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    • PreSonus MicroStation BT

      The new PreSonus MicroStation BT Bluetooth 5.0 stereo monitor controller receives audio from a phone, tablet, or other Bluetooth source and feeds it to your full-range powered speakers. The MicroStation BT also can be hardwired to a powered subwoofer to create a 2.1 listening environment. More details from PreSonus (www.presonus.com): Quickly pair your Bluetooth-enabled device […]

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    • Composer and Alumnus David Serkin Ludwig Named Dean and Director of Juilliard’s Music Division

      NEW YORK – Following an extensive search, Juilliard has named composer and alumnus David Serkin Ludwig as dean and director of Juilliard’s Music Division. More details from Juilliard (www.juilliard.edu): Ludwig, an alumnus of Juilliard (Graduate Diploma ’02, composition), comes from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he currently serves as the Gie and Lisa Liem […]

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    • Virginia Arts Festival’s Concert Truck Ready to Roll with Free Outdoor Classical Concerts May 12-15

      Virginia Arts Festival’s community outreach continues this spring season as the Festival presents “The Concert Truck,” featuring free, accessible outdoor concerts in area locations May 12-15. More details from the Virginia Arts Festival (www.vafest.org): The Concert Truck is directly aligned with the Festival’s mission to bring world-class performing arts to citizens and visitors, and to […]

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    • Hal Leonard’s Virtual Music Education Summit Set for July 29-30

      Hal Leonard announced plans for its Virtual Music Education Summit on Thursday & Friday, July 29-30 2021. More details from Hal Leonard (www.halleonard.com): As we prepare for the 2021-2022 school year, we are all looking forward to rebuilding our music programs and engaging our students in class and at home. This free virtual music education […]

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    • It Don’t Come Easy

      It’s a Ringo Starr song title, not incorrect grammar, per se. Isn’t it the truth? Learning an instrument is hard work. It’s fun work, but it is hard work. Maintaining your level of competence is hard work. Growing further beyond your level of competence is hard work. I finally got to return to the stage […]

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    • 21st Annual SBO Essay Contest

      “How has playing an instrument changed for you during the pandemic?” was the theme of SBO’s 21st annual scholarship essay contents. Nearly 2000 entries were submitted by students competing for ten, $1,000 scholarships. The awards are being given to five students in grades 4 to 8 and five students grades 9 to 12 and their […]

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    • On the Road Again: A Return to Travel

      As vaccine distribution is well underway and some schools are transitioning to in-person classes (and not to mention summer break coming up), there’s a long-awaited feeling of positivity in the air. While we can’t quite call it a return to normalcy, it feels good to be moving forward. Spring is normally a time of field […]

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    • How to Add Reverb

      Just about every DAW, mixer or PA head now has built-in reverb and while it’s amazing that you can change the ambience in your mix with the flick of a wrist, it’s very common to get less than stellar results. The problem is that many users think that all they have to do is select […]

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    • Recruiting Students: Back to Basics

      We have all spent more time in our kitchens in the past year, which can be a good thing or too much of a good thing. I’ve come to appreciate that satisfying meals can be made with a limited number of ingredients; no fancy equipment or mad chef-y skills required. So, too, do I appreciate […]

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    • Choosing a Focus in Guitar Class

      Selecting the Right Method for You and Your Students Choosing a method book for any class or ensemble can be daunting. In a guitar class the options are even more diverse than in an orchestra or band classroom, and you have the added hurdle that for many of us guitar is not our first instrument, […]

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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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    • PreSonus MicroStation BT

      The new PreSonus MicroStation BT Bluetooth 5.0 stereo monitor controller receives audio from a phone, tablet, or other Bluetooth source and feeds it to your full-range powered speakers. The MicroStation BT also can be hardwired to a powered subwoofer to create a 2.1 listening environment. More details from PreSonus (www.presonus.com): Quickly pair your Bluetooth-enabled device […]

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    • Chedeville Elite Bass Clarinet Mouthpiece

      Chedeville, which recently announced their SAV Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece, is also debuting their Elite Bass Clarinet Mouthpiece, touted for its warm clarinet tone and excellent control and intonation.

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    • Chedeville SAV Bb Clarinet Mouthpiece

      Chedeville says its SAV Clarinet Mouthpiece combines the best qualities of the company’s Umbra and Elite models. More details from Chedeville (www.chedeville.com): The SAV has the beautiful dark warmth of the Umbra with the free blowing clean articulation of the Elite. We took everything we have learned from our previous mouthpieces and rolled them into […]

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    • Warwick Black Label Bass String Sets

      Choosing the “right” set of strings might be the most important step for a bass player in the search for the perfect tone. The strings define the direction long before the pickups, the pots, or the amp come into play. Warwick Black Label Nickel-Plated Steel Strings offer a smooth tight feeling and a rich. warm sound. Six different sets are available.

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    • Zildjian Introduces Two New Practice Pads

      The Avedis Zildjian Company has introduced two new practice pad options into its lineup of accessories. The Zildjian Galaxy and Zildjian Graffiti pads offer a fun and visually exciting pad with great feel, response and versatility.

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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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    • Besson BE165 “Prodige” Euphonium

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

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