New Features of Orb Composer in Version 1.1



hello fellow music makers this is Bill Macpherson in to the new features of orb composer we have a new version L and we the version is 1.10 and the new features we have coordinate versions we have loop markers we have the ability to copy and paste clips and as well as chords there's an updated AI engine and updating the curves automatically updates the clips and also a 3/8 and in quarter time signatures have been added in the pro version and there's also better humanization and there's a zoomin zoom-out shortcut for mac and as well as you can double click on OC files which will open them a for composer is already open so there are some known bugs currently being worked on time signature signatures for individual bars and clip input user rhythms as well as harmonic doubling melodies so I would stay away from those features until we have a report until the next update when those have been fixed so for those of you are not familiar and or need a refresher on how to use or composers the first thing you do when you open up the program is you choose what kind of an orchestral template you want now if you want you can hit cancel and then construct your own template but just first say purposes of demonstration we'll go ahead and do an orchestral and then we'll apply because that gives you all the AI features of or composer at your disposal then the next thing you do is you add in what are called block items so we'll do an intro we could do them a lot of intro and we'll just write that over also we'll do a theme and we'll drag that over and then we'll go ahead and do an end and we'll do a melodic end and drag that over so the next step is to actually put measures into these structures so it go down to the next tab on the upper left which is the bar items and since we're doing an intro let's make it four measures so a number of bars we'll go ahead and enter four and then we'll go ahead and slide one of these bar items over so I'll select this one here which is basically four measures without any structure particularly if you do a two by two then you have the same structure for two each of the two measures here you have a question of answer and here you have a question an answer for two bars each so well go ahead and now drag the theme well while we're at it since we have a four measure bar let's go ahead and slide that over to our endings we'll make our melodic ending four bars as well and the next thing we'll do is we'll increase our bars to eight because we want an eight bar theme so and that enables us to slide over an eight bar theme and when you select the statement here with without the question answer it allows you to have eight independent court chords for each of the eight bars if you so desire so it gives you a little more flexibility in terms of chords so now that we have the basic themes and intro and end setup then we can go ahead and populate now we have these options up here this would create instruments and notes for all blocks this would create chords for all blocks we actually already have chords that were put in there by default which we can change this option allows us to create notes for all blocks and this does everything so let go ahead and for the beginning we'll just create instruments and notes so we'll let the artificial intelligence do its job so by clicking on that notice it's populated our our intro theme and end with a couple of clarinets we've got a lot of violins and here we've got some horns here we have a bassoon again a bassoon so let's go ahead and just play that and see what it sounds like from the beginning [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Laughter] and it actually has a repeat icon here so it just started to repeat so that just goes to show you with doing really little else and choosing a structure and the the bar items you could actually get melody up and going very quickly we did let it default to the defaults the c major key the time signature was for for 60 beats per minute but of course we could have altered that and each of your blocks has its own capability like our theme block we have a tempo we have a key we have a time signature as well and over here in the intro block once again we have a tempo a key and time signature as well so and this same is true at the end just by clicking there than those parameters become available so you can tweak all of these things which we've talked about in other videos but we'll just sort of focus on the new features one of the new features is chord inversion so if I were to go let's say to the intro we have a C chord here we have an a minor now if I want I can double click on that and I can just do the first inversion so with the C minor chord in root position you basically have a C and E but if you have an a minor over C basically you're going to 1st inversion which would be C EA so here I've put in an inversion in the intro I could do another inversion right here you can do it inversion anywhere you want but let's go ahead and put another inversion right there so there's a G chord let's do a G so normally the G chord in root position you have your G B D here's your first inversion your second version has a D on the base and that would be your second inversion there and so then we could go back and play and listen to the difference with the two inversions that were rather than say in the intro so that's how you can go about entering inversions one of the other new features is markers loupe markers so we can drag this over let's say to here and then let's go back to the beginning of the melodic intro so now we're looping just anabolic intro we can adjust that so if we hit play so as you see it's just gonna loop on that area there and closed by the Lube markers so that comes in handy if you want to go and tweak some of the parameters and each of the tracks like for example here's a tuba track and another shortcut a new feature if I click command and the plus/minus key it actually zooms in so we see that we have these parameters here this is a dynamics so it's double piano there also the function of this track is a background track as we see and of course we've got the dynamics as we looked at the roll which in this case is background you can increase the momentum which is the number of horizontal notes per measure and the complexity refers to the rhythmic complexity the register if you want a low register high register medium or you can go up very low very high cliff Annie so in this case we have four voices and then different chords chord notes applies on certain kinds of tracks also for the violins we see here we have a background track so the role for this is a background the dynamics are P and s mo we have a rhythm very low momentum so very few notes per measure in the horizontal and then complexity the rhythmic rhythmic complexities average the register error is medium and Lifan e Polizzi for so they would get to four notes and here is your yellow track so it's a melody track so as far as dynamics we have piano rhythm momentum is low complexity is very low register in the medium register for polyphony you just have one note because you're doing a melody and different chord notes doesn't apply and that's just for the intro so we have all of these options for each of the tracks and the other blocks as well so so far we've taken a look at the some of the new features primarily the chord inversions which we adjusted here also another new feature is the curves like here we're on momentum let's switch to you intensity for this particular melodic intro block and let's play it and what I'm going to do is hit shift as I'm raising this up and that moves all for these measures so listen the difference so we see the melody increased intensity in terms of dynamics and if we go down here and wait a second so the new feature is these are interactive so as soon as you move them and you can if I hit ctrl I can actually do a build so if we go back to the beginning of the intro so we see a gradual increase in volume as we progress through the four measures so let's go ahead and take another look at the zoomin zoom-out feature now as we saw you can hit shift or sort of command and then the plus minus key and you will zoom in and if you want to zoom out you hit command and the key with next to the plus minus or plus actually equals key with two minuses on it and it'll zoom out so if you have a lot of blocks then you can get that as bet as small as you want and you also have the scroll bar which lets you scroll through if you have more blocks so that pretty much wraps up the tutorial on the new features in version one one so this is Bill Macpherson be notified of upcoming videos in the genre of film scoring we talked about sample libraries programs such as this involving artificial intelligence as well as theory courses getting into harmony and chord structures and so on all with the eye towards film scoring so this is Bill Macpherson signing off 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6 thoughts on “New Features of Orb Composer in Version 1.1

  1. Bill, as always your videos are wonderful THANK YOU. Can I ask what orchestra software you have running in tandem with ORB? Have you made a video explaining how you link the many articulations in ORB orchestral template across to what. are essentially processor hungry software samplers? I am now running the latest ORB S with onboard plugin facility BUT I cannot assign my software to cover the aforementioned tens of articulations per instrument without maxing out my computer and hard drive capabilities. I am running a very powerful if slight old Mac Pro with top notch external hard drives and I cant eves assign half of the orchestra without maxing out my processors. This issue is just as difficult if not more so when running ORB as MIDI controller with Logic as the software host. Any help would be greatly appreciated 🙏 THANKS x

  2. That's some very good insight. Thanks! What are you using for the keyboard in the lower part of the screen? Is it a plug-in that you combine with the instrument on the respective channel in the DAW?

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