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FeaturesFebruary 2021 February 6, 2021

Tradition on the Move, HBCU Bands Tell the Story

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FeaturesFebruary 2021 February 6, 2021

National Museum of African American Music Opens in Nashville

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FeaturesFebruary 2021 February 5, 2021

The 2021 SBO Directors’ Resource Guide

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FeaturesJanuary 2021 January 8, 2021

2020 Survey Report on COVID-19’s Impact

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The Lewis Prize for Music: A Revolutionary Grant

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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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    • Murphy Music Press Releases Beginning Band Adaptable Series

      Murphy Music Press’ Beginning Band Adaptable Series is now available. The first two volumes feature a collection of eight new Grade 0.5 compositions for flexible instrumentation.

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    • Hal Leonard Virtual Choir Toolkits Provide Audio Tracks & Licensing for Virtual Performances

      For the past year, choir directors have been challenged with keeping their choirs singing together in any way possible. Hal Leonard and Shawnee Press have just released a series of Virtual Choir Toolkits that make directors’ tasks a little easier. Each kit includes downloadable demonstration, accompaniment, and part-dominant recordings along with licensing permissions needed to […]

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    • “Ukulele for Young Beginners” by Jake Shimabukuro

      Anyone who’s attended a Jake Shimabukuro concert or workshop knows what a remarkable ukulele player he is, and how amiable and charismatic he can be. With all of these abilities, it’s no wonder he’s great with kids, too. This book also uses video lessons to help kids learn how to play the ukulele.

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    • ISP Technologies “In Mask” Microphone System

      ISP Technologies’ Classroom Infrared Amplification System promises to enhance voice clarity with a miniature microphone installed directly into the mask. The company says its design has an advantage over other systems that are designed to use a hanging pendant microphone, hand held microphone or over the ear microphone that amplifies an already-muffled voice.

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    • IK Multimedia iRig Pre 2 Mobile XLR Microphone Interface

      IK Multimedia announces iRig Pre 2, the pocket-sized mic preamp and interface that lets creators, musicians and journalists easily use XLR mics to record, perform and stream with an iPhone*, iPad, Android device or DSLR camera. More details from IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com): The sequel to the best-selling mobile mic preamp of all time, iRig Pre […]

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    • DirectOut and Vivivaldy to Launch ViViD for Easy Internet Remote Production

      MITTWEIDA, Germany – Following the recent announcement of their collaboration, DirectOut and Vivivaldy introduce “ViViD”, a customized service that permits audio professionals to easily setup remote productions using standard internet connections. More details from DirectOut (www.directout.eu): The increasing demand for remote interaction of artists and sound engineers has led the two companies to offer consultancy […]

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    • Paiste’s Signature Series Revival

      Paiste has announced a new phase of Signature Series re-launches and new models, including 19“ & 20“ Power Crash models, 20“ & 22“ Power Rides, 14“ & 15“ Power Hi-Hats, the 14“ Heavy Hi-Hat and, for the first time, Paiste’s 22” Mellow Ride.

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    • Dixon’s Precision Coil Direct Drive Single and Double Bass Drum

      Dixon Precision Coil pedals are a high-powered alternative to traditional rocking spring pedals, featuring the direct transfer of energy from its open coil helical spring to the footboard for increased precision and control. Precision Coil’s open-coil helical spring, enclosed in a cast aluminum chamber, connects directly to the beater hub for an extremely efficient transfer of energy, topped off with an adjustable aluminum beater.

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    • Yamaha DGX-670 Digital Piano

      Yamaha’s DGX-670 digital piano features a modern, attractive aesthetic and a simplified user interface. The new “Portable Grand” ensemble instrument is a full, 88-note weighted action keyboard with exceptional playability, superb sound and visual appeal, making it ideal for beginners and accomplished pianists.

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    • ’44 Melodious & Technical Etudes For Trumpet’ from Kendor Music

      44 Melodious & Technical Etudes For Trumpet offers 44 etudes, providing a wide range of different musical styles, ranging from technical drills to lyrical melodies.

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