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    • Detroit Symphony Orchestra Musicians to Mentor Interlochen Arts Camp Students This Summer

      DSO musicians will lead master classes in each orchestral instrument for Interlochen Arts Camp intermediate and high school campers July 30-31. The classes will take place via Zoom, with students participating from Interlochen’s Music Center. Students enrolled in Interlochen Online summer sessions will also be invited to observe the classes.

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    • Carnegie Hall Announces Teen Musicians Selected for 2021 National Youth Ensembles

      On April 15, Carnegie Hall announced teen musicians selected for the 2021 National Youth Ensembles, including the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, NYO2, and NYO Jazz.

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    • MMR, Sister Publication to SBO, Donates Archived Magazines to the NAMM Resource Center

      Timeless Communications president Terry Lowe donated the archives of SBO sister publication Musical Merchandise Review magazine to NAMM’s Resource Center. MMR’s first issue was published in 1879.

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    • Rez Abbasi Named 2021 Guggenheim Fellow

      Guitarist and composer Rez Abbasi, one of the most celebrated artistic voices of his generation, has been named a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow in Music Composition. He’s one of 184 artists, writers, scholars and scientists, 13 in the area of Music Composition, receiving this year’s award. A veteran of fourteen albums as a leader, his deep […]

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    • NAMM Foundation Honors Communities and Schools for Music Education Efforts

      The NAMM Foundation recently recognized 686 school districts in 40 states as among the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME). Along with the association’s celebration of K-12 music teachers who have found creative solutions amid a global pandemic, 80 U.S. schools are being honored with SupportMusic Merit Awards.

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    • Avedis Zildjian Co. Launches Vic Firth Drumchain

      The Avedis Zildjian Company, parent company of Vic Firth, recently launched the Vic Firth Drumchain, a new initiative to help bring musicians together in times where being able to connect is more important than ever before.

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    • Hal Leonard Publishes Music from Netflix’s Bridgerton Series

      Hal Leonard noted the release of music from Netflix’s Bridgerton Series. The show’s two soundtracks have topped album charts at both iTunes and Billboard and have won rave reviews from music and pop culture media alike. Five of the show’s string quartet arrangements are available. They include “Wildest Dreams” (Taylor Swift) as arranged by Duomo, and “Bad Guy” (Billie Eilish), “In My Blood” (Shawn Mendes), “Thank U, Next” (Ariana Grande), and “Girls Like You” (Maroon 5) as arranged by Vitamin String Quartet.

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    • 15-Watt Howitzer Guitar Preamp/Amp from Electro-Harmonix

      Electro-Harmonix announces a new ultra-compact 15-watt guitar preamp/amp with Volume, Gain, Bass, Mid and Treble controls plus a Bright switch and a built-in Effects Loop. Designed with extreme portability in mind, the 15Watt Howitzer can be mounted on a pedalboard or tucked away in a gig bag, and will work with any speaker cabinet rated at 8 or 16 ohms. The 15Watt Howitzer comes equipped with its own 24VDC/1.0A Power Supply and features a USA street price of $127.80.

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    • Dominant Pro from Thomastik-Infeld

      Since 1970, the playing styles and ideas surrounding sound have been expanded. With increased regularity musicians asked for the development of an additional set similar to Dominant that expands upon the possibilities of the existing strings. Thomastik-Infeld answered this request with the launch of its latest string revolution: Dominant Pro. This new set (DP100) was not aimed to change the basic character of Dominant, but rather to offer an additional, contemporary repertoire of strings.

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    • Roland Announces JD-800 Model Expansion

      Roland announces the JD-800 Model Expansion, the latest addition to the ZEN-Core Model Expansion lineup available through Roland Cloud. Based on Roland’s influential JD-800 hardware synthesizer released in 1991, the JD-800 Model Expansion celebrates the 30th anniversary of this vintage digital icon by bringing it to modern players through the ZENOLOGY Software Synthesizer and select Roland hardware instruments with the ZEN-Core Synthesis System.

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    • Realtime Music Solutions May Have Your Distance Rehearsal Solution Today

      For over two decades, New York City-based Realtime Music Solutions (RMS) has been delivering solutions for rehearsing music to the musical theater market. Through software products, RMS has helped countless national, regional, and local theater productions, in addition to serving the school musical production community. And like everyone, when COVID-19 hit, their business was hit hard. No productions means no rehearsals.

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    • JamKazam Just May Save Ensembles in a Virtual Teaching World

      JamKazam founder David Wilson was a band kid growing up. He started on trumpet then switched to euphonium. He raised band kids. His eldest son played sax and his daughter plays trumpet in the marching band at Baylor. JamKazam is an online real-time group performance platform for Windows and Mac OS computers. It allows musicians to hear and perform with each other with extremely low latency, and even stream the sum of that performance out via video to YouTube and Facebook Live.

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    • Dorico 3.5: Innovation in Notation

      Steinberg’s music notation program, Dorico, has a fascinating history. From the outset, there were rumors and conjectures about what to expect from this new product, followed by an initial release that was clearly incomplete, leaving many to wonder if and when we would see a fully functional program.

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    • Reference 4: Room EQ Made Simple

      If you follow any of the online groups on music production, you know a day doesn’t go by when someone doesn’t ask about what gear they should buy for their studios. The responses predictably include everyone’s favorite mics, plug-ins, and speakers.

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    • Steinberg’s Dorico 3

      The latest version of Dorico, Steinberg’s professional engraving program, has been released, and it includes an impressive list of new features and improvements.

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    • Soundtrap: Musicmaking and Podcasting for the Classroom

      Those of you who are old enough might remember Moore’s Law, the idea that computing power would double every 1-2 years.

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    • Eventide H9 Max: Big Effects in a Small Package

      Eventide has a long history of innovation and quality. In the mid-70s, they were the first to bring a digital effects device to market with the H910 Harmonizer. By the 1980s, the H3000 Ultra-Harmonizer added intelligent scalar harmonization and became standard equipment in top studios around the world.

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    • Steinberg Does Jazz

      Jazz has always been something of an afterthought in music technology. Other than programs like Band in a Box, support for jazz notation and performance practices has been somewhat limited and often required jazz composers to resort to convoluted workarounds.

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    • Mastering Organization in Rehearsal Using iPads

      Chances are likely that you have heard of a few iPad apps for use in the classroom. Like me, you may have heard about so many of them that you can’t even remember them all — or you have made it so far as to download them and now hundreds of little icons have been left untouched in a folder called “Music,” sitting on your home screen.

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    • ASSR Session Files: An SBO Best Tools for Schools 2018 Award Winner

      Wandering around the NAMM show is an experience in cacophony. Between product demos, artist presentations, and the thousands of attendees trying out the latest gear, it’s hard to hear yourself think.

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    • Hal Leonard Publishes Music from Netflix’s Bridgerton Series

      Hal Leonard noted the release of music from Netflix’s Bridgerton Series. The show’s two soundtracks have topped album charts at both iTunes and Billboard and have won rave reviews from music and pop culture media alike. Five of the show’s string quartet arrangements are available. They include “Wildest Dreams” (Taylor Swift) as arranged by Duomo, and “Bad Guy” (Billie Eilish), “In My Blood” (Shawn Mendes), “Thank U, Next” (Ariana Grande), and “Girls Like You” (Maroon 5) as arranged by Vitamin String Quartet.

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    • 15-Watt Howitzer Guitar Preamp/Amp from Electro-Harmonix

      Electro-Harmonix announces a new ultra-compact 15-watt guitar preamp/amp with Volume, Gain, Bass, Mid and Treble controls plus a Bright switch and a built-in Effects Loop. Designed with extreme portability in mind, the 15Watt Howitzer can be mounted on a pedalboard or tucked away in a gig bag, and will work with any speaker cabinet rated at 8 or 16 ohms. The 15Watt Howitzer comes equipped with its own 24VDC/1.0A Power Supply and features a USA street price of $127.80.

      Read More
    • Dominant Pro from Thomastik-Infeld

      Since 1970, the playing styles and ideas surrounding sound have been expanded. With increased regularity musicians asked for the development of an additional set similar to Dominant that expands upon the possibilities of the existing strings. Thomastik-Infeld answered this request with the launch of its latest string revolution: Dominant Pro. This new set (DP100) was not aimed to change the basic character of Dominant, but rather to offer an additional, contemporary repertoire of strings.

      Read More
    • Roland Announces JD-800 Model Expansion

      Roland announces the JD-800 Model Expansion, the latest addition to the ZEN-Core Model Expansion lineup available through Roland Cloud. Based on Roland’s influential JD-800 hardware synthesizer released in 1991, the JD-800 Model Expansion celebrates the 30th anniversary of this vintage digital icon by bringing it to modern players through the ZENOLOGY Software Synthesizer and select Roland hardware instruments with the ZEN-Core Synthesis System.

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    • Besson BE165 ‘Prodige’

      The Besson ‘Prodige’ Euphonium has everything advancing euphonium players need to bring their sound and playing to the next level.

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    • Marantz Professional Debuts MPM-4000U Podcast Mic

      Marantz Professional has announced the introduction of the MPM-4000U Podcast Mic, a no-nonsense, studio-grade USB microphone designed to make podcasting easy. Engineered for any digital broadcasting application where hassle-free, pristine sound capture is required, the MPM-4000U also comes with recording software so aspiring podcasters are ready to create, right out of the box. The control […]

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    • Excelcia Music Publishing Launches New 2021 String Orchestra Release

      Excelcia Music Publishing has published 30 new string orchestra pieces from established and up-and-coming composers in its 2021 String Orchestra music release.

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    • PRS Guitars Announces Limited Edition Antique White SE Parlor Acoustics

      PRS Guitars has announced a Limited Edition SE parlor acoustic in Antique White. This Limited Edition maintains all the original appointments of the PRS SE P20E with the addition of an Antique White solid-mahogany top paired with natural mahogany back and sides. The Antique White PRS SE P20E is limited to 3,500 pieces worldwide.

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    • Luna Unveils High-End Vineyard Series Ukuleles

      Available in concert and tenor sizes, the Vineyard Series represents a unique new level of high-end Luna ukuleles, complete with eye-catching craftsmanship including a bevel, slotted headstock, and solid koa top with intricate designs. Vineyard Series ukuleles feature Fishman’s Kula Ukulele Onboard Preamp System with onboard tuner, so players can be ready to dial in their sound quickly, plug into an amp, and hit the stage. Whether the player has a solid musical foundation or is simply looking to make an artistic impression, Luna’s Vineyard Series ukuleles are designed for creative growth.

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    • New Clarinets from Buffet Crampon

      The Buffet Crampon E12F semi-professional clarinet has firmly established itself as a go-to step-up, semi-professional clarinet. It gives clarinetists an excellent option to upgrade from a student clarinet while still remaining affordable, with many of the features found on Buffet Crampon professional clarinets.

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