Study Hall and Sonic Control Archive


WHAT THE HECK IS DIVISI AND IS IT CONTAGIOUS?
Taught by Peter Alexander, learn what string divisi is, how it's created, and how it applies to the new string sample libraries offering it as a feature.
CLICK HERE to listen to the free MP3 teaching.
CLICK HERE to download the free PDF transcript.

LASS CLASS
These free teaching videos were developed by Peter Alexander for AlexanderPublishing.com customers for the initial Version 1 release of Audiobro's L.A. Scoring Strings. Click the links below to watch the individual YouTube videos at our ProOrchestration channel.
LASS Class #1 - Overview

LASS Class #2 - String Ensemble Sizes
LASS Class #3 - Creating Smaller "Color" Ensembles

LEARNING ORCHESTRATION
A series by Peter Alexander covering orchestration basics.
Learning Orchestration - Overview
Instrumentation
Feeding The Stew Pot


SONICCONTROL.TV ARTICLES ARCHIVE
The Sonic Control website was originally founded in 1998 by Ryan L. Miglierina, a talented and enterprising young composer, musician, and student of Mount Royal University in Alberta, Canada. Sonic Control was an online webzine for musicians, composers, songwriters, recording and production enthusiasts, whose purpose was to bring the exciting world of music technology and related issues to the everyday user with simple, easy-to-understand articles and reviews. Alexander University, Inc. was asked to take over the Sonic Control website after Ryan tragically lost his life in a car accident at the tender age of 24.

Between 2004 - 2014 SonicControl.tv was maintained by Alexander University, Inc. CEO, Peter L. Alexander, an award winning journalist and graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston. Peter studied counterpoint with Dr. Hugo Norden at Boston University, and orchestration in Hollywood with Dr. Albert Harris, Arthur Morton (Jerry Goldsmith's orchestrator), Jack Smalley and Scott Smalley. A prolific music educator for more than 30 years, Peter's books and online courses in music (available here at AlexanderPublishing.com) have been endorsed by winners of the Academy®, Grammy®, Emmy®, BAFTA®, G.A.N.G.®, Telly® and Ava Gold® Awards. Most of the articles and reviews found at SonicControl.tv were written by Peter L. Alexander, whose passion for music education and seeing young composers properly equipped to pursue their careers was tirelessly unceasing. Peter tragically lost his life to a sudden and massive heart attack in January 2015, at which point the SonicControl.tv website was forced to close its doors.

Below, you will find many of the articles and reviews posted at SonicControl.tv between 2008 (when the site underwent a major overhaul) and 2014, all lovingly preserved in PDF format. Just click on the links below to open the PDF documents in a new window.


INTERVIEWS
Interview with Arnaud Sicard of Acousticsamples
Andrew Keresztes on LA Scoring Strings Specs and The Future
Dirk Campbell's Origins
Doug Rogers, QLSO Co-Producer
Ernest Cholakis Explains: What's a Convolution Reverb?
Hans Zimmer on the Hans Zimmer Sound
Jesper Kyd Talks About Hitman
Revealed! ProjectSAM - The Hollywood Film Composer's Secret Weapon
The Two Mike's of Cinesamples Talk About VOXOS and More...


STORIES ABOUT
Alex North Film Scoring Series
Arthur Lange and The Spectrotone Chart
How the Blue Man Group Uses iPhone
How the Great Composers Taught Themselves: 11 Steps For Success
Joseph Wagner - The Most Undiscovered of America's Composers
The STORMWORLD of Stephen Melillo: Future Methods for Teaching Music Today


MARKETING MATTERS
Taking Positive Advantage of a Negative Economy
The Consumers Are Coming! The Consumers Are Coming!
The Consumers Are Coming: Demos and NFR's
The Consumers Are Coming: Olympus Is Downloading
What Social Media Means to Composers
Your Web Site and WordPress


STOCK SCHOOL
Stock School: What Newspapers to Read - The NY Times
Stock School: What Newspapers to Read - The Wall Street Journal


TREND LINES
Best Buy Rising
NAMM 2009: A Time For Sobriety
On Quill & Ink and Music Technology
PDF Software Manuals - Ugh!
The Changing Face of Sample Library Sales


RECORDING
But IT is Working Fine On My System!
Daniel James: Mixing LA Scoring Strings and Symphobia
RME Fireface 800 and the KRK VXT8's
KRK VXT8 Powered Studio Monitors
SONiVOX Releases New Virtual Instrument Beating Tascam to Market
What Is A Sequencer - Defined


THE ORCHESTRA
Woodwind Sections and Sample Libraries
Book Review - Orchestration: An Anthology of Writings


WORSHIP MUSIC
Worship Music - Understanding Chords


SOFTWARE EFFECTS
EastWest: Quantum Leap Spaces - A Professional Orchestration Review
IK Multimedia's T-RackS - First Observations
Ircam Tools: SPAT 64Bit - Sneak Preview
Ircam Tools: SPAT - Part 1: Your New Best Buddy For Mixing
Ircam Tools: SPAT - Part 2: Positing the Strings and a Flute
Ircam Tools: SPAT - Worth Its Bytes in Gold
FORTI/SERTI: VSL's Spatial Placement Secret Weapon
Vienna Suite PowerPan, Part 1: String Placement
Vienna Suite PowerPan, Part 2: Brass Placement
Vienna Suite PowerPan, Part 3: Woodwind Placement
Vienna Suite PowerPan, Part 4: Percussion Placement
The Vienna Suite: Prelude to a Review


VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTS
Audiobro: L.A. Scoring Strings 2.0
Audiobro: L.A. Scoring Strings - An Orchestration Review
Audiobro: L.A. Scoring Strings - Part 1: The New Workhorse String Library
Audiobro: L.A. Scoring Strings - Release Date and Opening Price Announced
Audiobro: Announcing L.A. Scoring Strings
Best Service: Galaxy II Pianos
Cinematic Strings 2.0
Cinematic Strings 2.0 - A String Library For the Rest of Us!
Cinesamples: Drums of War
Cinesamples: VOXOS Part 1 - A Professional Orchestration Review
EastWest: Hollywood Brass - A Professional Orchestration Review
EastWest: Hollywood Strings - A First Consideration
EastWest: Hollywood Strings Gold, Part 1 - A Professional Orchestration Pre-Review
EastWest: Hollywood Strings Keyswitch Finger Positions
EastWest: PLAY 1.2
EastWest: QLSO PLAY - First Look
EastWest: Quantum Leap Gypsy
EastWest: Quantum Leap Pianos - Overview
EastWest: StormDrum 2 - Part 1
EastWest: StormDrum 2 - Part 2
EastWest: Voices of Passion - Part 1
EastWest: Voices of Passion - Part 2
Heavyocity's Evolve - Has the IT Factor For Dynamic Dramatic, and Game Scoring
Kong Audio Chinee Orchestra
The Miroslav Philharmonik Revisited
Miroslav Vitous String Ensembles V.1
Miroslav Vitous String Ensembles V. 2
Native Instruments: Assembling a Kontakt Sample Library Orchestra
Notion 3: Its Time Is Now
Notion 4 In The Classroom
Orchestral Tools: Berlin Strings
Orchestral Tools: Berlin Woodwinds and Vibrato
Orchestral Tools: Berlin Woodwinds - First Thoughts
Peter Siedlaczek: String Essentials 2
ProjectSAM: Orchestral Brass Classic
ProjectSAM: Symphobia - The Essential Toolkit for Composers
Realivox: The Ladies
Sample Logic: Rumble
Sample Modeling: The Trumpet
Spectrasonics: Omnisphere
Spitfire Audio: Albion
Spitfire Audio: Mural 1
Strezov Sampling: Storm Choir II
Vienna Dimension Strings - Part 1
The Truth About Vienna's Dimension Strings
Vienna Dimension Violins and The Spectrotone Chart
Vienna Instrument's Appassionata Strings
The Vienna Instruments: First Look
Vienna Instruments Special Edition
How Vienna's New MIRx Changes the Game for Vienna Library Owners
Vienna's MIRx Brings Mixing Simplicity to VSL Libraries
Setting Up a Matrix/Template in the Vienna Instruments Player
VSL Woodwinds 1