Orchestration- on your computer

After studying an overview of the¬†technologies available to today’s musician with Berklee Online, I decided that I wanted to be able to make my orchestral compositions sound somewhat real without having to record a live orchestra. Also- I wanted to be able to plug the notes of an aria accompaniment into Logic, sing on top of it, and have a viable YouTube video. So, I enrolled in¬†Orchestration with Berklee Online.

Yes, I’ve studied instruments and classical orchestration before- several times. But I never learned how to apply it to MIDI projects. I purchased the EastWest Gold Library of orchestral samples, and learned how to apply them to musical notation, until an almost realistic recreation of a live orchestra is heard. This is so amazing! I hadn’t fully realized the power of technology, and the implications that it will have in classical music, until I took this course.

Here’s what I mocked-up for my final project: (note- this isn’t perfect, yet. There’s still ORCH2, and a life ahead for learning)

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