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Orchestration Masterclass, Part 3: Lines and Doublings

Every aspect of composing for the orchestra whether you are working with real players or sampled orchestra libraries.
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What you are going to learn

It's time to learn orchestration to give your music the power and the passion that it deserves. 

Orchestration is the study of each instrument in the orchestra, how they work, how to write for them, and how each instrument collides with the others to make new sounds. Think of it like painting: The orchestra is your palette of colors. But you don't want to just mix them all together. You need to understand some principles of mixing those colors together before you put your brush on canvas. 
In this series of classes we are going to work on three things: 
  • Instrumentation: Knowing how all of the instruments in the orchestra work, and how to write for them in an idiomatic way.
  • Composition: Using the orchestra to write powerful music. Learning how to blend the different sounds of the orchestra to make a new, unique, sound. 
  • Synthestration: Using common production software (Ableton Live, FL Studio, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Cubase, etc.) to create a realistic orchestra sound using sample libraries. 

In this class, "Part 3: Lines and Doubling" we are going to focus on building out our orchestration using "doublings" and other techniques to make a rich, full, sound. We are going to focus on each instrument's "envelope" to help us discover how to blend instruments to create the colors that we want out of our orchestra.

Dr. J. Anthony Allen

Music PhD, Producer, Composer, Instructor, Professor, Author, & Ableton Certified Trainer. 
Dr. Allen is a professional musician, top-rated online instructor, and university professor. In 2017 the Star Tribune featured him as a "Mover and a Shaker," and he is recognized by the Grammy Foundation for his music education classes. He currently teaches at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN, Slam Academy, and Punkademic Courses.

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