1st Edition

The Art of Digital Orchestration

By Sam McGuire, Zbyněk Matějů Copyright 2021
    280 Pages 308 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    280 Pages 308 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    The Art of Digital Orchestration explores how to replicate traditional orchestration techniques using computer technology, with a focus on respecting the music and understanding when using real performers is still the best choice.

    Using real-world examples including industry-leading software and actual sounds and scores from films, VR/AR, and games, this book takes readers through the entire orchestration process, from composition to instruments, performance tools, MIDI, mixing, and arranging. It sheds light on the technology and musical instrument foundation required to create realistic orchestrations, drawing on decades of experience working with virtual instruments and MIDI.

    Bringing together the old and new, The Art of Digital Orchestration is an excellent resource for anyone using software to write or compose music.

    The book includes access to online videos featuring orchestration techniques, MIDI features, and instrument demonstrations.

    1. Process of Composing  2. The Instruments  3. Synthesis in Orchestration  4. Performance Tools  5. MIDI Techniques  6. Mixing  7. Orchestration Stories and Workflows  8. An Outlook on Future Digital Musical Instruments


    Sam McGuire is an active audio engineer, composer, and faculty member of the University of Colorado, Denver. He is the author of multiple audio technology books and numerous online training modules. Sam’s research into 360¨ audio and impulse response technology has taken him to Europe and Asia, recording balloon pops in castles, cathedrals, and concert halls.

    Zbyněk Matějů is a contemporary classical music composer. He is well known for his ballet, scenic, and film music, and for his symphony works. He has received many international awards for his compositions.