Song of the Week: September 2 – “Almost There”

This week’s offering started as just a simple acoustic piano motif, played on the Native Instruments Giant plugin in Kontakt. Something about the sound of it I found inspiring, and I’d initially thought to compose just a simple piano piece with very little orchestration. I thought I’d keep the mood cinematic and pensive (I’ve been listening to a few new movie soundtracks lately), but still wanted the instrumentation to be sparse. As I meandered along though, it seemed appropriate to add a pad, then a drumloop, then bells, then bass, and so on. I’m still experimenting with orchestration techniques with Miroslav Philharmonik inside of Logic (still in version 9). Still lots to learn, but I’m not too disappointed with the results here.

Instrumentation:

  • NI Giant (acoustic piano)
  • Arturia Prophet V (synth bass)
  • NI Massive (electric drum loop)
  • NI Reaktor (sound effect pad)
  • EXS24 (choir pad, glockenspiel)
  • NI FM8 (polysynth brass)
  • ES2 (delayed synth arpeggio)
  • Miroslav Philharmonik (orchestral elements)

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