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    • Harvard Book Store Presents A Virtual Event: David Sulzer ‘Music, Math, and Mind: The Physics and Neuroscience of Music’

      CAMBRIDGE, MA – On Friday, May 14, at 7pm ET, Harvard Book Store will presenting a virtual event titled, “David Sulzer Music, Math, and Mind: The Physics and Neuroscience of Music.” Tickets are free, with a $5 suggested contribution. To register, go to https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wnibZL1NQU-iudN5DO4GAg More details from Harvard Book Store About Music, Math, and Mind […]

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    • The Guitar Center Music Foundation Fulfilled Grants for Music Programs Nationwide

      The COVID-19 pandemic has affected so many members of the music community, but the Guitar Center Music Foundation (GCMF), a non-profit dedicated to helping support musicians and music education programs, was able to make a significant mark in keeping the music going across the country by providing monetary assistance to over 200 musicians and instruments […]

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    • Buffet Crampon 1180 Student Bass Clarinet

      Featuring an African blackwood body, silver-plated keys and simplified register key design, the 1180 student bass clarinet retains many of the acoustic properties of the legendary Prestige bass models while still being an affordable option for school music programs.  The 1180 also has range to low E-flat and a sturdy, lightweight case with latches for […]

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    • Former U.S. Secretary of Education Duncan Announced as Keynote Speaker for the NAMM Advocacy Summit

      Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education and current managing partner at Emerson Collective, will kick off NAMM’s Virtual Advocacy Summit with a discussion about leading change—and leadership during times of change. Gather online with NAMM members, music educators, parent advocates, and nonprofit and community organization leaders to strengthen music education advocacy to assure music […]

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    • Two New Graphic Practice Pads from Vic Firth

      The Avedis Zildjian Company, parent company of Vic Firth, has announced the introduction of two new products into its lineup of practice accessories, the Vic Firth Digital Camo Practice Pads, and the Vic Firth VF Practice Pads. The Vic Firth Digital Camo pad surface offers a fun take on a modern digital camouflage graphic, and […]

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    • DirectOut Adding NMOS to EXBOX.RAV Interface

      DirectOut Technologies has further expanded the capabilities of its recently released RAVENNA/MADI converter EXBOX.RAV adding NMOS IS-04 and IS-05 support. More details from DirectOut (www.directout.eu): NMOS (Networked Media Open Specifications) is a suite of specifications for stream discovery and connection management developed and maintained by the AMWA filling a gap left open by the AES67 […]

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    • Inaugural “Music at the Intersection” Festival Set for Sept. 10-12 in St. Louis

      Organizers of the inaugural “Music at the Intersection” festival recently announced the artist lineup and ticket packages for the event, which is set to take place Sept. 10-12 in the Grand Center Arts District in St. Louis. The event will feature six stages and 60+ acts including Lalah Hathaway, Gregory Porter and Roy Ayers. More […]

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    • DC Jazz Festival Announces 2021 Lineup for the 17th Annual DC Jazz Fest (Sept. 1-5)

      WASHINGTON, DC – The DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) recently announced the official lineup for the 17th Annual DC JazzFest, which will take place from September 1-5, with 20+ concerts, interviews, and exclusive events. More details from www.dcjazzfest.org: This year’s celebration features a diverse cast of both local and international jazz talent. DCJF’s signature event, DC JazzFest at The […]

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    • University of Kentucky Announces First Woman Director of Wildcat Marching Band

      The University of Kentucky announced May 7 that Shayna Stahl had been named director of Athletic Bands and assistant director of Bands in the School of Music. Stahl will become the first woman to serve as the director of the Wildcat Marching Band. Stahl will also serve as director of the UK Pep Bands and as the conductor of the UK Concert Band.

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    • jj Babbitt Co. Under New Ownership

      Steve Rorie, who joined jj Babbitt as president in 2019, announced his purchase of the company from the Reglein Trust on May 7. The 102-year-old manufacturer of mouthpiece brands Meyer, Otto Link, Hite and many others for saxophones and clarinets will remain based in Elkhart, IN.

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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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    • Buffet Crampon 1180 Student Bass Clarinet

      Featuring an African blackwood body, silver-plated keys and simplified register key design, the 1180 student bass clarinet retains many of the acoustic properties of the legendary Prestige bass models while still being an affordable option for school music programs.  The 1180 also has range to low E-flat and a sturdy, lightweight case with latches for […]

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    • Two New Graphic Practice Pads from Vic Firth

      The Avedis Zildjian Company, parent company of Vic Firth, has announced the introduction of two new products into its lineup of practice accessories, the Vic Firth Digital Camo Practice Pads, and the Vic Firth VF Practice Pads. The Vic Firth Digital Camo pad surface offers a fun take on a modern digital camouflage graphic, and […]

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    • DirectOut Adding NMOS to EXBOX.RAV Interface

      DirectOut Technologies has further expanded the capabilities of its recently released RAVENNA/MADI converter EXBOX.RAV adding NMOS IS-04 and IS-05 support. More details from DirectOut (www.directout.eu): NMOS (Networked Media Open Specifications) is a suite of specifications for stream discovery and connection management developed and maintained by the AMWA filling a gap left open by the AES67 […]

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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.

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    • Notysing Music Notation Learning App Named EdTech Awards Finalist for 2021

      Stockholm, Sweden-based Doremir Music Research announced May 4 that its new app Notysing has been named a “Cool Tool Finalist 2021” in the global EdTech Awards. The educational app also received a 4.5 out of 5.0 star review by educators at the Educational App Store.

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    • B&S Announces $200 Rebates for MBX Heritage Trumpets

      For the entire month of May 2021, B&S is offering customers $200 off their purchase of the newest innovation among the X-line, the B&S MBX Heritage Bb trumpet. Inspired by renowned French commercial player and B&S Performing artist, Christian Martinez, the MBXH design offers so many new facets of sound, identity, harmonics, body, and ease.

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    • Buffet Crampon Prodige Oboe Comes with Rebate Offer for May

      The student-friendly Buffet Crampon Prodige performance oboe (BC4062-2-0P), first introduced in 2016 to replace the 4052 performance oboe, is being offered with a long list of unique features along with a $100 instant rebate offer for the month of May.

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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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