Excessive String Divisi

Excessive String Divisi Many composers coming from the sample world tend to use massively split up string sections. Things like triads in the violas alone, several different violin movements at the same time etc. are very common. While this might work in the sample...

Glockenspiel Orchestral Use

Glockenspiel Orchestral Use The Glockenspiel is a fantastic instrument to highlight soft chords or double a melody. It works especially well to play the highest note of a pointillistic chord or line on the Glockenspiel. However, when doubling very active melodies on...

Real Musicians and Rhythmic Complexity

Real Musicians and Rhythmic Complexity One of the most common reasons for slowdowns in recording sessions with real musicians are (unnecessarily) tricky rhythms. As a composer/orchestrator you should always be sure that real musicians are not sequencers that can play...

“Bells up” on French Horns

“Bells Up” on French Horns For French Horns there is quite often seen in score sheets a request to put the “Bells up” which is supposed to give them some extra volume and brassyness. Even some sample patches are available that cover this technique. Among...

“Simile” Mark in Film Scoring

“Simile” Mark in Film Scoring When you’re writing a score sheet, especially when for a film score, rather prefer to use the word “simile” or “sim.” (meaning “in the same way”) where you can instead of articulating/marking everything. This has a massively...