Being a music composer isn’t an easy task. You need to write tons of musical data, and to put a huge amount of your time editing and refining it. Yet I think I found my best niche in the music business, being an Epic Orchestral Music Composer.
Epic orchestral music, is the type of music you hear in movies, the really big music, with all the strings, and huge drums, and singing in a strange dialect and such. The music in general is supposed to make you feel epic, and awesome, as if you went through an adventure only by listening to the music itself.
To become a composer for this type of music, you will have to master a number of aspects in the music industry:
1. Become one with one of the music production programs out there, the better the software, the better you can achieve your sound and editing. The main big players in these areas are: Pro-Tools, Cubase/Nuendo and Logic. I use Cubase, but everyone can choose his best taste.
2. Learn and know how to use software synthesizers and and samplers. When using a production software, you will want to record and use special sounds. Some of the more electronic sounds, you can get from software synthesizers, which are actual synthesizers you can connect a midi controller to, and playback through your computer.
The other important thing is to know how to use samplers. Samplers are software instruments which emulate premium sounds that you can get only through this special program. Most of the epic samples, like world drums, strings, orchestra and ethnic instruments can only be found in samplers. The best sampler today is Kontakt 5, by Native Instruments.
3. Listen to great composers in the genre to get an idea of what works and what doesn’t work. If you can get a good reference, your work will be more professional, and will sounds way better. Notable composers in this genre are John Williams, Hans Zimmer and also Innon Zur.
Now to some important information about the writing itself. It is very important to know how to write in an atmospheric mood, and to use sound effects and a-tonal sounds. Also it is very important to analyze strings in other works and to try and make something that is as great is what you hear. Good string libraries are: VSL, Hollywood Strings, and Platinum Orchestra by East West. For drums and such, you should check out War Drums 2. For an overall synth with amazing sounds, check out Omnisphere by Spectrasonics.
Happy Epic Music Writing.