At 1/18/13 02:07 PM, grachamoncha wrote:
So, I've dabbled a bit in dubstep/chillstep/electronic music in general but I would like to give orchestral scores a spin and see what I can manage to do. I have a lot of knowledge with piano and such like but I just need some guidelines on how to get started. Much appreciated.
There's way too much to say about orchestral music, and it's much more than producing a track with common orchestra instruments... There's quite a bit of background knowledge you must have on orchestral instruments to really exploit their strengths and how to apply their strengths in the context of large orchestral ensemble works.
A lot of the material that has been posted is a great place for reference and learning the basics which you really should spend a lot of time doing.
I started studying piano and learning composition at the very young age of 8 and I picked up FL Studio version 2.0 when I heard about it and started the same way you did with electronic music and then moved on to actually produce orchestral works with in FL Studio to produce the closest realistic orchestral sound as possible for me at the time.
You really can't rely on learning basic compositional, theory and orchestration techniques within a DAW like FL studio, I would suggest getting some sort of notation program and start there, and once you get a better feel for it you would feel much more comfortable composing in a DAW.
Also it's hard to force yourself to sit at the computer trying to speed-learn composition/orchestration/fundamental theory. It's not going to happen overnight. Just as any instrumentalist, you need to spend a lot of time "practicing" your craft.
If you want I can help you 1-on-1 if you'd like. I've been using FL and composing orchestral music for years now so I think I might be right up in your alley in terms of what your looking to do.
Check out the stuff in my signature if you wanna hear some of my work. 99.9% of it was produced in FL Studio, and most of it was eventually notated in Sibelius for live players. My YouTube channel mostly has video captured footage of my large orchestral works playing back in FL, which might give you a good idea what a huge orchestral project looks like in FL Studio.
You can PM me or find my skype contact info in my profile.
Hope this helps! :]