March 2011

SBO Staff • ChoralMarch 2011New Products • March 22, 2011

Jangus Music’s Wi AudioStream EL

Jangus Music’s Wi AudioStream#153; EL Pocket Portable Stereo Digital Wireless Microphone Audio Monitoring System is described by the company as being the first stereo digital wireless system ever to combine all the features required for mini mic and in-ear monitoring in a small, rugged, lightweight design.

Weighing in at 1.08 Oz, this plug-and-play system quickly interchanges from an Ear-worn microphone to lavalier mic or audio monitoring system with a press of a button and swap of accessories, giving you the versatility and value of an all-in-one wireless solution for all types of sound system and computer applications. This fast-to-setup 2.4GHz stereo digital wireless system provides up to 100 feet of secure, uncompressed 16bit, 48kHz CD quality wireless audio connectivity and operates without radio frequency (RF) interference, signal loss, or crackle inherent in UHF/VHF systems.

Acesonic’s Multimedia Player

Acesonic has released the Blu-Ray Multimedia Karaoke Player, the Acesonic BDK-2000.

Acesonic’s BDK-2000 Blu-Ray Multimedia Karaoke Player is a multi-functional, high-definition, networked, multimedia player. It can play all media from discs, USB drives, local network or Internet in HD quality up to 1080P. The Acesonic Blu-Ray Multimedia Karaoke Player includes an HDMI port and it is compatible with the latest audio, video, picture and karaoke formats including MP3, WAV, WMA, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (AVI/VOB), MPEG-4 (AVI), DivX, MKV, RMVB, JPEG, and MP3+G files.

The built-in Blu-Ray multi-format player supports all types of discs such as Blu-Ray discs, DVDs, VCDs, CD+Gs, CDs, and data discs.

A built-in Ethernet port enables streaming content online via BD-Live or local network media files on a network PC or network storage. A built-in USB port allows for the user to play music, view pictures or videos stored on a USB drive.

The BDK-2000 includes the most commonly used buttons on the front panel for easy navigation. An optional rack-mount kit enables users to lock their player in any standard 19″ rack. The Player also features a headphone output jack, two microphone inputs and a built-in digital audio recording function. The player also includes adjustment for microphone bass, microphone treble, microphone volume, microphone echo, and a music equalizer to fine tune performance.

Music Bible Series from Book Sales

The Music Bible series of music instruction books for guitar, keyboard, drum, and saxophone players is now available. The packaging for these full color books is hardcover with internal wire binding and each comes with a CD. Some of the titles include: Learn to Play Guitar; Guitar Chord Bible; Learn to Play Keyboards; and How to Record Your Own Music and Get On the Internet.

FBT’s ProMaxX Series

FBT’s ProMaxX Series Powered and Passive Speaker Systems are designed, engineered, and manufactured in Italy. The ProMaxx Series consists of three two-way powered speakers and three two-way passive speakers in lightweight gas injected molded polypropylene cabinets, and a 1200wRMS powered subwoofer, constructed in Baltic birch plywood.

The three powered two-way models, the ProMaxX 14a, ProMaxX12a, ProMaxX 10a, all feature 600wRMS Class D LF amps and 300wRMS HF Class D amps with switch mode power supplies. The amps circuitry is enclosed in an aluminum chassis, whichacts as a heat sink to eliminate thermal shutdowns and the use of a fan to cool the amplifiers circuitry. Instead of rotary EQ controls, a new control panel features a DSP with eight factory EQ presets to provide easy EQ adjustment for a variety of applications. The control panels also feature balanced XLR in / signal thru out, a high pass filter switch, ground lift switch, volume control, power on, and protect and peak LED indicators.

All ProMaxX speakers feature neodymium magnet woofers with die cast aluminum frames and neodymium magnet HF Drivers with titanium diaphragms, custom made for FBT by BC Speakers. The ProMaxx14a, features a new 14″ woofer, to deliver a similar LF frequency response of 15″, in a smaller, yet more efficient package.

Yamaha Arius Digital Piano

Yamaha’s 88-note graded hammer action Arius YDP-161B digital piano features AWM Dynamic Sampled piano voices and comes in a new black walnut finish. Providing true piano touch and tone, the YDP-161B is suitable for beginners and experienced pianists alike. The half-damper effect gives players expressive control over sustained sounds when pedaling for a more realistic acoustic piano experience. The two-track song recorder is ideal for using built-in recordings of standard piano repertoire during practice.

Another feature is the ability to mute either hand of the 50 preset songs, letting players practice each hand independently at their own tempo until they’re ready to put the two parts together. Dual headphone jacks allow two people to sit at the instrument and play, practice or teach in privacy without making a sound out of the speaker system.

Sculpturra Digital Designer Styled Piano Line

Sculpturra’s lead model, the X2, has the outward appearance of a contemporary dining/console table measuring 25″x 63″, but the front portion of the unit folds down to reveal a full 88-key piano in a slide-out panel. There are also ten other models in sizes up to a full nine feet concert grand including a limited edition six feet designer grand. All Sculpturra models are designed in-house by Tom Van Rijn, who was trained in design and architecture in his native Holland.

Casio Privia PX-330

Casio’s Privia PX-330 digital piano features all new grand piano samples and a new Tri-Sensor 88-note scaled hammer action keyboard and weighs only 26 pounds. Four dynamic layers of stereo piano samples are integrated with Casio’s proprietary Linear Morphing System, for a grand piano sound with seamless transitions and a dynamic range. For added realism, the PX-330 simulates the sound of the open strings when the dampers are raised by the pedal using Acoustic Resonance DSP. The PX-330 also has 128-note polyphony, enough horsepower for the most demanding musical passages and the ability to layer sounds and use the damper pedal without worry of dropped notes. Utilizing the PX-330’s 250 on-board sounds and 180 rhythms, up to 16 tracks can be recorded. Accepting SD memory, songs can be saved and loaded to standard MIDI files from the Internet. The PX-330 features a built-in metronome and a pitch bend wheel.

New Choral Works from Carl Fischer

Carl Fischer has made available a new crop of choral works from BriLee Music for middle school and developing choral ensembles. Once again, BriLee has employed the talent of composers such as Vicki Tucker Courtney, Sandra Howard, Greg Gilpin, Earlene Rentz, Patrick M. Liebergen, and more. This new collection contains a wide assortment of folk songs, spirituals and arrangements of masterworks, focusing mainly on unison/two-part chorals, for developing and middle school groups. BriLee also offers selections for treble chorus, male chorus, or mixed ensemble. In particular, directors seeking chorals for the changing male voice will be especially pleased. Finally, BriLee continues to provide free Part-by-Part tracks for individual chorals in the 2011 collection: part-dominant MP3s for each voice part, as well as accompaniment and performance recordings all available for free at

Carl Fischer Music is also now distributing Balquhidder Music’s Complete Canzonets for Two Voices by Thomas Morley, edited by Mark Dulin. This volume contains the complete works from Thomas Morley’s First Book of Canzonets for Two Voices (BQ-119 – Performance Score – $11.95), and has already been praised as “masterfully adapted” for two trumpets by Chris Martin, Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. All of the music in this collection would originally have been sung, played on instruments or a combination of the two. As the original works do not indicate dynamics, tempo markings or articulation, Dulin elected to exclude them here as well.

Stone Soup: An Operatic Fable in One Delicious Act from Theodore Presser Company

Theodore Presser Company has announced the publication of Daniel Dorff’s widely-performed Stone Soup: An Operatic Fable in One Delicious Act (411-41126 – Piano/Vocal Score – $19.95), with libretto by Frank McQuilkin. Written for SATB solo voices and piano or orchestral accompaniment with optional SATB chorus, this light-hearted storytelling work was commissioned by the Young Audiences organization. Stone Soup has received well over a thousand school performances in its original piano version, as well as many full productions with orchestra. Using catchy tunes, humor, and a story about food, the message that “it takes all kinds of people to make up a happy town” is heard as a clear parallel to “it takes all kinds of food to make stone soup.”

IK Multimedia’s VocaLive App

IK Multimedia has announced that VocaLive#153;, the first professional performing and recording vocal processor app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, is now available for download from the iTunes App Store.

VocaLive provides vocalists with a suite of 12 real-time professional vocal effects along with a capable recorder for studio quality sound in a portable package. When used with the new iRig Mic, VocaLive gives singers an easy-to-use but extremely powerful music creation tool that provides professional results previously achievable only with expensive hardware or complex computer software.

VocaLive includes 5 Vocal Effects Pitch Fix (for tuning correction or stylized quantization FX), Choir (a 3-part harmonizer), Morph (an X-Y pitch and formant shifter that changes the tonal quality of the voice from subtle deepening to radical gender bending), De-Esser and Double (Double effect gets unlocked by registering) along with 7 Studio Effects Reverb, Delay, Parametric EQ, Compressor, Chorus, Phazer and Envelope Filter that together create the perfect vocal processing solution. The effects can be combined into a chain of three processors and saved as presets. A collection of dozens of Presets is also included to get users up and running immediately.

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