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Orchestration 301 - The MIDI Orchestra - Enhancing Realism.
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Which velocity response curve should you choose to make a MIDI controller less likely to output high velocity values when playing softly?
What is the most common method for selecting articulations?
How can you simulate the missing in-between timbral variation between two sample layers?
To create realistic sounding harp parts, the maximum number of notes you should write per hand is:
Realism-enhancing concepts and techniques are DAW-specific. True or false?
A variable Sample Start parameter controllable by a MIDI CC is available:
only in certain plug-in instruments
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
When percussion instruments are damped, they stop vibrating immediately. True or false?
Which MIDI editor window is particularly useful when applying MIDI realism techniques?
The Score Editor
The Hyper Editor
The Piano Roll Editor
The List Editor
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
In general, the velocity sensitivity of most keyboard controllers:
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
is very good but it's usually extremely difficult to achieve very high velocity values
How is it possible to create realistic sounding mockups with just one sample library?
By playing to the strengths of the samples
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
Why would you use samples instead of real musicians?
To save time and money
All answers are correct
To experiment with new and unfamiliar orchestral textures
To create a mockup so the director can hear in advance what the music will sound like when performed by a real orchestra
In Kontakt, where can you add CC#11 control of volume to an instrument?
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
Mapping Editor > Edit > Auto Map Functions
Which aspect of sustaining sounds do we have the least amount of control over?
The volume contour of the sustaining part of the sound
The speed and depth of vibrato
The attack characteristics
The release characteristics
Round Robin sample programming is used to avoid the machine gun effect by:
cycling systematically through a pool of similar-sounding samples but only for repeated pitches
artificially altering the pitch and timbre of a sample
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
What is the Mosaic technique about?
Doubling parts to get a bigger and more realistic sound
Repeating a musical phrase continuously throughout a musical piece
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
How can a legato sound be achieved?
Either with specialty libraries, or by using various programming techniques to "bend the samples to your will"
A true legato sound can only be achieved with real players
Lengthening the release time so that the notes bleed into one another
Only by using libraries which feature true legato samples
It is possible to produce vibrato on an open string on a violin, but it's not always practical. True or false?
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
How can you simulate a crescendo on a sustained note?
All answers are correct
By repeating the note with increasing velocity values and forcing the note to be legato
By changing the velocity value of the note
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 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 working in crossfade mode (Vel.XF) in VSL, velocity has no effect on the sound. True or false?
What can you adjust with the CC#11 Expression Controller?
Volume and timbre
It depends on the plug-in/instrument
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