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  • Realtime Music Solutions May Have Your Distance Rehearsal Solution Today

    Mike Lawson | October 2, 2020

    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

    Mike Lawson | September 2, 2020

    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

    Dr. George Hess | July 31, 2020

    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

    Dr. George Hess | January 10, 2020

    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

    George Hess | November 1, 2019

    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

    Dr. George Hess | August 2, 2019

    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

    George Hess | April 10, 2019

    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

    Dr. George Hess | January 10, 2019

    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

    Robby Burns | August 30, 2018

    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

    Dr. George Hess | May 11, 2018

    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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  • WaveLab 9.5 Dedicated Mastering and Audio Editing Suite

    Dr. George Hess | January 8, 2018

    It wasn’t that long ago when there were quite a few dedicated audio editing and mastering programs available, but over the years, one by one, most have gone by the wayside.

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  • OWC Thunderbolt Dock

    Mike Lawson | December 6, 2017

    It was with great regret that I found myself giving up my early 2009 MacBook Pro 17” machine.

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