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  • Cubase 9: An Educated View

    Dr. George Hess | November 6, 2017

    Of all the types of music software available, digital audio workstations (DAW) are the most fun. They allow anyone to record and edit their music with unbelievably powerful tools that would have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars not that long ago.

  • The New SmartMusic

    Dr. George Hess | August 11, 2017

    Most teachers would agree, there’s no more important aspect to learning to sing or play an instrument than regular structured practice.

  • Truly Drill-ceptional: The Two Women Who Are Making Music Theory a Breeze

    Victoria Wasylak | July 14, 2017

    No matter how many times stores and programs frame learning music as a “fun” thing, learning music theory has never been inherently exciting (and for many, not even remotely enjoyable).

  • London Contemporary Orchestra Strings: Cutting Edge Sample Library Spitfire Audio

    Dr. George Hess | June 19, 2017

    There are extended techniques, and then there are extended techniques.

  • How to Choose a PA System for Your Marching Program

    Brian Stith | May 12, 2017

    Band directors need to communicate with their students on the field, in the stands, and sometimes even in the rehearsal hall.

  • Finale 25 Reviewed

    Dr. George Hess | April 7, 2017

    Few software programs have had the staying power of Finale. When it was released it immediately became the standard by which all other notation programs were measured.

  • DORICO – Steinberg’s Next Generation Notation Program

    Dr. George Hess | March 20, 2017

    Rarely has a software program been as anticipated as Steinberg’s new notation program. If you don’t know the story, a few years back, Avid decided to let go of the Sibelius development team and Steinberg hired the core team to develop Dorico.

  • Notion 6

    Dr. George Hess | November 11, 2016

    Handles are used to adjust staves, systems and other entries.

    With this new version, Notion enters the realm of professional notation programs.

  • Planning Checklist for Recording Your Band

    Roger Nichols | October 7, 2016

    It takes more than just plugging in a microphone and pushing a record button to make a good recording. It’s important to understand how sound works and why. How it is shaped, how it is captured, and the entire process is important to making great recordings. It’s critical that you’re thinking about these as you plan and prepare for your sessions if you want to insure maximum quality and professional results every time.

  • IK Multimedia iRig HD 2

    Sharon Paquette Lose | October 6, 2016

    IK Multimedia iRig HD 2 is the sequel to the iRig HD digital guitar interface for iPhone, iPad, Mac & PC. The iRig HD 2 features 24-bit analog-to-digital conversion and a best-in-class 96kHz sample rate that delivers a noiseless guitar signal to devices and computers. It features an input gain control for dialing in the right amount of signal for playing and recording and a multicolor LED indicator for precise signal monitoring.

  • Choosing Studio Monitors for Your Band Room

    Bobby Owsinski, Dennis Moody | September 8, 2016

    It’s surprising that so many monitors are chosen by a review or word of mouth, since they’re such a personal item. Here are some things to think about before you purchase a set of speakers.’

  • 35 Years of Pyware Software for Drill Design: 1981-2016

    Marty Steiner | September 8, 2016

    It all started with pins in a corkboard or tin soldiers on a tabletop or drafting tools and a blank sheet of paper. “Brilliant” ideas played out with notes scribbled on whatever was handy. Band directors took these notes and ideas to the practice field and literally moved their people around just like the pins and toy soldiers to create the formations....and voila... a field show.

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