How To Compose with MIDI and Virtual Instruments

Learn how to set up a composing workstation, control Virtual Instruments like a pro, and create realistic and compelling music on your computer. 
1 - Welcome and About This Course
7 mins
2 - MIDI, DAWs, and Virtual Instruments Explained
13 mins
Hardware Explained: What You Will Need
3 - HARDWARE: Computers and Components
8 mins
4 - HARDWARE: Audio Interfaces + Soundcards
6 mins
5 - HARDWARE: Speakers and Headphones
7 mins
6 - HARDWARE: Midi Keyboards and Controllers
6 mins
Software Explained: What You Will Need
7 - SOFTWARE: DAWs and FX Plugins
18 mins
8- SOFTWARE: Virtual Instruments
11 mins
Hardware + Software Recommendations for your MIDI Workstation
9 - Complete MIDI Workstation Setup Configurations (Sorted by Budget)
How to Use the Tools and Control Virtual Instruments
10 - Getting to Know Your DAW
35 mins
11 - How to Build a Template
36 mins
12 - Managing Large Templates
9 mins
13 - Balancing Orchestral Instruments in a Template
13 mins
14 - Controlling Virtual Instruments (Part 1)
30 mins
15 - Controlling Virtual Instruments (Part 2)
40 mins
21 Tips for Bringing MIDI to Life (PDF)
106 KB
Composing Great Music from Beginning to End
16 - The Composer's Mindset and First Steps
14 mins
17 - Melody and Structure
36 mins
18 - Principles of Orchestration
13 mins
19 - Virtual Orchestration (Part 1)
46 mins
20 - Virtual Orchestration (Part 2)
(1h 53m 14s)
21 - Virtual Orchestration (Part 3)
(1h 20m 15s)
22 - Virtual Orchestration (Part 4)
(2h 03m 01s)
23 - Virtual Orchestration (Part 5)
48 mins
24 - Exporting Stems
17 mins
25 - Mixing
(1h 10m 29s)
26 - Mastering and File Export
25 mins
The Heart of A Hero AUDIO/MIDI ASSETS
The Heart of a Hero AUDIO and MIDI Assets
537 MB
The Heart of a Hero STUDY MIDI TEMPO TRACK.smt
6.35 KB
The Heart of a Hero Feb19 320MP3.mp3
3 mins
Additional MIDI Files for Study
Hillsdale Western STUDY MIDI.zip
37.6 KB
Hillsdale Theme STUDY MIDI.zip
191 KB
Approaching Darkness STUDY MIDI.zip
151 KB
Complete Course Audio
How to Compose for MIDI & VI COURSE AUDIO.zip
914 MB
Conclusion
27 - Course Conclusion and What's Next
3 mins
Course Completion Feedback Survey
Resource List for Further Learning