This short project based course is designed to provide users of Vienna Symphonic Library string instrument collections with both immediately usable string orchestra/string ensemble templates for their own VSL production work as well as with learning material for studying both the performance shaping and audio processing techniques applied in these projects. It is designed as an "evolving" course - it starts with the first basic project for a basic string orchestra setup, after which new projects exploring different ways for creating Vienna Symphonic LIbrary strings setups with different libraries (VSL Special Edition, Orchestral Strings, Chamber Strings & Solo Strings) will be consecutively added.
The course is designed for all levels, as both beginning and advanced users of Vienna Symphonic Library string instrument collections can profit both from its finished project templates and its explanations of both basic and advanced performance shaping and audio processing techniques.
A lighter complement to the Vienna Training Center, this course gives Vienna Symphonic Library string instrument users with limited time and budget at their disposal an opportunity for guided self-study in a compact project based format.
Software required to realize the project
Establishing playing articulations to be able to select appropriate library patches.
Selecting and loading the appropriate patches.
What slot crossfading is and why it is important for string orchestra music.
Intensity dynamics, colour and velocity crossfading.
The use and purpose of volume automation.
Attack and release parameters in legato optimization.
Using the audio processing plugins of the Vienna Suite to equalize and panoramize the individual sections of the orchestra.
Setting up an acoustic space for a string orchestra using Vienna Suite's Convolution Reverb.
Balancing the frequency spectrum of the mix using Vienna Suite's Master Equalizer. Adding some additional audio processing effects for the final polishing of the mix.
Goran Tchubrilo, the author and lecturer of the Vienna Training Center, is a classically trained composer (University of Music and Performing Arts Graz/Austria). He started his training in sample based music production in 2005, with Vienna Symphonic Library as his main (but not only) area of interest.
Apart from his work as composer and (digital) orchestrator/arranger, he also teaches instrumentation and orchestration at the Audiocation Academy.