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Orchestration 301 - The MIDI Orchestra - Enhancing Realism.
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It is possible to produce vibrato on an open string on a violin, but it's not always practical. True or false?
Why would you use samples instead of real musicians?
To experiment with new and unfamiliar orchestral textures
All answers are correct
To save time and money
To create a mockup so the director can hear in advance what the music will sound like when performed by a real orchestra
A variable Sample Start parameter controllable by a MIDI CC is available:
Only in Play, Kontakt, and Embertone plugins
only on Vienna, EXS-24, and Kontakt instruments
on most sampled instruments, though in some cases the function is hidden
only in certain plug-in instruments
What is the most common method for selecting articulations?
String position makes a difference to the timbre. True or false?
What can you adjust with the CC#11 Expression Controller?
It depends on the plug-in/instrument
Volume and timbre
To achieve MIDI realism, you should avoid using outdated sample libraries.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?
By playing to the strengths of the samples
Only if the library features dynamic crossfading between sample layers
Only by using a high-end, expensive library
It's not possible because every library has a imited range of musical emotions that it can express
Which of the following statement is correct?
Most MIDI controllers on the market can output the full range of 127 velocity values
All other answers are incorrect
Most MIDI controllers on the market do not output the full range of 127 velocity values
All MIDI controllers on the market can output the full range of 127 velocity values
When working in crossfade mode (Vel.XF) in VSL, velocity has no effect on the sound. True or false?
Which MIDI editor window is particularly useful when applying MIDI realism techniques?
The Piano Roll Editor
The Hyper Editor
The List Editor
The Score Editor
Round Robin sample programming is used to avoid the machine gun effect by:
artificially altering the pitch and timbre of a sample
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
randomly choosing from a pool of alternate takes of recorded samples
How can you simulate the missing in-between timbral variation between two sample layers?
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
Doubling parts to get a bigger and more realistic sound
Repeating a musical phrase continuously throughout a musical piece
The factory setting for release time is programmed to exactly emulate the true release characteristics of an instrument. True or false?
What is CC#2?
Which of the following orchestral instrument is not "keyboard-friendly"?
Choose the best answer. Dynamics create changes in:
tone color, pitch and volume
tone color and volume
emotional intensity and volume
emotional intensity, volume and tone color
The most important attribute of a realistic-sounding mockup is:
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
making it impossible to tell if it's real or fake
The expressive range of Vienna Instruments can be greatly enhanced by:
avoiding advanced programming techniques and playing the stock sounds, which sound the best
enabling the velocity crossfading feature
playing most sounds using the normal velocity switching mode
adjusting the sample start value.
Which of the following statement is incorrect?
All sample libraries have expressive limitations
All sample libraries have expressive strengths
There is no such thing as "the best" sample library
EQs and Compressors will help you to enhance the realism in your mockups
Which velocity response curve should you choose to make a MIDI controller less likely to output high velocity values when playing softly?
In general, the velocity sensitivity of most keyboard controllers:
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
is not consistent between controllers and doesn't translate playing nuances very accurately
is not very accurate, but for creating mockups it's not a huge problem
In Kontakt, where can you add CC#11 control of volume to an instrument?
Instrument Options > Controller > MIDI Controller range
Wrench icon > Amplifier > Mod tab > Add modulator > External Sources > MIDI CC
Wrench icon > Modulation > Mod tab > Add modulator > MIDI CC
Mapping Editor > Edit > Auto Map Functions
How can a legato sound be achieved?
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
Lengthening the release time so that the notes bleed into one another
A true legato sound can only be achieved with real players
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