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The Guide To MIDI Orchestration by pianist and composer Paul Gilreath is the premiere text on obtaining maximum realism from MIDI Orchestrations. Gilreath presents detailed information on the characteristics of an orchestra's sound and applies these concepts to the MIDI environment.

The book progresses from overviews of each section to details of individual instruments. A clear and precise approach allows the reader to implement Gilreath's techniques in a step by step manner. ...

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Overview

The Guide To MIDI Orchestration by pianist and composer Paul Gilreath is the premiere text on obtaining maximum realism from MIDI Orchestrations. Gilreath presents detailed information on the characteristics of an orchestra's sound and applies these concepts to the MIDI environment.

The book progresses from overviews of each section to details of individual instruments. A clear and precise approach allows the reader to implement Gilreath's techniques in a step by step manner. Reviews and recommendations of libraries are included and interviews with working composers highlight the text.

Written for the intermediate to advanced MIDI user, The Guide to MIDI Orchestration will serve as a one of a kind text to teach the steps necessary to achieve successful MIDI Orchestrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780964670532
  • Publisher: MusicWorks Interactive
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Gilreath is an award-winning composer who creates original music in a variety of styles for video games, film, television, trailers, and broadcast advertising.
Gilreath has written theme, underscore and broadcast advertising music for a wide range of clients that include NBC, CBS, Cartoon Network, ESPN, American Airlines and many others. His music has been used multiple times for the Olympic Games broadcasts on NBC and several PGA tournaments on NBC. He scored the feature film No Retreat No Surrender starring Jean Claude Van Damme, Knights of the City starring Curtis Mayfield, and Making Contact directed by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day).

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Table of Contents

Background of Orchestration 1
Consistency in Your Orchestrations 7
Listening to an Orchestra 17
Instrument Ranges and Timbre Characteristics 22
The Illusive Sound: The String Orchestra 28
Other Sections of the Orchestra 49
Details for Excellence 77
What's in Your Rack? 101
Libraries 106
General MIDI 160
Interviews 162
Coda 176
Index 177
Glossary 180
Library Manufacturers 183
Bibliography 184
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2006

    An well written and very helpful book

    Gilreath's The Guide to MIDI Orchestration has helped me tremendously. I purchased the book as a novice in the MIDI orchestration world though I knew my way around the sections of the orchestra. What I didn't know was how to approach the huge task of producing a score totally in my computer. This book explains in a step by step manner just this. And it has very in depth chapters on orchestration as well, for those who don't know much about the orchestra, or for those just wanting a little refreshing or some new approaches. The book has full color graphics throughout and is built like a tank. It is not the best thing in the world to take around in your backpack, but for anyone wanting to learn how to produce extremely realistic scores, this book is the best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2005

    The ultimate book

    This book is the ultimate reference for those of us who have to write for sampled orchestra. Gilreath's book is comprehensive, up to date and frankly, gorgeous. It is a 700+ page hard bound with beautiful graphics throughtout. Though the 69.95 price was a bit high for me, after I received it, I totally understood why. Quality, quality, quality. If reproducing a real sounding orchestra is your thing (game composers, students wanting to hear your orchestrations, film and t.v. guys on a budget), this is your book!

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