Orchestration: Hard Vs Soft Quantization

When preparing a score for transfer between applications, knowing the best form of quantization to use can be crucial. This video explains why.  

Orchestration is an area of composition and production that has seen great strides in recent years, with DAWs increasingly capable of letting you create great arrangements that can be played in-the-box or exported to be played by a real orchestra. In this short video from the course  The Orchestral Sessions 102: Orchestration Prep, Olajide Paris guides you through one of the most important concepts in preparing your MIDI score - quantization.  

Did you know, for example, the difference between "hard" and "soft" quantization? When quantizing specifically for export to another notation package, it's important to use a stricter quantization setting so that the target application doesn't make any mistakes when interpreting your score. This is in contrast to staying inside your original DAW, which may be better able to work accurately with slightly looser grid settings. Be sure to check out the rest of the videos in this course for much more on preparing your MIDI scores for performance by a real orchestra. 

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The Orchestral Sessions 102: Orchestration Prep

Nowadays, orchestral music recorded with MIDI in a DAW can sound fantastic, but there’s nothing like music played by real musicians. In this second instalment of the Orchestral Session series, music composer Olajide Paris covers the special preparation work needed to transform your MIDI score into data that a notation program can use.

In this course, Olajide Paris covers essential techniques and strategies to speed up your orchestration prep work. Topics such as when to use region-based vs. event-based quantization, how to deal with dedicated runs libraries so they correctly translate to the score, or how to consolidate MIDI parts are all covered. Olajide also discusses how to create individual parts from ensemble patches, what important housekeeping steps need to be done before exporting, why you should know about the alternative music XML format, and more...

After watching this course by Olajide Paris, you’ll have a firm grasp of all the techniques needed to transform your composition into a clean MIDI file that can be used to create a full score.

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Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


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