Time+Space announces Garritan Orchestra offers

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Time+Space has announced a limited time promotion on Garritan’s Personal and Instant Orchestra libraries.

Time+Space Garritan Orschestra promotion

Garritan’s Personal and Instant Orchestra libraries give the ability to instantly produce orchestral music easily and are on offer from 1st-30th September with a huge 40% off.

Personal Orchestra is an award winning high quality orchestral library that has become the industry standard. It has developed an enthusiastic following for its versatility and ability to create realistic sounding orchestral music quickly and easily.

Instant Orchestra is for those who do not want to spend time building orchestrations with one instrument or section at a time. It provides pre- packaged groups of instruments, combined sections, orchestral effects, and mood-based presets. Instant Orchestra is designed for those who know little about orchestration or do not have the time to build them. The idea is to provide a large variety of lush, playable orchestrations with the least time and effort.

Until September 30th, 2014, Personal Orchestra and Instant Orchestra are available at the discounted price of £57.95 GBP and £69.95 GBP respectively.

More information: Time+Space / Garritan

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MakeMusic releases Finale 2014b

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MakeMusic Finale 2014

MakeMusic has released Finale 2014b, a free update for the music notiation software for Windows.

Finale is the world-wide industry standard in music notation software. Anywhere music appears on the printed page, Finale likely created those pages. Finale helps the choir to sing, the band to march, the students to learn, and the orchestra to raise the excitement level in the latest blockbuster movie.

Changes in Finale 2014b

  • Mac highlights include:
    • Many audio-related crashes have been fixed and USB mono input devices no longer cause errors.
    • Bank volume settings are retained and all Garritan Instruments for Finale instruments respond to Mixer volume controls.
    • Unicode characters no longer cause file name problems and error messages are more descriptive.
    • Several view/display issues and application switching problems have been addressed.
  • Windows highlights include:
    • Audio Engine errors no longer appear with some ASIO audio devices and USB mono input devices no longer cause errors.
    • Unicode characters no longer cause file name problems, backup and auto-save files are included in Open dialogs, and error messages are more descriptive.
  • Highlights for both Mac and Windows users include:
    • Human Playback correctly interprets glissandi, fp markings, and articulation trills, and also recognizes keyswitches in all layers.
    • Notes on the opposite stem side in cluster chords can be selected, and rests can be repositioned when Consolidate Rests Across Layers is enabled.
    • Multiple MIDI file fixes include proper percussion import and retention of track/staff names and key signatures.
    • Numerous crashing situations have been fixed, and file saving speed and Score Manager performance have been improved.

Finale 2014 is available for purchsase for $600 USD (retail) / $350 USD (academic/theological), with various upgrade options available as well. Finale 2014b is a free update now available to registered Finale 2014 owners.

More information: Finale

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MakeMusic and Abbey Road Studios release Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand

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Garrian XFX Concert Grand

MakeMusic and Abbey Road Studios have announced the release Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand, a new virtual piano instrument.

To create this new instrument, Yamaha’s flagship CFX Concert Grand piano was recorded in Abbey Road Studios’ historic Studio One by renowned engineers, blending the latest technology with legendary equipment and acoustics.

“We are very pleased to announce that we have released the CFX Concert Grand,” said Gary Garritan, MakeMusic director of instrumental sciences. “This is the most detailed and advanced project our team has completed. We are honored to have this partnership with Abbey Road Studios, and the support of Yamaha, and are excited about the enthusiastic reaction this virtual piano has received so far. Today we’re proud to make an instrument with this kind of power, richness and clarity available to everyone.”

Garritan Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand provides users three discrete microphone perspectives:

  • Classic – captures the natural tonal character, clarity and nuance of the CFX.
  • Contemporary – produces a bright and brilliant sound with definitive attack from the hammers.
  • Player – delivers the unique experience of playing from the piano bench in Studio One.

The CFX Concert Grand includes the powerful ARIA player, and is designed to be a perfect addition to music notation-based programs, like Finale, as well as to all sequencers and digital audio workstations.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Gary and the MakeMusic team on the CFX project,” said Mirek Stiles, head of audio products at Abbey Road Studios. “The ability to mix both close and ambient signals, as if you are in Studio One, is simply breathtaking. This beautifully sampled instrument is worthy of the Abbey Road Studios name.”

The CFX Concert Grand is available for purchase for $299.95 USD.

More information: Garritan / CFX Concert Grand

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MakeMusic releases Finale PrintMusic 2014

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Finale PrintMusic 2014

MakeMusic has announced the release of Finale PrintMusic 2014, an updated version of the notation software for Windows and Mac.

Finale PrintMusic is music notation software designed for educators, worship directors, performing musicians, composers and arrangers who don’t require the most advanced features in Finale.

PrintMusic is easy to use and fun to learn. Quickly create orchestrations of up to 24 staves, extract parts, hear your music play back, and print beautiful sheet music.

Changes in Finale PrintMusic 2014

  • PrintMusic’s Score Manager provides instant access to how staves look and playback, making it easy, for example, to change a staff from Alto Sax to Horn in F.
  • A fresh New Interface including an updated, modern look to PrintMusic’s mixer, playback controls and palettes (which now lock on Macs, too).
  • Automatic Range Checking offers instant visual feedback when notes are written out of the range of beginner, intermediate or advanced players.
  • Notation Improvements include easily hidden staves and refined placement of rests and accidentals when music appears in multiple layers.
  • Beat-Assigned Smart Shapes, including hairpins and trills, automatically attach to a desired “beat” and snap into place.
  • PrintMusic’s New File Format empowers musicians to share music back and forth with users of Finale 2014 and 2012 files, and offers even more flexibility for tomorrow.
  • Under the hood, PrintMusic’s Mac OS X Support has been updated. Visible benefits include full screen mode, pinch zoom, drag-scrolling, text entry via voice dictation and basic Retina support.
  • Additional enhancements include mid-measure clefs, Unicode text support & entry, import/export of PDF graphics, Finale Lyrics font, scanning improvements and much more.

Finale PrintMusic 2014 is available for $119.95 USD. Upgrades from previous versions are also available.

More information: MakeMusic / Finale PrintMusic 2014

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MakeMusic & Abbey Road Studios intro Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand

Garrian XFX Concert Grand

MakeMusic and Abbey Road Studios have announced the upcoming release of Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand, a new virtual instrument featuring the Yamaha CFX Concert Grand piano recorded in Abbey Road Studios’ historic Studio One.

“In creating our new CFX Concert Grand virtual piano, we’ve partnered with the very best,” said Gary Garritan, MakeMusic director of instrumental sciences. “Abbey Road Studios is an undisputed world leader, where brilliant engineers blend the latest technology with legendary equipment and acoustics. This same ‘best of both worlds’ approach also drove the design of the Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Piano. The flagship concert grand of the Yamaha piano line, the CFX is a stunning instrument that has elevated the art of piano making.”

“We’re delighted to have captured the fine details of this remarkable piano in this spectacular studio. The result is an incredible new virtual piano with a power, richness and clarity that is unmatched.”

Garritan Abbey Road CFX Concert Grand provides users three discrete microphone perspectives:

  • Classic – captures the natural tonal character, clarity and nuance of the CFX.
  • Contemporary – produces a bright and brilliant sound with definitive attack from the hammers.
  • Player – delivers the unique experience of playing from the piano bench in Studio One.

The CFX Concert Grand includes the powerful ARIA player, and is designed to be a perfect addition to music notation-based programs, like Finale, as well as to all sequencers and digital audio workstations.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Gary and the MakeMusic team on the CFX project,” said Mirek Stiles, head of audio products at Abbey Road Studios. “The ability to mix both close and ambient signals, as if you are in Studio One, is simply breathtaking. This beautifully sampled instrument is worthy of the Abbey Road Studios name.”

The CFX virtual instrument will be available to purchase for $259.95 USD (download) / $299.95 USD (boxed/USB flash drive).

More information: Garritan

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