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How to Compose with MIDI and Virtual Instruments - New Online Course by Benjamin Botkin

BenBotkin

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Hey guys! I recently launched an online education site called Forte Composer Academy, and as one of my initial releases I have launched an online course that teaches how to set up a composing workstation, control Virtual Instruments like a pro, and create realistic and compelling music on your computer.


THINGS THAT ARE COVERED IN THIS COURSE
  • Basic Concepts and Definitions of Terms (MIDI, DAWs, Sample Libraries, Virtual Instruments, etc.)
  • What hardware you need to get started (Computers, Keyboards & Controllers, Headphones & Speakers, Audio Interfaces, etc)
  • What Software considerations you need to make to get started (Platform, DAWs, drivers, etc.)
  • How to wade through the plethora of great virtual instruments to get the best bang for your buck
  • Complete Workstation options for varying budgets
  • How to use basic DAW features and functions
  • How to use Virtual Instruments for maximum expression and realism potential
  • Virtual Orchestration basics, layering, performing, MIDI editing, composition techniques
  • Mixing and Mastering Basics
Also learn how I created this piece of music as I explain and demonstrate my composing/orchestrating/producing process from beginning to end, in (probably boring to many) detail.


This 27 lesson/13.5+ hour long video course course is intended primarily for beginning and intermediate VI-based composers, though some more advanced students may get some things out of the "composing a piece from beginning to end" section. But be sure to check out the course page to see if this course is a good fit for you, because it's not for everyone.
https://store.fortecomposeracademy.com/how-to-compose-with-midi-and-virtual-instruments

The regular price is $475, but This course is on sale for 20% off through May 25-- just use the coupon code "20PERCENTOFF" at checkout to secure the discount, which drops the total to $380.

Thanks, guys!

Ben (Forte Composer Academy)
 
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JPComposer

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You should make it clear that you need to create an account to receive free MIDI tips before people submit an email address. You should also have an unsubscribe link in your emails.
 
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BenBotkin

BenBotkin

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You should make it clear that you need to create an account to receive free MIDI tips before people submit an email address. You should also have an unsubscribe link in your emails.
Thanks for the comment, JP! I'll look into the easy unsubscribe option, but ever since the new EU rules came into effect, I can only send emails to people who actually opt into that. About a third of the people who have downloaded the 21 tips do not opt into the newsletter, so I literally cannot send them emails through my email provider.
 

handz

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Hello Ben, I am a huge fan of your music. Will you be doing some courses focused more on composing in a classical Hollywood style, cliches, favorite approaches, tricks etc done more for the ppl who not read scores like newspapers?
 
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BenBotkin

BenBotkin

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Thanks for your kind words, Handz!

I might make a course like that at some point in the future--I've had a couple requests for something similar recently. For the record, I don't actually read scores like newspapers myself either. :)

However, I do know that the late, great Peter Alexander has a course series called "Scoring Stages 1&2" that is kind of like what you are asking. I went partway through one of the courses a couple years ago and really enjoyed the material. Here is a link: https://www.alexanderpublishing.com/Products/Scoring-Stages-2--Something-From-Nothing__ScoringStages-02.aspx

I haven't taken any of Mike Verta's paid courses, but have seen a handful of his youtube videos, which are terrific. Looking at his site, he does have some smaller courses that appear to cover some film scoring techniques. Have you had a look at these? https://mikeverta.com/product-category/masterclasses/
 

erica-grace

Senior Member
First off, good luck with the course.

And, nice piece of music :)

But I have to tell you, I find it a little off putting that there is no price in the op, and also, there is no price on the page you linked to:

https://www.fortecomposeracademy.com/

Is there a reason you are not up front about how much it costs?
 
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BenBotkin

BenBotkin

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Hi Erica, thanks for your kind words! Maybe I should re-arrange my post a bit--I was hoping that most people would follow the link that goes directly to the product page, where the price is. But I guess it makes sense that a lot of people would follow the homepage link, since it comes first. I'll also put the price on the post.
 
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BenBotkin

BenBotkin

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Thanks, Dewdman! I've been using the joystick as a midi controller ever since '06 or '07. At the time my keyboard did not have a mod or pitch wheel and I couldn't afford a dedicated MIDI controller (the cheapest option was about $300 from what I recall). I did some reading around and figured out a way to send MIDI data with a regular gaming joystick and I've been using it as my MIDI controller ever since! I need to make sure that all the freeware that I'm using is still available online, but I am thinking that I will make a video/article about it at some point.
 

handz

Senior Member
Thanks for your kind words, Handz!

I might make a course like that at some point in the future--I've had a couple requests for something similar recently. For the record, I don't actually read scores like newspapers myself either. :)

However, I do know that the late, great Peter Alexander has a course series called "Scoring Stages 1&2" that is kind of like what you are asking. I went partway through one of the courses a couple years ago and really enjoyed the material. Here is a link: https://www.alexanderpublishing.com/Products/Scoring-Stages-2--Something-From-Nothing__ScoringStages-02.aspx

I haven't taken any of Mike Verta's paid courses, but have seen a handful of his youtube videos, which are terrific. Looking at his site, he does have some smaller courses that appear to cover some film scoring techniques. Have you had a look at these? https://mikeverta.com/product-category/masterclasses/

thank you for the answer, Ben, I think such a course could be really popular, as many ppl nowadays who not have classical musical education like more "straightforward" approach based on real examples. Mikes masterclasses are indeed good, I was at a few of his live classes - tons of useful info. Will check out Peters course!
 
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BenBotkin

BenBotkin

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Just bumping this thread to let everyone know that the 20% coupon code expires at 11:59PM CDT tonight, May 25th.
 

bvaughn0402

Active Member
Darn it! Missed it by a day.

Hopefully you’ll post here any new sales you have on this and I’ll grab it next time.
 
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