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Orchestration 301 - The MIDI Orchestra - Enhancing Realism.
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To create realistic sounding harp parts, the maximum number of notes you should write per hand is:
What is the most common method for selecting articulations?
Why would you use samples instead of real musicians?
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
To experiment with new and unfamiliar orchestral textures
Choose the best answer. Dynamics create changes in:
tone color and volume
tone color, pitch and volume
emotional intensity, volume and tone color
emotional intensity and volume
How can you simulate a crescendo on a sustained note?
By changing the velocity value of the note
All answers are correct
By repeating the note with increasing velocity values and forcing the note to be legato
To achieve MIDI realism, you should avoid using outdated sample libraries. True or false?
Which of the following instrument is not touch-sensitive?
Realism-enhancing concepts and techniques are DAW-specific. True or false?
Which of the following statement is incorrect?
EQs and Compressors will help you to enhance the realism in your mockups
All sample libraries have expressive limitations
All sample libraries have expressive strengths
There is no such thing as "the best" sample library
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
Repeating a musical phrase continuously throughout a musical piece
Doubling parts to get a bigger and more realistic sound
How is it possible to create realistic sounding mockups with just one sample library?
Only by using a high-end, expensive library
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
By playing to the strengths of the samples
The most important attribute of a realistic-sounding mockup is:
writing using ensemble sounds because writing for solo instruments is difficult
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
How can you simulate the missing in-between timbral variation between two sample layers?
What is CC#2?
Which MIDI editor window is particularly useful when applying MIDI realism techniques?
The Hyper Editor
The Piano Roll Editor
The List Editor
The Score Editor
Which velocity response curve should you choose to make a MIDI controller less likely to output high velocity values when playing softly?
How can a legato sound be achieved?
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"
Only by using libraries which feature true legato samples
A true legato sound can only be achieved with real players
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?
Wrench icon > Modulation > Mod tab > Add modulator > MIDI CC
Mapping Editor > Edit > Auto Map Functions
Instrument Options > Controller > MIDI Controller range
Wrench icon > Amplifier > Mod tab > Add modulator > External Sources > MIDI CC
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
String position makes a difference to the timbre. True or false?
Which of the following statement is correct?
Most MIDI controllers on the market do not output the full range of 127 velocity values
All other answers are incorrect
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
The expressive range of Vienna Instruments can be greatly enhanced by:
enabling the velocity crossfading feature
adjusting the sample start value.
avoiding advanced programming techniques and playing the stock sounds, which sound the best
playing most sounds using the normal velocity switching mode
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?
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