Different approaches to controlling both volume and timbre so your virtual orchestra plays with the expression and passion of live players.

  • 10 - Surround Sound:

    How to get sampled instruments into a surround recording setup and why 4.0 is probably a better solution than 5.1.

I am enjoying the scoring demonstration since I have never actually watched anyone compose a theme using a full orchestra. It’s very enlightening.

-Wesley Dinwiddie
ThinkSpace Student

Your instruction videos are very inspiring. The way you address issues is always clear and sometimes hilarious, as you show also your own clumsiness when trying to find an interesting melody or chord progression.

-Tjeu Geelen
ThinkSpace Student

Course Tutor

Guy Michelmore is a multi award-winning film, games and television composer whose clients include Marvel, Disney, Dreamworks, Lionsgate and dozens of major TV networks around the world. He’s best known for his work with Marvel on eight animated feature films including Ultimate Avengers and Thor, as well as hundreds of episodes of television including Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Iron Man: Armoured Adventures, Hulk and many more. He is renowned for his speed of working and this course gives you an insight not only into his compositional template but also his workflow.

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Sampled Orchestration
In A Weekend
$170 $112

  • Make your sampled instruments sound more realistic.
  • Get the most out of limited resources.
  • Tutorials and examples in Logic and Cubase, Kontakt and Play.
  • Example files to download in MIDI, Logic and Cubase format.

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  • Internet Access

    You need access to a reliable broadband internet connection to stream the course materials, preferably 5Mb/s or better. We need an active email address that can receive emails from us. Course materials are mostly streamed.

  • Computer

    You’ll need a fairly capable machine to match Guy’s set up. At least a quad-core computer with 16GBs of RAM. The techniques are still transferrable to any modern machine however, so as long as your processor is up to scratch, your only limit to how many instruments you can load is how much RAM you have installed.

  • Software

    You’ll need the latest digital audio workstation (DAW) that you are able to mix in. We would recommend: Cubase 8, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Digital Performer 9, Reaper, FL Studio 12 and Ableton Live. You’ll also need a collection of sample libraries and sampler; we highly recommend Kontakt, Play and for larger set ups Vienna Ensemble Pro.

  • Musical Knowledge

    You don’t need to be able to read music to take the course, as long as you have a reasonable understanding of how instruments interact with each other within the orchestra you’re good to go!

  • Time

    The video material totals at over 10 hours, however you can watch them in whatever sitting suits you best.

  • Downloadable Materials

    Downloadable course materials are only enabled after the money-back guarantee has either been waived or expired (30 days after purchase).

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