1 . Note entry –
In Logic: open your orchestral template (that you made for the Beethoven). Add a piano track. (or two or three).
- Live play/record in the material. – make the tempo as slow as you need. I would also suggest make a couple more piano tracks and be already dividing up material– at least separate left hand/right hand. Also put in all performance indications now– dynamics, expression etc. Go to Layout (score menu) choose Midi meaning to assign midi properties to staccatos, accents etc. Also fix enharmonics, accidentals etc.
- you can also do step entry – go to main menu Window– Open step input keyboard. This method incredibly tedious, and only to be used if you really can’t play the material.
In Sibelius, Finale, MuseScore etc. : You may find note entry easier in one of these programs. do the note entry as prescribed– then import to Logic by exporting a MIDI file then importing that file to Logic.
2. Do the orchestration—
in other words copy and paste from your piano version to instruments of the orchestra. Transposition, moving notes by any number of octaves, doubling (sometimes with many instruments– all good.)
3. Making the sounding demo (as in the Beethoven)
- Enter the keyswitches – either in score mode or piano roll mode
- Do velocity programming – piano roll mode
- Set a good volume relationship between the 2 Kontakt multis (the winds are by default mixed lower than the strings)
- Remove all the reverbs from the Kontakt multis.
- Set panning for each instrument on the Kontakt multis– imagine an orchestral layout
- Set up a send for each multi on the Logic channel strip “send”- choose Bus1 . Add level to Bus 1. (probably somewhere in the middle)The Aux 1 channel will appear. Insert a Space Designer where it says Audio FX. Choose a reverb preset for some kind of orchestral hall.
- After you’re satisfied with your velocity programming, you will most likely need some volume programming to help with your interpretation. Hit the letter “a” to open automation. Underneath each instrument name you’ll see “Read” and “Volume”. Where it says “volume” click hold – then click on “Kontakt 5”, and scroll down the huge list of numbers until you arrive at “Level-Flute”. Choose that, then you’ll see a line has appeared on the flute 1 sequence. This is what you use to shape the volume.
4. Preparing the score
Recommend doing this in Logic, but could also be done in Sibelius, MuseScore etc by opening the complete Logic score (command 5) and doing export either MIDI files or MusicXml.
If working in Logic , open the full score by selecting all, then do command 5.
Logic Notation stuff:
Once your score is open, go to Layout>show score sets. Here you can scale the size of your score – about 60-65 % probably, and enter short names for the instruments, so that the names appear in all staves of the score.
Select individual parts, then under Region on the left hand menu you will see Style – treble (or whatever) Set this to whatever is right for the part .
In the full score , you can then start entering score indications that might be missing– dynamics etc.
At this point, you have a full score. You are now trying to make it look good. I will be talking a lot about Logic scoring in class, but you can also look at the Logic User Guide (notation starts at p. 607)– it does explain quite clearly how the various functions work.