Street Smart Guide To The Vienna Instruments Player Course



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Running approximately 1 hour 45 minutes, the 20-chapter Street Smart Guide to the Vienna Instruments Player Course is an orchestration/music production approach to learning the Vienna Instruments Player. The course includes steps for setting up string, brass and woodwind templates plus 3 bonus chapters on the Dimension Strings. The Street Smart Guide to the Vienna Instruments Player Course also show you the basics of operating the Vienna Instruments Player, integrating the VIP in your sequencing, and music production decisions you need to make when using the Vienna Instruments Player (assumes basic MIDI knowledge).

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About The Course

The first ten chapters cover the material needed to work with the Vienna Instruments Player as you would with Kontakt and other instrument players. Thereafter, you learn to work with those features of the Vienna Instruments Player that set it apart from other sample players.

Chapters 17-19 cover the basics of a real string ensemble, and how that applies to the Dimension Strings, including creating larger ensembles, smaller ensembles, and divisi sections. Chapter 20 concludes with showing basic audio tools that can be used to get a rich sound from any Vienna library including the Dimension Strings.

Demonstrations are shown using the Vienna Instruments PRO 2 Sample Player and cover the features common to both the Vienna Instruments Player (included with every Vienna Symphonic Library product) and the Vienna Instruments PRO version. Note that Chapter 9, on how to extend the range of an instrument, only applies to the PRO edition software.

The 20 Video Chapters in the Street Smart Guide to the Vienna Instruments Player Course

Chapter 1 - The 4 Components of the Vienna Instruments Player
Chapter 2 - MIDI and the Vienna Instruments Player
Chapter 3 - Some VIP Housekeeping Issues
Chapter 4 - The VIP Matrix
Chapter 5 - How the 4 Components Merge In the VIP and Music Production Decisions You Need To Make
Chapter 6 - 2 Live Performance Techniques With the VIP
Chapter 7 - Moving Keyswitches
Chapter 8 - AB Keyswitches
Chapter 9 - Extending the Range of An Individual Instrument (VI PRO only)
Chapter 10 - Using the Onboard Algorithmic Reverb
Chapter 11 - Beyond the Basics
Chapter 12 - Understanding Presets
Chapter 13 - Building Your First Matrix
Chapter 14 - More Housekeeping Issues
Chapter 15 - Creating Effective Templates For Strings, Brass and Woodwinds
Chapter 16 - Creating the Most Common Orchestral Combinations Within the VIP
Chapter 17 - How Dimension Strings Are Like a Real String Section
Chapter 18 - String Bowings and Building a Larger Section
Chapter 19 - Setting Up Smaller Sections and Divisi Sections
Chapter 20 - Audio Tools For the Vienna Libraries and Dimension Strings

The Street Smart Guide to The Vienna Instruments Player Course is taught by Peter Lawrence Alexander, a 10-year veteran of using the Vienna Symphonic libraries and who trained many leading Hollywood composers in how to use them. Vienna Symphonic Library software and the VSL player are also part of the instruction of Peter's Visual Orchestration trilogy of courses, available from the "Orchestration" category of this website.

Update to Chapter 20 Video on Audio Tools

FORTI/SERTI: Since the completion of this course, Numerical Sound's FORTI/SERTI is no longer available for purchase from the VSL website - though Numerical Sound do have plans to make it available direct from their website in the future. The alternative product recommended by Numerical Sound is their Hollywood Sound IR Collection. With the Hollywood Sound IR Collection, you first choose the early reflection that matches your source material, then you choose your scoring stage size with a reverb tail length ranging from 0.7 up to 5.0 seconds. The Early Reflections and Reverb Tails are combined into one Impulse Response file, but you get 241 combinations to choose from plus 27 reverb tails on their own. Convolution TILT Filters are also built in. For full functionality it requires Reverberate 2 (or higher) from LiquidSonics as its hybrid convolution reverb host. For more information you can visit the Numerical Sound website, and under the "Products" menu go to "Reverberation Impulse Products" > "Hollywood Sound IR."

Orchestra Seating Positions With Vienna's PowerPan: At about 3:18 into the Chapter 20 video you'll hear it mentioned that we published a series of reviews at the Sonic Control website showing seating positions for the orchestra by instrument with PowerPan. Since the completion of this course, the Sonic Control website has closed down, but you can find PDFs of those articles on this website at our Study Hall. Look under the heading "Software Effects" for the Vienna Suite PowerPan Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 on String, Brass, Woodwind and Percussion Placement.

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About Peter Lawrence Alexander

Peter Lawrence Alexander was the first American to create in English the multi-volume Professional Orchestration. Series which has been endorsed by winners of the Academy, Grammy, Emmy, and BAFTA Awards. He’s also the author and teacher of Visual Orchestration, Scoring Stages, How Ravel Orchestrated: Mother Goose Suite, The Instant Composer: Counterpoint by Fux, Writing For Strings, Applied Professional Harmony 101 and 102, How MIDI Works, Street Smart Guide to the Vienna Instruments Player and many more. Peter was also Film Music Magazine’s award winning Music Technology Journalist.

A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston with a BS In Music Composition, he studied counterpoint privately with Dr. Hugo Norden of Boston University, and orchestration with Pulitzer Prize nominated composer Albert Harris. Peter worked as the music tech for film composer/songwriter Henry Mancini and understudied with film composer Jerry Goldsmith. He also studied orchestration with Goldsmith's orchestrator, Arthur Morton.

Peter coordinated beta test teams for the Vienna Symphonic Library and co-produced the Modern Symphonic Orchestra orchestral sample library for Creative Labs. As a media researcher he produced studies showing geodemographical radio station listening patterns by day segments, and in working with renowned radio programmer Jack McCoy’s RAM Research he laid the research foundation for what later became Arbitron Information on Demand.

With over 30 years in music education and publishing, Peter’s training approach came out of his research into how the great composers taught themselves. His music books and courses are research-oriented and focus on how people learn best. The result of this approach is titles that train for results, and get results when you follow their step-by-step learning approach. As Peter would say, "it’s not about music theory, it’s about practical learning and doing."

Maintaining Peter's Teaching Legacy: Since the sudden and unexpected passing of Peter Lawrence Alexander in 2015, his music books and courses, along with this website, are now maintained and updated by his wife and long-time business helpmate, Caroline Alexander, who holds a Master of Arts Degree in Music Design for Film and Television.

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