• Student484060
    Posts: 2
    Joined: Jul 27th, 2021
    Philharmonic in GarageBand
    Hi all. I'm new to GarageBand and would like to learn how to create a philharmonic orchestra (GB for Mac), or learn how to create such melodies. I'm not a composer but have been dealing with these tunes I'd like to make (you know, a muse somewhere...) I've researched with no success. Are there any discussion, forum or even courses I may consider in order to do so? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance! Bernardo
  • Joe A
    Posts: 1834
    Joined: Oct 1st, 2013
    Re: Philharmonic in GarageBand
    Hi Bernardo - If you install the full GarageBand library [GarageBand menu > Sound Library > Download All Available Sounds] you should find most of the orchestral instruments in the Library pane [Orchestral > Brass, Strings, Woodwinds, Percussion]. These should be fine for getting started -- later more sophisticated third-party AU orchestral libraries could eventually be purchased and installed.. Here are some links to videos that discuss orchestral composition, orchestration, and creating a virtual orchestra via software instruments. They're not specifically about GarageBand but could serve as an introduction to the concepts and techniques of orchestral writing and virtual orchestration. These courses cover both orchestral instrument background and more specific MIDI Orchestra topics -- they may be a bit advanced depending on your experience in general with music writing/playing and MIDI/DAW programs: AFAICT those courses all assume basic musical knowledge. If you need material on formal music theory, here are courses on that, particularly the ones on Music Theory for DAW Musicians: Again, none of these orchestra-related courses are specific to GarageBand -- serious orchestral work is done in high-end DAWs -- but maybe you can get some familiarity with the process and techniques of virtual orchestration, start experimenting in GB, and then work your way up from there..
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