The idea behind the MIDI study pack is to create a single in-depth orchestration and composition lesson based on the MIDI files of a particular piece of mine (in this case, "Commanding the Fleet"). This provides the opportunity for the kind of detailed study one would undertake with full orchestra scores, but there are a few advantages provided by having access to the MIDI over conventional notation:
- You don't need to be able to read musical notation to benefit from the learning experience
- You can actually see more nuanced performance data than is visible in notation (i.e. MIDI CC curves, how quantized parts are, etc.)
- You can apply your own instruments to the MIDI parts to hear how the principles and performances translate to your own tools
- You can use the MIDI parts as a basis for your own educational experimentation (i.e. move the string parts to woodwinds and see how it affects the sound)
(NOTE: this is not a MIDI production/loop pack, so access to the MIDI parts is only intended to be for your education and not for direct use in your own compositions)
But beyond offering access to the MIDI, each study pack also comes with:
- A multi-page PDF study guide with information about how to use and read the files, things to observe and learn from the piece, and assignments for things to try on your own.
- The Cubase Project file (if you are a Cubase 10-or-later user, you may get even more benefit out of this than the MIDI (but the MIDI is openable in all DAWS).
- The MP3 of the final produced track for reference
- An approx 30-60 min video breakdown/tutorial of the piece and libraries used (this is on both the product page and youtube, so anyone can access this part for free)