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Extreme Australian Orchestration

Many people have asked me about how I’ve set up my system and what my orchestration process is, so I decided to add a complete walkthrough to the blog. In this screencast, I have recorded myself doing an entire cue from opening the midi file to preparing the final studio-ready score. You can see how I’ve set up my own system to let me get through the process as efficiently as possible. I should point out that the focus here is on the technical side of things; this is not a video about the creative decisions you will face as an orchestrator. That’s what the rest of the blog is for!

How I set up my iPad.

Here is the touch OSC file. It would take a lot of work to set up for your own use, but it may give you some clues as to how to do it.

Main iPad Screen
ipad main

Hairpin Paster
ipad hairpins

My Studio
TD Studio


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  1. […] this feature with another third party program called TouchOSC for the iPad, as shown in the¬?Extreme Australian Orchestration¬?video on his blog […]

  2. I have just moved my site and I believe a few comments have been lost in the changeover. Please post and again and I will answer any questions.

    To answer one of them about what I use to align things. That is the TG Move/Align Plugin, from the full suite, not the free one that came with finale. It allows you to set shortcut keys.

  3. Unbelievable… the amount of time you spent to work through all these complex issues and come up with a setup like this. WOW. I am in awe and so grateful for the time you took to put together a video like this. Thank you so much, Tim!

  4. this is a SEA CHANGE for students (and many professionals). Thanks for this – absolutely sharing with the UM students in 3 – 2 – 1 …

  5. this is a GREAT video, and you are doing a HUGE service to students and others trying to streamline and work better.

  6. Thanks for taking the time to share your workflow. I’m gonna watch the video in slow motion and steal all your tricks! I have a similar setup for composing and orchestral Mockups (I use lemur instead of touch osc), but in finale I don’t even come close to the speed at wich you work. I own you a beer 🙂


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