Composer Bridge – Introduction

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A few months ago I decided to overhaul my orchestral template. As many of you can imagine this meant going down the rabbit hole… After putting together a sample template on VEP and Digital Performer I decided to learn how to use, and program touch interfaces with Lemur. After countless hours of work and research I now have a system that I could only dream of before. Since this system conveniently makes touch operations available right in front of the user, I decided to call it Composer Bridge, after a ship bridge (or command deck).

I believe showing some of the features of Composer Bridge could be beneficial to the many composers who are designing their own templates and refining their workflow. That’s why I created the video below.

You will notice that Composer Bridge is feature-packed. Therefore I couldn’t cover all and I don’t explain how I achieved some of the awesome functionalities since I didn’t want the video to be hours long. But I am happy to share more in case I see enough interest in the comment section and on socials.

Here is an index in case you’d only like to learn about a specific area of Composer Bridge:

00:00 – Intro
02:07 – 01. One channel per instrumenta quick look at VEP
02:35 – 02. Vienna Ensemble Pro
03:03 – 03. Bounce-friendly
03:58 – 04. Instrument selection
04:27 – 05. Instruments control
05:28 – 06. Bidirectional MIDI
06:10 – 07. Counter and time display
06:48 – 08. Basic DAW controls
07:07 – 09. Quick tools and macros
07:57 – 10. Project setup options
08:28 – 11. Editing tools & quantise options
08:48 – 12. Navigation tools & markers
09:05 – 13. Beyond MIDI control
09:22 – 14. Upcoming features
09:41 – Conclusion

That’s it for now, should there be much interest around it you will hear more about Composer Bridge in the future. Now it’s time to sail the ship towards new exciting compositions. Ahoy everyone!

UPDATE: Composer Bridge is now available! Find out more here…

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Giovanni Rotondo

Giovanni Rotondo

Editor in Chief of Film Scoring Tips. Giovanni Rotondo is an experienced film and television composer based in London. He has scored many award winning feature films (Elijah and the Rock Creature, Orphans & Kingdoms), TV movies (Il Giudice Meschino, Il Confine), documentaries (Ilaria Alpi - L'Ultimo Viaggio) and video games (Thunderbird: The Legend Begins). More info here: giovannirotondo.com

9 thoughts on “Composer Bridge – Introduction

    • Giovanni Rotondo
      February 11, 2020 at 9:12 am
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      Hi Scott, thanks for asking! I am seeing a very healthy interest around Composer Bridge after posting about it yesterday. Should the trend continue I’ll find the best way/model to distribute it very soon. In the mean time it would be amazing if you could help me reach as many potentially interested pees as possible. Are you member of any fb/reddit group whose members you feel would like to know about this?

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    February 11, 2020 at 3:13 pm
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    I am very interested in Lemur. How will I know when or if it available?

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    • Giovanni Rotondo
      February 17, 2020 at 9:56 pm
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      Hi Bennie, after a warm reaction from the internet last week, I am preparing new content regarding Composer Bridge. A distribution strategy is still not been defined but might soon. The best way to stay up to date on that is to subscribe to our newsletter. Thanks!

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    March 22, 2020 at 9:07 pm
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    Wow! It’s what “every” composer has been waiting for! I would definitely like to have this program when the time comes. It open’s up and streamlines so many possibilities!! Thank you for your genius and hard work!!

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    May 23, 2020 at 12:29 am
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    Hola Giovanni, this is impressive. I expended so much time configuring my OSC Bridge and key bindings for commands in my keyboard to have something kind of like your little beast. I look forward to the release. I’ll see you next week in the MOTU webminar!

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