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Orchestration 301 - The MIDI Orchestra - Enhancing Realism.
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Choose the best answer. Dynamics create changes in:
emotional intensity and volume
emotional intensity, volume and tone color
tone color and volume
tone color, pitch and volume
String position makes a difference to the timbre. True or false?
The expressive range of Vienna Instruments can be greatly enhanced by:
enabling the velocity crossfading feature
playing most sounds using the normal velocity switching mode
adjusting the sample start value.
avoiding advanced programming techniques and playing the stock sounds, which sound the best
Which velocity response curve should you choose to make a MIDI controller less likely to output high velocity values when playing softly?
When working in crossfade mode (Vel.XF) in VSL, velocity has no effect on the sound. True or false?
Which aspect of sustaining sounds do we have the least amount of control over?
The speed and depth of vibrato
The attack characteristics
The release characteristics
The volume contour of the sustaining part of the sound
The factory setting for release time is programmed to exactly emulate the true release characteristics of an instrument. True or false?
Which of the following orchestral instrument is not “keyboard-friendly”?
To achieve MIDI realism, you should avoid using outdated sample libraries. True or false?
How is it possible to create realistic sounding mockups with just one sample library?
Only if the library features dynamic crossfading between sample layers
It's not possible because every library has a imited range of musical emotions that it can express
By playing to the strengths of the samples
Only by using a high-end, expensive library
To create realistic sounding harp parts, the maximum number of notes you should write per hand is:
Why would you use samples instead of real musicians?
To experiment with new and unfamiliar orchestral textures
To save time and money
All answers are correct
To create a mockup so the director can hear in advance what the music will sound like when performed by a real orchestra
How can a legato sound be achieved?
Lengthening the release time so that the notes bleed into one another
A true legato sound can only be achieved with real players
Either with specialty libraries, or by using various programming techniques to "bend the samples to your will"
Only by using libraries which feature true legato samples
What can you adjust with the CC#11 Expression Controller?
It depends on the plug-in/instrument
Volume and timbre
What is the most common method for selecting articulations?
What is the Mosaic technique about?
Mixing and matching different sample libraries to get the articulations you want
Playing back a different sample each time a note is repeated to avoid the “machine gun” effect
Repeating a musical phrase continuously throughout a musical piece
Doubling parts to get a bigger and more realistic sound
When percussion instruments are damped, they stop vibrating immediately. True or false?
In general, the velocity sensitivity of most keyboard controllers:
is not very accurate, but for creating mockups it's not a huge problem
is not consistent between controllers and doesn't translate playing nuances very accurately
is very good but it's usually extremely difficult to achieve very high velocity values
is very good but usually lacks sensitivity when playing very soft notes
The most important attribute of a realistic-sounding mockup is:
making it impossible to tell if it's real or fake
writing using ensemble sounds because writing for solo instruments is difficult
that you're using the latest libraries
to keep your listening audience "in the audience" a majority of the time
A variable Sample Start parameter controllable by a MIDI CC is available:
only on Vienna, EXS-24, and Kontakt instruments
Only in Play, Kontakt, and Embertone plugins
on most sampled instruments, though in some cases the function is hidden
only in certain plug-in instruments
Realism-enhancing concepts and techniques are DAW-specific. True or false?
Round Robin sample programming is used to avoid the machine gun effect by:
randomly choosing from a pool of alternate takes of recorded samples
cycling systematically through a pool of similar-sounding samples but only for repeated pitches
ensuring that repeated pitches don't sound precisely the same twices in a row
artificially altering the pitch and timbre of a sample
Which MIDI editor window is particularly useful when applying MIDI realism techniques?
The Piano Roll Editor
The List Editor
The Score Editor
The Hyper Editor
How can you simulate the missing in-between timbral variation between two sample layers?
Which of the following statement is correct?
All other answers are incorrect
All MIDI controllers on the market can output the full range of 127 velocity values
Most MIDI controllers on the market can output the full range of 127 velocity values
Most MIDI controllers on the market do not output the full range of 127 velocity values
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