Mockups are a requirement for most music projects these days, so skill in using virtual instruments and samples is a requirement for the contemporary arranger. This seminar explores the expressive use of virtual instruments, integrating disparate sample libraries into the mix, techniques for specific instrument groups, blending the orchestra with synthesizers and combining live recordings with MIDI.
Using Virtual Instruments:
Mockup Techniques for the Contemporary Arranger
Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017
Check-In: 7:00pm / Event: 7:30pm-10pm
@ The Evergreen Stage
4403 West Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank CA 91505
• Getting good results with MIDI
• What makes a quality sample library?
• Good sound
• Good programming
• The importance of MIDI CCs
• Which CCs matter and why?
• Recording and editing CCs
• Which parts need to be expressive and which ones don’t
• Matching reverb from different from sample libraries for a unified sound
• Using pre-fader sending for greater depth
• Techniques for specific instruments groups
• Crescendos and sforzandos
• Sequencing drums kits
• Recording guitar and bass direct
• Equalization for problem areas with virtual instruments
• Using synths
• Small is better
• Mono is your friend
• Giving space for the low end
• Integrating with acoustic and orchestral sounds
• Hybrid approaches – mixing virtual instruments with live players
• What to replace with a real player
• When does it make more sense to use a sample?
Fletcher Beasley is a composer who writes music for film, television, commercials, video games, and interactive exhibits. His credits include Amazon’s The Last Tycoon, Cartoon Networks’ Scooby Doo: Mystery, Inc., Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, the Emmy award-winning mini-series World Without End, Disney’s Princess Stories: Enchanted Tales and NBC’s The Zula Patrol. A pioneering video game composer, Fletcher began his career writing music for the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo video game consoles.
As a musician, Fletcher has played in ensembles varying from jazz to classical, rock, R&B, and the Avant-garde. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, and he sings. He has worked as a composer, producer, player, synthesizer programmer, orchestrator, and arranger.
Fletcher teaches courses in film composition, recording and MIDI production for UCLA Extension’s Film Scoring Program, where he was named 2015 Outstanding Instructor. He also teaches courses in sound for film and music production at Santa Monica College and Cal State Long Beach. He is a board member of the Society of Composers & Lyricist where he serves as the chair of the seminar committee.
In 2015, Fletcher released an album of cinematic electronic music entitled Fictional Radio, which is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, YouTube, Amazon and other music streaming services. A follow-up album is coming soon.