March, 2010

SBO Staff • ChoralMay 2010New Products • May 19, 2010

Superscope 400 Series of Digital Recording Systems

Superscope’s PSD410 and PSD450 400 Series of professional music practice and digital recording systems are portable SD Card and HDD audio recorders that can record MP3 files or WAV files using 16 or 24 bit. The USB interface allows for easy transfer of files to a computer or onto a USB storage device. The PSD410 is a SD Card recorder and the PSD450 features a 40GB hard drive and a CD burner for creating audio CDs and custom play lists. Both models are portable and can be battery operated.

On Broadway Songbook

Alfred Publishing’s On Broadway Songbook was compiled by Andy Beck and Brian Fisher. This collection features musical theatre repertoire in original keys, suitable for auditions or performance and appropriate for singers of any age. The book includes a full page of background information about each song. The CD includes “full track” piano accompaniments as well as “short track” accompaniments (without repeats) for nine of the solos.

VocoPro’s V-BANK

The V-BANK from VocoPro is a dual deck multi-format DVD/hard drive system with DVD/AVI/MP3 ripper. The V-BANK features two 500GB hard drives, dual USB drive and SD card inputs, digital key control, pitch control, and media ripping capability. This unit builds on VocoPro’s Media Jukebox technology to create a massive media vault to store and play a digital library of music and video. With disc ripping capability, you can copy any non-copy protected CD, DVD, or DivX discs that you own to the on-board hard drives.

Avid’s Auralia and Musition Music Theory Software

Avid has released Auralia 4 and Musition 4, new software solutions that provide musicians, student, and educators with flexible tools for ear-training and music theory education. Designed for musicians of all levels, Auralia and Musition offer drill-based, interactive instruction through versatile but structured exercises, and give users instant feedback to their performance so they can achieve maximum potential. Both programs also offer comprehensive Solfge support, and include customizable syllabi from AP Music Theory and Trinity Guildhall. And for the first time, Auralia and Musition are available for both Windows and Mac OS X platforms with the same feature set.

Neumann’s TLM 102 Microphone

Neumann’s newest large-diaphragm microphone, the TLM 102, is 13 percent smaller than the TLM 103 and is designed for home and project-based recording studios, economically minded broadcast facilities, and traveling musicians. The new microphone comes in a black or nickel finish. The foam-lined grille of the TLM 102 helps to naturally reduce harsh “p” and “s” sounds, without the need of a pop filter. In addition, the elastically mounted capsule helps to reduce the sound of structure-borne noise without the need for an expensive shockmount.

Hal Leonard’s Don’t Stop Believin’ Sheet Music from “Glee”

Performed by the cast of 20th Century Fox Television’s musical comedy “Glee,” singers can recreate the sounds from the show as Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) attempts to transform the Glee Club and inspire a group of ragtag performers to make it to the Show Choir Nationals. Available separately for: SATB, SAB, SSA, ShowTrax CD. Combo parts available digitally (tpt 1, tpt 2, tsax, tbn, syn, gtr, b, dm). Piano accompaniment sheet music is included.

BriLee Music and Carl Fischer’s Part-by-Part Series

BriLee Music and Carl Fischer’s Part-by-Part Series is a resource of downloadable choral MP3s. An example of the many works that are available is “Antiphonal Kyrie,” two-part, unaccompanied, with music by Susan Thrift. The traditional ABA form of the “Kyrie” is supported by a change from the #149;antiphonal’ section of the “Kyrie” with the more homophonic treatment of the “Christe” in this setting. Susan Thrift also uses meter to reinforce form as she moves from the common time of the “Kyrie” to the 3/4 signature in the B section. This is a very sensitive setting of the familiar prayer and is suitable for both concert and festival use.

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