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Guide to MIDI Orchestration 3rd Edition Now Shipping

Paul Gilreath?s guide for creating orchestral realism with today?s technology (August 26, 2004)

Guide to MIDI Orchestration

Guide to MIDI Orchestration

Since its initial release in 1997, Paul Gilreaths The Guide to MIDI Orchestration from MusicWorks Atlanta has been the premiere text on creating realistic emulations of a symphony orchestra using samplers and computer recording techniques. Recent years have seen huge advances in sampling technology. Likewise, the demands put on the MIDI composer to produce extremely realistic orchestral textures have never been higher. Now in its 3rd edition, The Guide to MIDI Orchestration explains how to merge this ever-expanding technology with the artistry of orchestration to produce the most lifelike recordings possible.

?As sampling technology has changed over the last four years, the MIDI composer now has many new tools at his disposal. The large number of high quality orchestral libraries, plug-ins, and software samplers currently available can greatly increase the potential realism, but the process of putting the composition together can be overwhelming, states Paul Gilreath, author and president of MusicWorks Atlanta. ?In writing this book, I have tried to present MIDI orchestration in a methodical manner, so that it becomes a less complicated process for the end user.

The book is written for composers, arrangers and MIDI musicians of all levels and will be helpful to game composers, film and television composers, traditional orchestral composers, teachers, instructors and the serious hobbyist. The Guide to MIDI Orchestration is a one-of-a-kind text that includes orchestration techniques and how to implement them into the MIDI environment, helping composers achieve successful and realistic MIDI orchestrations.

Detailed information on each instruments timbre, range and uses is included. Specific orchestration techniques are discussed, including how to use the various instruments for accompaniment and melody, how to approach an orchestration from the ground up and how to achieve balance and interest within the orchestration. Gilreath then translates these elements into the MIDI and sampling environment, providing a clear and precise approach that will allow the reader to employ the necessary techniques with assurance. 

Chapters on studio setup and requirements, effects processing and plug-in considerations, DAW choices and mixing guidelines highlight the text. Included are detailed reviews and recommendations of the major orchestral libraries. Insightful interviews with industry heavyweights including mastering engineers Bob Katz and Bob Ludwig, library developers Eric Persing, Doug Rogers, Gary Garritan and Herb Tucmadl, and many working composers provide useful, real- world knowledge that can be implemented into your work on a daily basis.

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The Guide to MIDI Orchestration is available in full four-color process hardcover (703 pages) at for $69.95 (USD) MSRP.

About the Author
Paul Gilreath is a composer and author living in Atlanta, Georgia. After earning his Bachelor of Music in composition from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue film composition studies at the University of Southern California. He has scored the music for five feature films and composed music for several television shows, film trailers and commercials. In the mid-1990s, as budgets tightened and sampling technology grew, he translated his talents at real orchestration into this new technology. The first edition of The Guide to MIDI Orchestration was written in 1997 with a second edition following shortly thereafter, selling over 20,000 copies worldwide before being replaced by the current 3rd edition. Gilreath continues to compose commercially, scoring regional and national projects. He is often called on to help beta-test new orchestral sampling products and has been used in an advisory capacity for several new library productions. He and his wife Channie have one son, Paul ?Quintin Gilreath V, and one daughter, Birdie Rose Gilreath.

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