In part one (1 of 2) of this midi orchestration masterclass, TV and film composer Fletcher Beasley shows you how to make realistic orchestral MIDI arrangements inside your DAW. When budgets and schedules get tight, you must be able to do it all "inside the box" and fool the listener. This video will help you make the most out of your situation so that you can achieve orchestral realism in your tracks. NOTE: You can purchase both videos in this series at a discount here!
Topics Covered: Composing music for film and television, common mistakes when working with MIDI orchestration, achieving MIDI realism, the day-to-day life of a real-world composer, working with DAW templates, using pre-fader sends, routing virtual instruments through Vienna Ensemble, mixing to stems in logic Pro, the production process, working with other engineers, working efficiently in your DAW.
Fletcher Beasley is a composer with considerable experience creating music for different media. He has composed for film, television, commercials, video games and interactive exhibits. He enjoys writing expressive music, as well as songs, covering a wide range of emotion and drama. His tonal palette shifts easily from the grandly orchestral to the intimately acoustic, to the offbeat and edgy sounds found in contemporary music. He is fond of mixing different sounds and styles together in unexpected, yet organic, combinations.
Fletcher’s credits include writing the score and title song for the HBO feature film “Roads to Riches”, starring Robert Forster and Rose McGowan and co-composing the score for the ESPN documentary, “June 17, 1994”, directed by award winning director, Brett Morgen. He has also composed extensively for animation, applying his musical skills to projects such as Disney’s “Princess Stories: Enchanted Tales” and NBC’s “The Zula Patrol”, both of which received Annie nominations for his music. Recently, he has composed for the latest Terry Gilliam film, “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus” and Cartoon Networks’ “Scooby Doo: Mystery, Inc.”, while millions of people have heard his music at the Epcot Center interactive music exhibit “What If Music Were In The Air”.
As a musician, Fletcher has played in ensembles varying from jazz to classical, to rock and the avante garde. He plays guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion and sings, and has studied composition, conducting and orchestration. His work is influenced by having lived in Asia and traveling the Middle East, Europe and Central America. He is an avid reader of fiction and history, and without question, is as passionate about film as he is about music.In 2002, he was awarded a grant as a result of his work teaching music to incarcerated teenagers from the American Composers Forum to create a ten-week music program at the Poseidon School in West Los Angeles. Currently, he teaches a course in digital orchestration for UCLA Extension’s Film Scoring Program and courses in sound for film and music production at Santa Monica College and Cal State Long Beach. He has also taught at UC San Diego and Chapman University.
Fletcher lives in Los Angeles with his lovely wife, painter Danielle Eubank, their daughter, Severine, and two cats, Monk and Dexter.
Fletcher is represented by Gloria Soto of the Max Steiner Agency.