At Point Blank, we are constantly creating video content for your benefit, whether it be exclusive artist masterclasses, interviews, production tips & tricks or track deconstructions. Over the next two weeks, composer, producer and Point Blank expert instructor Kevin Kerrigan (Bjork, Brian Eno, Dido) will be giving you a taste of what you could learn at Point Blank, presenting you with a brand new series focused on Spitfire Audio’s new sample library: London Contemporary Orchestra strings. The first time these string sounds have been available in sample form, Spitfire Audio have teamed up with the LCO to provide everything one would need to create cutting-edge, experimental strings music. With a wide range of dynamically controllable, never-before-sampled articulations, this rich set of diverse recordings are both playable & musical and will transform your work.
For the fourth and final episode of our LCO Strings series, Kevin Kerrigan discusses some of the textures and patterns available to us in the library, as well as experimenting with blending individual articulations. He shares some tips for saving CPU, such as the purge function, and explores the ‘light resources’ Spitfire Audio have provided as a means to save CPU. Watch the full video above and if you missed episodes one through three you can catch up just below!
Episode One – Mic Mixer & Basic Performance Tips
For part one of the series, Electronic Music Composition instructor Kevin Kerrigan walks us through LCO Strings basic interface, specifically looking at the Mic Mixer, exploring the effects available as well as how to apply them, including some interesting tips on blending effects to personalise your sound. Kevin also goes over advanced settings and features and gives us some basic performance tips, detailing how to get the best out of the library and achieve the most realistic sounding strings.
Episode Two – String Sounds & Composition Tips
In this episode, Kevin Kerrigan explores the different instruments, sounds and articulations available to us in LCO Strings. Going into detail, he breaks down the individual parameters and gives his tips on how to get the best out of the library, as well as sharing some compositional tips too.
Episode Three – Reverb & Effects Tips
In episode 3, Kevin Kerrigan experiments with employing different reverbs and effects with LCO Strings, giving examples on when it would be appropriate to apply them and sharing some useful tips and tricks.
Kevin Kerrigan teaches Electronic Music Production as a part of our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering Degree. Every aspect of the degree has been developed and optimised to guarantee it meets rigorous academic standards. Regular Quality checks and reviews with Middlesex University ensure these standards are on a level with the top universities in the world. Our brand new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) offers ease of access and support to students enabling us to give them the benefit of cutting-edge, interactive learning. If you want to learn composition, recording, engineering and mixing techniques enrol on our online BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering degree now. With flexible learning from anywhere in the world, it is our most comprehensive programme. Take the first step by trying a free online sample course or contact our course admissions team to find out more.
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