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Arranging Reaper Sibelius

Music Soundtrack Example

I’ve put together another video on YouTube. This one is focused on the music, not the video.

The music is an original composition for potential use as background music to a video — a soundtrack.

For the sounds used, I used instruments from Komplte 8 Ultimate. There are 2 Massive tracks (Blue in Grey and Found Objects). There are 2 Evolve Mutations 2 tracks (Aqueous Slammerz and Fartherest Star Menu) as well as Violins and Cellos using the animator feature of Sessions Strings Pro (pop 3 & 4) and a solo violin patch.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WVWJOeynzI]

The original composition was put together in Sibelius 7. The melodic elements are based on a 12 tone row. The percussive elements (the mutations tracks in particular) are based on rhythmic figures.

The score was transferred to Reaper DAW via MIDI. The sounds were rendered from the above mentioned instruments.

Your comments, either here or on YouTube are welcomed.

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Arranging Reaper Sibelius

From arrangement to recording

After considerable difficulty with video cap and editing software, I’ve finally gotten two new videos done.

I decided to make an arrangement. I did it in Sibelius 7 and Reaper. The first video shows the process of making the arrangement. This arrangement was for violin, cello, piano, guitar, bass and drums.

The 2nd video shows taking the MIDI from Sibelius and putting it into Reaper DAW and making a recording.

I welcome your comments and questions, either here or on Youtube.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yKV-GI-5KA?hl=en&fs=1]

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dkjmHCHDzg?hl=en&fs=1]

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Arranging General Piano Lessons

Introduction to Chords, part 6

Another in our Introduction to Chords video series is now on YouTube.

This video takes a look at chord progressions – the flow of chords from one type to the other.

Comments and more importantly, suggestions for future videos are welcome.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNqpv3Q6_eM?hl=en&fs=1]

Enjoy the series.

 

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Arranging General Website News

New additions to the catalog

Some new mp3 instrumentals have been added to the music catalog at http://www.jamesgilbertmusic.com/catalog.php

The two new title are Leoni in Africa and Sweet Feel.

The first is a blending of African drums and Middle Eastern melodic instruments. A considerable portion of the music consists of a variety of African drums.  The melody is added on top of the drums. There is no harmony to speak of besides what is implied in the melody. Take a listen.

The second is a jazzy/bluesy instrumental featuring the piano. It is a combo of bass, guitar, drums piano and solo piano. A catchy tune, it might even count as a pop/jazz crossover. Take a listen.

We’d love to know what you think of the music. Please leave us a comment.

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Arranging General

Komplete 8 Ultimate Session Strings Pro animator demo

I posted a video showing some of the features of Session Strings Pro that is shipped with Komplete 8 Ultimate. (I’m not sure if it also ships with just Komplete 8).

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXCc-JPbQ6U?hl=en&fs=1]

The video should give you an idea of what is possible with the animator feature. The original material is basic block chords. Animator makes it into what you heard.

Any suggestions on other Komplete 8 products you’d like to hear some demos of, let me know and I’ll get something on YouTube.

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Arranging General

Komplete 8 Ultimate Studio Drummer & Retro Machines Demo

Here’s another article about one of my YouTube videos. This video has a very rough piece of music in it using the Studio Drummer and Retro Machines from Kontakt 5 (part of Komplete 8 Ultimate) and Reaper. No processing was added. The sound is straight from Kontakt.

I loaded a midi file into reaper, added an instance of Kontakt 5 (as a folder). Under that folder I added two tracks, the midi import and the drum track. The drum track was created by dragging the grooves from Studio Drummer to Reaper. In Reaper I used a midi routing FX to route the midi drums from channel 1 to channel 2 as I had the retro machines on ch 1 and the drums on ch 2. The midi file was originally created as an export from Sibelius 6. I did no editing to any of the midi files (the song or the drums).

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wfk_f7tW7Jo?hl=en&fs=1]

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Arranging General Piano Lessons

Introduction to Chords – Part 1

I’ve started a new video series on my YouTube channel. The first part of an introduction to chords is there.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmezVWK0Ex8?hl=en&fs=1]

The major and minor chord charts shown in the video are available for download in the Free Titles section of the music catalog: www.jamesgilbertmusic.com/catalog.php

There are also some other chord related files there that will be applicable to future videos.

 

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Arranging Sibelius

Making a music arrangement using Sibelius 7

Ever wonder what goes on in an arranger’s mind when they go to arrange a piece of music? Well, here’s a video showing some of that process. It also shows off some of the new Sibelius 7 music notation software.

See how I take a hymn tune based on a German folk melody and turn it into a fugue like arrangement for solo organ.

Not mentioned in the video is that the piece was used a few weeks ago (end of July 2011) as a postlude for a church service. Postludes are the music heard at the end as everyone is leaving so you don’t want it to be too long. The piece served its function well and will probably be used again.

I did find one issue with the arrangement when playing it. As the 3rd voice of the ‘fugue’ comes in, the hand spread required to play the piece requires part of the right hand part to be played with the left hand. That’s not too bad, but it was a bit awkward switching.

Questions about Sibelius or making the arrangement are welcome.