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Model #: ProOrch Vol 1/ProMen
Manufacturer: Alexander Publishing

Professional Mentor PDF Workbook For Volume 1 (Includes Spectrotone Chart)

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If you bought Professional Orchestration Volume 1: Solo Instruments and Instrumentation Notes as a single title, you're going to want the Professional Mentor PDF package.

In 2010, we completely revised and expanded our Professional Orchestration curriculum by including the Spectrotone Chart™, created by Academy Award® nominee Arthur Lange, which explodes our ability to teach you our common sense way of learning orchestration, MIDI mockup skills, compositional techniques, recording, and mixing - all at your pace.

Now, more than ever - learn and do!

End Result - you learn how to write and produce your own music!

You accomplish this by using our exclusive 117-page Professional Mentor™ workbook which guides you from score analysis all the way through writing and recording 12-13 two-minute original works, plus, an optional full orchestral assignment.

The Professional Mentor™ – much more than a workbook. The Professional Mentor is the heart of Professional Orchestration Volume 1 (available separately) because it turns Professional Orchestration Vol. 1 into a complete home study course that you can do on your schedule at your own pace. There’s never a rush.

Here’s how it works.
With the Professional Mentor, rather than taking a self-test to see if you know the material, you write one piece for each of the 13 solo instruments covered (the equal of roughly a semester’s worth of work at college) before you do your optional “final” project – a full orchestral arrangement. With this approach, you create 13 publishable works that could become the basis for your own publishing company, and, you can go to the next step, and create your own CD by doing a MIDI mock-up of your piece.

Instruments you write original works for are:
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, and Harp.

Now, here’s where the Professional Mentor goes to the next step. The good folks at the Vienna Symphonic Library, and composer Jay Bacal, have allowed us to give you, at no extra charge, 13 solo compositions with MP3 and MIDI files created by Jay for the Vienna Instruments sample library. Just load the MP3 and MIDI file into your sequencer (the MIDI file is a visual study aid only. It requires the same VSL patches used by Jay for correct playback). You’ll see how Jay created the composition by studying velocity, expression, and mod wheel data. By the time you’ve gone through each instrument, including solo strings, you’ll know what you need to not only write for each instrument, but how to approach doing a MIDI mock-up. It’s a professional education you can apply to any library, too.

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  • Your download file(s) will be available for 30 days after purchase.
  • x1 .zip file.
  • approx. 224MB size.

  • Professional Mentor Contents (Digital Download)

    Spectrotone Chart™ - $19.95 Retail Value
    Professional Mentor™ Workbook for Volume 1 - $24.95 Retail Value

    Total Value - $44.90

    Plus! Your FREE gift from the Vienna Symphonic Library - 13 MP3/MIDI files to help you learn the techniques of MIDI Mockup!

    Professional Mentor™ Contents
    1. Lesson Planner
    2. Score Analysis Guide
    3. Orchestral Sketchpad PDF
    4. Spectrotone Analysis Guide
    5. Spectrotone Range Sheets
    6. Recording Spectrotone Combinations
    7. VSL Self-Study MIDI Mockup
    8. Professional Mentor Writing Assignments
    9. Orchestral Sample Library Evaluation Spreadsheets

    Professional Mentor™ Audio Lectures
    1. Professional Mentor Overview
    2. Score Analysis Overview
    3. Spectrotone Analysis Overview
    4. Spectrotone Range Sheet Assignments
    5. Recording Spectrotone Combinations
    6. VSL Self-Study Overview
    7. Professional Mentor Writing Assignments Overview

    Spectrotone Chart

    Spectrotone Chart

    Because Professional Orchestration™ is the first orchestral scoring series to come out of the scoring stages of Los Angeles, we’re excited to announce the addition of the Spectrotone Chart™, created by Academy Award® nominee Arthur Lange, who was also music director for MGM and other studios.

    Using the Spectrotone Chart you'll learn how to create effective orchestral combinations by understanding which instruments will blend well together in which registers, or which instruments will provide a more contrasting tone-color when placed together. You'll also learn starting insights on orchestral balance within each section of strings, brass and winds.

    In Arthur Lange’s own words, the Spectrotone Chart is, “a colorgraphic exposition of tone-color combinations and balance as practiced in modern orchestration.”

    The Spectrotone Chart has applications to any style of music that makes use of orchestral instruments. It shows orchestral balance and color at a glance. With the Spectrotone Chart, visual colors are used to describe instrumental tone-colors, making it possible to determine in advance the true balance of any orchestral color effects. Because the Spectrotone Chart does away with trial and error guessing, you can use it when arranging, composing, recording or mixing. With its color coded approach, you can quickly work out combinations by instrument, by range, and by specific notes.

    Each tone-color has an additional timbre description that changes depending on the type of articulation used. In your PDF Guides you're given a chart of Articulation Tables by tone-color, by instrument that show how the timbre can change, and also how this will affect the intensity and carrying power of that instrument. You'll know when an instrument in a particular register will be strong in intensity, or when it will be weak and possibly need reinforcing by another instrument.

    For mixing purposes and applying EQ, we’ve added the Hz frequencies for each pitch under the keyboard shown at the bottom of the chart.

    Because the Spectrotone Chart is a must have for all arrangers, composers and recording engineers, we've made it a part of our Professional Orchestration curriculum.

    The Spectrotone Chart is a digital download item, that can be used as an on-screen reference, or printed out on a variety of different sized papers. It's designed for 18" x 24" poster printing, but can be resized on a home color printer.

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