MusicWorks Atlanta is now shipping their updated reference for creating maximum orchestral realism with today's technology
Since its initial release in 1997, there have been 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 3rd 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. The Guide to MIDI Orchestration includes orchestration techniques and how to implement them into the MIDI environment, helping composers achieve successful and realistic MIDI orchestrations.
Detailed information on each instruments 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 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. Included are detailed reviews and recommendations of the major orchestral libraries. Interviews with industry heavyweights including mastering engineers Bob Katz and Bob Ludwig, library developers Eric Persing, Doug Rogers, Gary Garritan and Herb Tucmadl, and many working composers provide useful, real- world knowledge that can be implemented into your work on a daily basis.
Now Shipping The Guide to MIDI Orchestration is available in full four-color process hardcover (703 pages) for $69.95 (USD) MSRP.