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Orchestration 301 - The MIDI Orchestra - Enhancing Realism.
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The expressive range of Vienna Instruments can be greatly enhanced by:
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
enabling the velocity crossfading feature
It is possible to produce vibrato on an open string on a violin, but it's not always practical. True or false?
To create realistic sounding harp parts, the maximum number of notes you should write per hand is:
Which of the following instrument is not touch-sensitive?
The factory setting for release time is programmed to exactly emulate the true release characteristics of an instrument. True or false?
When percussion instruments are damped, they stop vibrating immediately. True or false?
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
randomly choosing from a pool of alternate takes of recorded samples
artificially altering the pitch and timbre of a sample
cycling systematically through a pool of similar-sounding samples but only for repeated pitches
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"
In Kontakt, where can you add CC#11 control of volume to an instrument?
Mapping Editor > Edit > Auto Map Functions
Instrument Options > Controller > MIDI Controller range
Wrench icon > Modulation > Mod tab > Add modulator > MIDI CC
Wrench icon > Amplifier > Mod tab > Add modulator > External Sources > MIDI CC
The most important attribute of a realistic-sounding mockup is:
making it impossible to tell if it's real or fake
that you're using the latest libraries
to keep your listening audience "in the audience" a majority of the time
writing using ensemble sounds because writing for solo instruments is difficult
Which aspect of sustaining sounds do we have the least amount of control over?
The release characteristics
The volume contour of the sustaining part of the sound
The attack characteristics
The speed and depth of vibrato
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
only in certain plug-in instruments
on most sampled instruments, though in some cases the function is hidden
Only in Play, Kontakt, and Embertone plugins
Which of the following orchestral instrument is not "keyboard-friendly"?
String position makes a difference to the timbre. True or false?
Choose the best answer. Dynamics create changes in:
emotional intensity, volume and tone color
tone color, pitch and volume
emotional intensity and volume
tone color and volume
What is the Mosaic technique about?
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
Doubling parts to get a bigger and more realistic sound
Repeating a musical phrase continuously throughout a musical piece
When working in crossfade mode (Vel.XF) in VSL, velocity has no effect on the sound. True or false?
Realism-enhancing concepts and techniques are DAW-specific. True or false?
How can you simulate a crescendo on a sustained note?
By changing the velocity value of the note
By repeating the note with increasing velocity values and forcing the note to be legato
All answers are correct
Which of the following statement is correct?
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
Most MIDI controllers on the market can output the full range of 127 velocity values
All other answers are incorrect
Which MIDI editor window is particularly useful when applying MIDI realism techniques?
The Hyper Editor
The List Editor
The Score Editor
The Piano Roll Editor
What is CC#2?
How is it possible to create realistic sounding mockups with just one sample library?
It's not possible because every library has a imited range of musical emotions that it can express
Only by using a high-end, expensive library
Only if the library features dynamic crossfading between sample layers
By playing to the strengths of the samples
Which velocity response curve should you choose to make a MIDI controller less likely to output high velocity values when playing softly?
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