Lots of Questions

Hi all,

 

I am a film composer who is starting out and I have many questions I was hoping people in this forum could help me answer. Any help or feedback anyone can give me would be GREATLY appreciated.

 

Just to let you know a little about the tools I work with here is a rundown of my gear.

 

-Logic Studio

-EWQLSO Platinum Plus Edition

-Miroslov Orchestra

-Ivory

-Pro Tools LE for Mixing (sometimes)

 

Here are my questions....

 

1. When working on a film, is it customary for a film composer to write the cues by playing them in and then working backwards in terms of transcribing what was played, or do composers work traditionally by notating the score, and then playing them in?

 

2. I havent scored a lot of material for picture yet. This means my demo reel is pretty lean. Is it a good idea to write cues for "made up" scenes in different styels?

 

3. I notice that East West has MANY different articulations for each instrument. If I was writing a line for cello for instance that just played a major scale, but I wanted the first 4 notes legato, the next two staccatto, and the last two pizz. for example, would that need three different Cello tracks, each one with a different articulation? or is there a way in Logic to change the patch for the instrument mid track?

 

4. This last question is more of a curiosity. How much money does it cost to hire a medium sized orchestra for the day (in a professional scoring stage).

 

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me out with ANY of these questions. I really do appreciate it.

 

 

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  • Hi Ryan

     

    I recommend the Berklee online orchestration course. It will answer these questions and all the other ones you have/will have in future.

    I'm not a rep, but am taking the course right now. It's great!

     

    Hope this helps

    Martin

  • q3- according to midi 'standards' you should be able to change patch at any point in time ... however most SEQUENCERS do NOT implement this ... myself and the people I know must use one track per patch ( in your case 3 tracks ) ...

    q4- order of magnitude tenth of thousand units of currency ( dollars, euros, ... ) so if you go to the CZECH republic you save on the currency ...

    http://www.brnorecordings.com/

    CZECK ORCHESTRA !!!

  • Not much I can add here except that if you have enough budget, go for the Czech Orchestra! that Livio linked to! They are good enough for most of your needs, I guarantee it :)
  • I can answer #3 only. Major orchestral samplers like EWQLSO have things called 'Keyswitches" I'm sure you noticed when browsing around. When you load a keyswitch, it will load many different articulations for that particular instrument. It will also give you a guide, something like C0 = Q Legato, C#0 = Pizz, D0 = Staccato. By writing those out of range notes into the midi sequence for the keyswitch, it will automatically switch the articulation for the next note played. So if you wanted the melody: C4 E4 G4 G4 with the C/E legato and the G's staccato, your midi sequence would be C0 C4 E4 D0 G4 G4. I still prefer separate tracks most of the time, but it can be helpful.
  • I definitely agree with Orchestration 1. It's expensive, but the amount of material covered in the course is invaluable.

     

    CK

     


    martin smith said:

    Hi Ryan

     

    I recommend the Berklee online orchestration course. It will answer these questions and all the other ones you have/will have in future.

    I'm not a rep, but am taking the course right now. It's great!

     

    Hope this helps

    Martin

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