• Is Carbon Fiber the Solution for Class Ukulele and Guitar?

    Richard McCready | March 30, 2024Many schools in the US offer music instruction in class ukulele and class guitar. Fretted string instruments allow students to start playing songs quite quickly after learning two or three chords. Children begin a journey of musical discovery together playing simple songs, and many continue to play ukulele and/or guitar their whole lives. When teachers […] Read More...
  • Dorico 4 and Dorico for iPad 2 Pick Up the Pace

    George Hess | June 15, 2022When Dorico was first released, I was among the skeptics as the program lacked many essential functions. My opinion quickly changed as an ambitious update schedule added the missing tools, and many went beyond what other programs could do. Dorico is now a mature program with all the expected functions. But while there were hints […] Read More...
  • Steinberg’s Absolute 5 Ticks All the Boxes

    George Hess | March 18, 2022Back in the hardware-only days of the 1980s, every great new keyboard synth came with an equally great price tag. Even when they started putting out rackmount versions for about half price, a fully-equipped studio required an investment beyond the reach of the average musician. As computers became more powerful, software synthesizers appeared, which made […] Read More...
  • Steinberg Introduces Dorico for iPad

    SBO Staff | July 28, 2021Steinberg’s next-generation music notation software, Dorico, is now available for the iPad for free, marking the beginning of its next great evolutionary leap. Steinberg today announces the immediate availability of the latest product in its family of music notation, composition and publishing software, Dorico for iPad, which can be downloaded now from the App Store, […] Read More...
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dorico 3.5: Innovation in Notation

    Mike Lawson | 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.

  • Reference 4: Room EQ Made Simple

    Mike Lawson | 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.

  • Steinberg’s Dorico 3

    Mike Lawson | 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.

  • Soundtrap: Musicmaking and Podcasting for the Classroom

    Mike Lawson | 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.

  • Eventide H9 Max: Big Effects in a Small Package

    Mike Lawson | 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.

  • Steinberg Does Jazz

    Mike Lawson | 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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