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Orchestration 301 - The MIDI Orchestra - Enhancing Realism.
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How can a legato sound be achieved?
Only by using libraries which feature true legato samples
A true legato sound can only be achieved with real players
Lengthening the release time so that the notes bleed into one another
Either with specialty libraries, or by using various programming techniques to "bend the samples to your will"
What is the most common method for selecting articulations?
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
The factory setting for release time is programmed to exactly emulate the true release characteristics of an instrument. True or false?
Which MIDI editor window is particularly useful when applying MIDI realism techniques?
The Piano Roll Editor
The Score Editor
The List Editor
The Hyper Editor
Round Robin sample programming is used to avoid the machine gun effect by:
ensuring that repeated pitches don't sound precisely the same twices in a row
cycling systematically through a pool of similar-sounding samples but only for repeated pitches
artificially altering the pitch and timbre of a sample
randomly choosing from a pool of alternate takes of recorded samples
Which of the following instrument is not touch-sensitive?
It is possible to produce vibrato on an open string on a violin, but it's not always practical. True or false?
Which aspect of sustaining sounds do we have the least amount of control over?
The release characteristics
The attack characteristics
The speed and depth of vibrato
The volume contour of the sustaining part of the sound
How is it possible to create realistic sounding mockups with just one sample library?
Only by using a high-end, expensive library
By playing to the strengths of the samples
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
Why would you use samples instead of real musicians?
To create a mockup so the director can hear in advance what the music will sound like when performed by a real orchestra
To experiment with new and unfamiliar orchestral textures
All answers are correct
To save time and money
Which of the following orchestral instrument is not "keyboard-friendly"?
Realism-enhancing concepts and techniques are DAW-specific. True or false?
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 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
is very good but usually lacks sensitivity when playing very soft notes
String position makes a difference to the timbre. True or false?
Choose the best answer. Dynamics create changes in:
tone color, pitch and volume
emotional intensity and volume
tone color and volume
emotional intensity, volume and tone color
Which of the following statement is correct?
All 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
All other answers are incorrect
Most MIDI controllers on the market can output the full range of 127 velocity values
What is the Mosaic technique about?
Repeating a musical phrase continuously throughout a musical piece
Doubling parts to get a bigger and more realistic sound
Playing back a different sample each time a note is repeated to avoid the "machine gun" effect
Mixing and matching different sample libraries to get the articulations you want
What is CC#2?
The most important attribute of a realistic-sounding mockup is:
to keep your listening audience "in the audience" a majority of the time
that you're using the latest libraries
making it impossible to tell if it's real or fake
writing using ensemble sounds because writing for solo instruments is difficult
The expressive range of Vienna Instruments can be greatly enhanced by:
enabling the velocity crossfading feature
avoiding advanced programming techniques and playing the stock sounds, which sound the best
playing most sounds using the normal velocity switching mode
adjusting the sample start value.
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?
A variable Sample Start parameter controllable by a MIDI CC is available:
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
Only in Play, Kontakt, and Embertone plugins
Which of the following statement is incorrect?
All sample libraries have expressive strengths
There is no such thing as "the best" sample library
All sample libraries have expressive limitations
EQs and Compressors will help you to enhance the realism in your mockups
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