1. ChrisSiuMusic

    6 Steps to Creating Your First Album!

    Hey everyone! Creating and producing your own album from start to finish is a labour of love and commitment, but it can also be overwhelming if you haven't done it before, or still daunting if you're a veteran. In today's video, I'd like to share what I've learned from producing my own album...
  2. Symphonova Stem Service

    Hybrid Production Transformed: Symphonova Stem-Production Software Service

    We are very excited to announce the launch of our new service for producing orchestral stems. Our method is similar to conventional hybrid stem production (musician + ‘mock-up’), except you don’t need to spend hours manually adding expression. Instead, our intelligent software captures the...
  3. nuyo

    Orchestrating Trombones and Horns

    After experimenting a lot with Brass orchestration in hybrid arrangements, I have the feeling that the brass section fits more with the rest of the other instruments if I let the Bones and the Horns play every 2nd note. If you have a simple A Minor Triade The Horns get the E and A and the Bones...
  4. S

    Brass played 'into stand'

    Is anyone able to direct me to an example of brass being played 'into stand'? I'm considering using it in my orchestration but I want to make sure that it's the sound I want.
  5. Timothy Schmidt

    Chopin's Ballade No. 1 for Orchestra (NotePerformer+BBCSO)

    Hey all! Chopin's Ballade No. 1 in G Minor is probably my all-time favorite piano piece, and I've thought for years that it'd make a great orchestra work. I took an orchestration class in the spring, and an assignment in that finally forced me to start this significant undertaking. Finally...
  6. N

    Basic advice for using parallel compression in an orchestral mix?

    Heya all, I’m aware of that other thread about parallel compression in orchestral music, but mine is a different question that doesn’t really get answered there, so I thought I’d post this here rather than add another reply to that thread. Hope that’s all right. In short, I want to use...
  7. nuyo

    How to write big chords like this:

    How to write big chords like this: I can clearly hear horns but no trombones or a lot of low brass. Also choir and strings. If there are big brass chords with the whole brass section, the only instruments that play in the f range are the horns. And you ofthen hear people say that lower...
  8. S

    Large Orchestral Manuscript Paper

    Is anyone able to tell me where I can find manuscript paper that looks like the sheet attached (in that it has around 36 staves per page and is laid out for orchestra)? The best I can find either has less than 30 staves per page or is simply just the staves (without any instrument names or clefs...
  9. LinearZero

    Mono/stereo orchestral samples: when to use what?

    Hi all Noob question here, I generally compose and arrange orchestral and cinematic music using libraries such Berlin Inspire and Metropolis Ark. I know that when composing many contemporary styles of music certain instruments/percussion are recorded in mono and others in stereo e.g a kick or...
  10. Timothy Schmidt

    RESONATE (Orchestral Album)

    Hi everyone! Today I released RESONATE, a collection of hybrid orchestral pieces exploring the intensity that develops from a combination of irregular rhythms and rhythmic layering. Neither trailer tracks nor cinematic cues, these works are simply experiments with various fundamental musical...
  11. J

    Looking for Small Ensemble Orchestra

    Hi there everyone ! I'm looking for a Small Ensemble Orchestral Library for adventurous video game music ! For sound references, I really like the sound of the "Ni No Kuni II : Revenant Kingdom" OST (Link) (BTS video with Joe Hisaishi (Link)) or some of the Hollow Knight soundtrack (Link) I was...
  12. Voider

    Voider - Liontech Plaza [Futuristic Epic Hybrid Composition]

    I've been working on this one for quite a while and I'm pretty happy to finally share it with you and the world! I hope you enjoy the newest story from Mega City 6. "Airships appear above Liontech Plaza, the big synthetic park in front of the Liontech corporation's tower. Even through all the...
  13. G

    First orchestral library purchase decision

    Hi! I'm trying to decide which orchestral library to start. There is the Spitfire spring sale going on right now, and I'm thinking about the BBCSO but I'm not sure what to do. I'm not new to orchestration, I have studied it and scored more than a few songs. I would like a library that I can...
  14. Voider

    Orchestral mixing - 3 different reverbs vs. 1 reverb for everything

    Hey fellow composers! A topic that has been discussed here many times, but I have some specific questions and would like to structure this pretty clear. My usual approach when mixing a composition with enough orchestral instruments isto treat it like a "real orchestra", is to set up a close, mid...
  15. Rasoul Morteza

    Would a YouTube Video Series on this Interest you?

    Hi folks, After a millennium of postponing my YouTube project, I've finally decided to start one with perhaps a series of videos on orchestral music in Ambisonics (HOA specifically); therefore the idea primarily concerns writing and production techniques when using orchestral samples for...
  16. FredericBernard

    Underwater Wonderscapes - Live Recording feat. Budapest Scoring

    Hey folks, Within the quarantine I found the time to work-out on a new piece for live orchestra (based on an piano solo piece of mine), which we recorded in Budapest. If you should be interested in the printed score let me know, so I'll drop it in this thread. Feedback (as always) much...
  17. reborn579

    My first big orchestral brass work

    hi guys! here's a track from my new album i've just released - 'humanity'. it's one of the first songs i write which features a big brass part: horns, trombones, tubas and even some trumpets. i'm curious what you guys think :) (the brass comes in around the 0:30 mark)
  18. jrrshop

    50% off EastWest

    50% off EastWest: https://www.jrrshop.com/eastwest?dir=asc&order=name EastWest Fab Four $149.50 EastWest Ghostwriter $149.50 EastWest Goliath $149.50 EastWest Gypsy $149.50 EastWest Hollywood Backup Singers $149.50 EastWest Hollywood Brass Diamond $149.50 EastWest Hollywood Brass Gold $99.50...
  19. Pecchan

    My custom String Library - presentation video

    Hello! Here is presentation video of how we put together a custom sample instrument "Bethany" made from the strings of Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. The instrument is a playable texture-generator with randomized aleatoric elements. Bethany is not for sale - this is not an advertisement but...
  20. Voider

    Reverb on each track vs. Reverb groups

    Fellow composers, how do you approach reverb especially in productions that have orchestra parts in it but aren't classical, e.g. hybrid stuff or cinematic music. Do you find it better to group instruments into the same reverb (for instance based on their distance to the listener) for a more...
  21. D

    Help with orchestra chords.

    Hallo guys Im new to the orchestral (cinematic music) Im pianist and i have a good knowledge with chords, But when it comes to strings i use the chords the same way i use them in piano example below, and i always use ensemble patches for chords (css 2 for example) Is this the right way to use...
  22. V

    Feedback on first "serious" virtual orchestration

    Hi Everyone, I recently finished my first serious virtual orchestration. I have worked with MIDI before, but this is my first attempt at making a mockup of a (full) piece that I wrote for live orchestra. There's a lot that I think can be improved, but after dealing with many bugs and losing a...
  23. T

    Help/resources/tips on manually tuning the orchestra to be more realistic and sonorous?

    Heya, I've known about the idea that the orchestra or other ensembles (string quartet for example) uses different tunings for different pitches/intervals depending on keys and chords, but I've so many other more important things to worry about I've never bothered with it. But now I feel like it...
  24. gamersensual14

    Best library for me?! (Intermediate)

    Hi everyone! Just discovered this forum and I'm finding it very useful! This is my first post ever! :dancer: I'm not a complete newbie in music, but not a professional either. I just started with orchestra composition (through the Evenant course CM1) and I want some guide on what libraries to...
  25. Alfeus Aditya

    Somewhere In My Memory (John Williams)

    This is a piano cover that I made with the orchestra from EWHO, what do you think, I still really like the sound of HWO, especially the strings. Many thanks
  26. ChrisSiuMusic

    Performance Samples VOYAGE - Discussion!

  27. Aleela

    How to make MIDI sound real

    Hi! Can you please recommend some video tutorials (on youtube, free, or paid) that explain how to make MIDI sound real? Especially for orchestral and piano sounds. Thanks a lot!
  28. Aleela

    Template Building

    Can you please recommend me some videos or courses (free or paid) that explain in detail how to build an orchestral template, routing etc.? I use Cubase 10.5 and Spitfire Symphonic Orchestra plus some pianos and synths like Omnisphere, Zebra and Diva. Thanks
  29. P

    CLOSED SOLD Native Instruments Komplete Select 13 For Sale Includes Massive | The Gentleman Piano + more

    Got a SS61 MK2 KK keyboard, and as I already have all the products I am selling my Select 13 License - Never Registered . Take a look here for all the instruments and EFX included - https://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/bundles/komplete-13-select/ Will accept £85 over...
  30. ChrisSiuMusic

    Writing a Disney style piece from start to finish!

    Hey everyone! I'm so excited to share this video with you, where we'll go behind the scenes of how I composed my piece 'Tranquility', and show you every musical idea that comes to mind as I compose. Please enjoy, and let me know if you have any thoughts or questions!
  31. dman007

    Has anyone used The Orchestra ?

    Has anyone used The Orchestra vst instrument? Has anyone had any paid projects using it (film, tv, library work) ? How do the samples compare with other libraries?
  32. M_Helder

    SWAM Violin license

    Hi, I am currently in the process of cleaning the shop , trying to sell off the instruments that I don't really use anymore. - SWAM Violin license - 99$ (via PayPal). Current price is at 129$. You get a full license via official Audio Modelling account. Here is the info from support: The...
  33. pixelcrave

    One of my first orchestra comps (using Nucleus, Jaeger mainly) - feedbacks?

    Hi everyone I'm a beginner / hobbyist who only started playing around with composition earlier this year (due to covid lockdown). I only play piano, but am not classically trained. I have no formal music education nor I can read notes fast to play. I've been playing around with orchestral type...
  34. Navid Lancaster

    My latest rescore composition via The Cue Tube

    Hi everyone here is my latest rescore composition. The video comes from The Cue Tube. The Cue Tube is a resource for composers, who can find free videos to rescore and build a portfolio and professional network, and a place for filmmakers to find great composers for their projects. I really...
  35. S

    How much do you EQ your reverbs for orchestral music?

    I'd be interested to know! I use EW Spaces, and (using the built-in filters) have a 10khz HPF on every instance (seating positions AND hall, to help smooth out the sound), as well as a 120-130hz LPF to stop things from getting too muddy. Is it wise to go even further than this? It's very easy...
  36. nuyo

    Drastic Panning the Orchestra ?

    Why do people say you shouldn't pan Orchestral sample libraries ? I know they are "pre panned" but in our stereo we can pan things much further to get a clear and defined sound. Or is it the realism aspect ? I don't think anybody would listen to a well sounding cue and be like: "Man that cue...
  37. brandowalk

    Tribute to Ennio Morricone (StaffPad, Piano in Blue)

    Here is a recent tribute to the late, great Ennio Morricone produced in StaffPad. (Exception being the piano sounds, performed using Piano in Blue). This is the "music video" version. A link to the "conductor score" version can be found in the YouTube description. Hope you enjoy! Brandon...
  38. Secret Soundworks

    "Distress Call" (Epic Sci-fi Hybrid Sound Design Emotional Piece)

    Made a little hybrid synth orchestral sound design cinematic piece, hope you enjoy it! (image used is from the movie Oblivion, which by the way has a great soundtrack too!)
  39. ChrisSiuMusic

    Reacting to Thomas Bergersen’s Newest Album Humanity

    Okay, so this album is awesome haha
  40. ChrisSiuMusic

    A Guide To Traditional Chinese Instruments: A Video Essay

    Hi everyone! In this video, I wanted to take a deeper look into the traditional Chinese instruments heard in many pieces and film scores. I hope you learn and discover something from this presentation! ►► Download the slides for free! Click here → https://cutt.ly/ByVFUHU
  41. D

    Can someone tell me which drums these are?

    I'm looking to re-create this kind of music. Can someone help me?
  42. ChrisSiuMusic

    Internal Resolve - Inspired by Ip Man

    Hello my friends! As you may or may not know, I am an avid fan of the Ip Man film franchise, which follows a kung fu master throughout his life, displaying his bravery, standing up for what is right, and overcoming adversity. I was inspired to write a theme based on the main Ip Man theme...
  43. dman007

    Reverbs for film/tv orchestral mock-up and works

    What reverbs do you recommend and/or use for film / tv orchestral music ? Any thoughts on: UAD Ocean Way Studios UAD Lexicon 480L Valhalla Vintage Verb Perfect Room Pheonix Verb Any others? Looking to get room sound, that space and sense of distance Would like to know people's...
  44. M

    What orchestral templates cover and how to arrange it?

    Hi everyone, i'm quite new in here, probably my first post. I was searching for the most suitable orchestral template for my workflow (Cubase 10 Artist + MBP 2015 16gigs ram and i7) but probably heavy load of samples or something else, quite staggering to work. I mostly use Spitfire Symphony...
  45. 8Dio Productions

    8Dio Early Leap Year Sale 40% off all products.

    8Dio Early Leap Year Sale 40% Off All Products.
  46. fahl5

    Poll: Orchestra-Samplelibraries, are you ready for Beethoven?!

    In preparation for a Beethoven project, I did the as short as brilliant Prometheus Overture op43 with 11 different sample orchestras and would like to hear and - if you like - also to discuss your opinion about which sound is best suited for Beethoven's music. To allow an unbiased musical...
  47. gohrev

    Stuck with thinking in A-B-A patterns of four to eight bars each

    Hi everyone, I can't seem to get my brain to think outside the box, or.. bar. Classic patterns are deeply engrained in my compositions, which means most of my music follows sonata or rondeau forms. Eight bars A, eight bars B, eight bars A again (with small variations in orchestration). I would...
  48. 8Dio Productions

    ✨ Blendstrument + Century Strings Flash Sale 48H Left ✨

    Blendstrument Bundle Flash Sale Sale Ends: 01/16 11 AM PST The Blendstrument is a deep creative environment that gives you the ability to create an entirely new instrument with a single click of a button. The Blendstrument has an infinite amount of combinations and can never produce the same...
  49. filipjonathan

    Orchestra reverb

    Hey guys! A quick question. When you're using an aux reverb with your sampled orchestra, how do you eq the verb? Do you cut everything below 100Hz? 80? 50? I would normally cut everything below 300Hz when mixing pop music but since I'm new to the orchestral stuff, I wasn't sure if you actually...
  50. Bluemount Score

    Walking with Dinosaurs - Soundtrack by Benjamin Bartlett (1999)

    I think this is an absolutely extraordinary soundtrack that brings back so many childhood memories. Glad that I found it again. No intentions to provoke even more BBC discussions in this forum :P
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