VO #2 How to score for virtual orchestra #startscoringmovies

VO #2 How to score for virtual orchestra #startscoringmovies


hi Marco Di Stefano here and welcome to
this video of the second orchestration series so today I’m going to walk you
through my composition which was my entry for the Albion 1 competition at
Spitfire audio if you want to listen to this composition then you can go to my
website marcodistefano.art and you will find it here like featured but
maybe more here voila you have the one video on YouTube which you can watch and
you can you can also have there is a royalty-free license available
version so you the composition starts with piano so let’s hear let’s start to
go deep in it so let’s put it in solo what did I use
for the piano? here this is the sim cock felt piano so at the beginning the composition
starts with the solo piano but there is also something in the background which
is strings evolution in which I’ve loaded two different articulations
so now if we want to build it up there is some woodwinds which are
introducing a melody at the beginning the woodwinds being here it starts with
a corn anglais so there is there is some orchestration here with the woodwind so
maybe it’s worth if we can listen to what only the woodwinds are doing here
there is also piccolo here again let’s hear this part well contrabassoon very low playing so
for all these as you have already seen I’m always been working with automation
for the expression the vibrato and the dynamic and then dynamics yes so you can
see how it changes for example so always ensure that wherever you end the phrase
there is some some fade-out of the new instruments which is absolutely natural
way of playing the instrument if we listen now to this part all together
yeah maybe let me just show you this pizzicato what are doing there
maybe with the piano so here they are introducing this sort of ostinato which then will
be taken again later okay so now let’s hear all together the
beginning alright you might have heard these sort
of runs of the woodwinds so let me show you where it is this is Albion 4 amazing library so just
let’s play this alone look what’s going here beautiful then in this part actually let
let me show you so there is a loop let me start with this alone this is from
Albion 3 this loop is together with the brass then let’s add the percussion let’s see what percussion are doing
alone and there is also something from the that’s it so if now we merge all
these percussion together with the loop and the brass what is left so of course
we also add the flutes which we heard at the beginning and then and at the end so the only
thing we are still missing so far is the piano which I must admit that this from
this moment we don’t hear very much there is the strings evolution again
playing and with a very nice crescendo so now I let
you listen to this part all together okay and here we start with the part
which is a bit more symphonic orchestra so the piano is always doing the same
actually it’s just a loop repeating and here it all starts with these corn anglais
playing again I love woodwinds so again as you can
see here the wood winds are taking the melody and they are switching from one
instrument to the other at a certain moment also here you hear the flutes and
clarinets which are doubled by the oboe I think that this one these flutes
and clarinets here it’s from the Bernard Herrmann toolkit yes so on top of these
woodwinds playing together we have of course all the violins so let’s see
listen to the strings alone first what they are doing here so there is an
ostinato which is given to the celli and basses it’s a very simple cadence that is going
there so what else we have seen the piano we have seen the strings
we have seen with the woodwinds and of course there are there is there are some
horns here that plays actually when we see the horns starting in the video
which are doing this voila I love these chords they are adding a
lot of beauty to the piece and to finish the you have actually hear the strings
which are going pizzicato again let me add these also this one
contrabassoon here I think it’s very important let’s do like that so let me show you the automation here it’s just this instrument is just beautiful so now I think it’s it’s all
I would like you to make you listen to all and then I will talk you about the
the tempo and in the mixer so let’s start again okay so when approaching the the
composition the first things I’ve been working on is the tempo track or is it
project tempo track so here you can see it it’s tempo track is very dynamic and
it works in the way that it makes the my beats fit with the video so here you can
see that there is a huge change of tempo I will let you listen to it and then and then what is important here is that
there is it is very very important to work on the
tempo track if you want to get something which is sounds a bit
realistic so I’ve never written a composition with always the same tempo it doesn’t add realism another things I want to show you to
finish this video is the mix console so here as always all the instruments are redirected to one audio channel each audio channel here is mixed in a way which I
never go up to the zero or maybe some time just very little in that case I’ve
not used any group channel so directly as you can see you have you
have all the different channel instrument channels which go to the main
output and as you can see there is some there is a reverb aux channel which I
have injected in all the different instruments and as you can see also
every instrument has a different level of decibel so some time is – 4 – 3 or 0
depending on the instruments and depending how far I wanted him to be
perceived and then all this channel are mixed together inside ozone here and
ozone is where I’m doing the mastering so I’m boosting the high and in this
particular case as you can see there is a cut in the low because there was
really too much low I’m using too much of Celli and basses
I’m having some compression here dynamic and Maximizer at minus 1 decibel and
again here as you can see I’m boosting the the input plus 1 in order to have a
better dynamic range that’s all for this composition again if
you have some question or if you want to go deep in some part just let me know in
the comments and thank you very much for listening and see you in the next video

8 Replies to “VO #2 How to score for virtual orchestra #startscoringmovies”

  1. Marco – flamin hell buddy – mind…blown! What a great walk through – thanks so much for this valuable behind the scenes! You definitely have your own unique sound buddy – I can hear you really love your dissonances ;)! Do you mind asking which reverb you used for this piece and do you tend to use the same reverb for your other orchestral compositions? I'll be watching this again as one viewing wasn't enough – no doubt I'll have some other questions for ya lol – well done!

  2. Marco, thanx so much for your videos.Are there groups of Kontakt , or do you have for every track a Kontakt Instrument ?
    And it would be nice , if you can do a Video with Mixing .Channel, Groups etc.

  3. Hi Marco! Nice work! May i ask which mic position do you use in the Spitfire Libraries? Thank you very much cheers Thomas

  4. Mah, quella melodia del corno inglese mi ricorda molto Howard Shore. Ottimo mock-up comunque, pensi che sia possibile ottenere un bel risultato.come questo usando solo Albion One? In generale preferisci ussre le Multi Patch e Keyswitch o avere le diverse articolazioni in traccie separate?

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