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PreSonus intros Music Creation Suite Recording Kit

PreSonus has announced its Music Creation Suite, a complete recording kit comprising hardware and software components for producing music.

PreSonus Music Creation Suite

Create music, podcasts, and more and distribute projects on the Web with PreSonus® Music Creation Suite recording kit, a complete solution for classrooms, school labs, churches, and home studios!

This special all-PreSonus system combines an AudioBox USB interface with Studio One® Artist music-production software, Notion music-notation and composition software, the PS49 USB MIDI keyboard, HD3 monitoring headphones, an M7 large-diaphragm condenser microphone, a free Nimbit account, a powered USB hub, and all necessary cables and mounts.

PreSonus will offer lesson plans and instructional videos to help music educators get the most from the new hardware/software recording and composition kit.

The Music Creation Suite has an expected street price of $399.95 USD. Custom site licenses for multiple units can be generated when the products are registered.

More information: PreSonus / Music Creation Suite

Avid ships Sibelius 7.5 music notation software

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Sibelius 7.5

Avid has announced that its Sibelius 7.5 music notation software is now shipping.

Sibelius® 7.5, the new version of the world’s best-selling music composition and notation software from Avid®, is now shipping.

Sibelius 7.5 provides innovative new features that accelerate workflows, allowing composers to focus on the creative process and produce more compelling scores, more efficiently.

Changes in Sibelius 7.5

  • Accelerated navigation—The new Timeline window allows for a quick view of the entire structure of a score for faster editing and playback, no matter how large or complex the score; composers can jump immediately to any section by clicking on any bar in the timecode ruler or on any landmark.
  • More expressive playback—The fully redesigned Espressivo 2.0 feature delivers complete control over the customization of the rhythmic feel of any individual part of the score, plus improved notation interpretation adds more expressive and realistic feel, and can be customized for swing rhythms.
  • Improved notation interpretation—Sibelius playback has been greatly enhanced, providing better interpretation of notation distinctions such as tempo markings, metric emphasis, grace notes, mordents, caesuras, and breath marks; composers can now hear every nuance of their score played back in realistic detail, without having to hire an expensive orchestra.
  • Easy collaboration and sharing—Sibelius 7.5 enables enhanced collaboration and distribution of compositions through innovative score sharing and social media features; scores can be shared through email, uploaded and published as sheet music on ScoreExchange.com, or shared as video or audio files on YouTube, Facebook, and SoundCloud.
  • Full Scorch app integration—Sibelius scores can be exported directly to Avid Scorch® for iPad for fully interactive playback, practice, performance, and publishing; Sibelius automatically optimizes the score for iPad display, paying special consideration to page orientation, number of staves, margin sizes, and more.
  • Localized for Brazil and Russia—Sibelius 7.5 includes local language support for Russian and Brazilian Portuguese in addition to English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese.

Sibelius 7.5 is now worldwide, priced at $599.95 USD / 486.56 EUR exc. VAT / £479.95 GBP inc. VAT. Various upgrade options are also available.

More information: Avid / Sibelius

Avid intros Sibelius 7.5 notation software

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Avid has announced Sibelius 7.5 software, continuing the development of the world’s best-selling music composition and notation software.

Sibelius 7.5

For composers, arrangers, music publishers, students, and educators, Sibelius 7.5 provides even more ways to express, accelerate, and promote creativity than ever before.

“With Sibelius 7.5, composers can create professional scores more quickly and deliver higher quality, inspiring content,” said Chris Gahagan, senior vice president of products and services at Avid. “Sibelius continues to provide the fastest, smartest, easiest way for professionals and students to write music for live performance, film and television, and media entertainment.”

Today’s composers are under relentless pressure to turn around completed scores faster than ever before, as the complexity of projects continues to rise and deadlines become ever tighter. Sibelius 7.5 provides innovative new features that accelerate workflows, allowing composers to focus on the creative process and produce more compelling scores, more efficiently.

New in Sibelius 7.5

  • Accelerated navigation—The new Timeline window allows for a quick view of the entire structure of a score for faster editing and playback, no matter how large or complex the score; composers can jump immediately to any section by clicking on any bar in the timecode ruler or on any landmark.
  • More expressive playback—The fully redesigned Espressivo 2.0 feature delivers complete control over the customization of the rhythmic feel of any individual part of the score, plus improved notation interpretation adds more expressive and realistic feel, and can be customized for swing rhythms.
  • Improved notation interpretation—Sibelius playback has been greatly enhanced, providing better interpretation of notation distinctions such as tempo markings, metric emphasis, grace notes, mordents, caesuras, and breath marks; composers can now hear every nuance of their score played back in realistic detail, without having to hire an expensive orchestra.
  • Easy collaboration and sharing—Sibelius 7.5 enables enhanced collaboration and distribution of compositions through innovative score sharing and social media features; scores can be shared through email, uploaded and published as sheet music on ScoreExchange.com, or shared as video or audio files on YouTube, Facebook, and SoundCloud.
  • Full Scorch app integration—Sibelius scores can be exported directly to Avid Scorch® on iPad for fully interactive playback, practice, performance, and publishing; Sibelius automatically optimizes the score for iPad display, paying special consideration to page orientation, number of staves, margin sizes, and more.
  • Localized for Brazil and Russia—Sibelius 7.5 includes local language support for Russian and Brazilian Portuguese in addition to English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese.

Sibelius 7.5 will be available worldwide in February 2014, priced at $599.95 USD / 486.56 exc. VAT / £479.95 inc. VAT. Various upgrades will be available as well.

More information: Avid / Sibelius

Make Music releases Finale 2014a

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Make Music Finale 2014

Make Music has announced the release of Finale 2014a, the latest version of its notation software for Windows and Mac.

Finale 2014a is a free, downloadable update available today to registered Finale 2014 owners.

  • Windows highlights include new View and Layout palettes and expanded compatibility for ASIO devices with locked sample rates.
  • Mac highlights include the resolution of a handful of playback issues (including older VST plug-ins, switching audio devices, and attached Bluetooth devices). Improvements were also made in the entry of multi-stroke characters, the use of Human Playback techniques, extract parts naming, and in a variety of scenarios using expressions.

Users of both platforms will experience enhanced text block positioning. Full details can be found in the associated read me files available for both Mac and Windows.

The update is now available to download for Finale 2014 users.

More information: Finale 2014

Ample Sound updates AGL, AGM & AGT to v1.5 + Winter Sale

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Ample Sound has released version 1.5 of AGL, AGM and AGT, featurinng a new built-in Tablature Player Panel.

Ample Sound plugins with Tablature Player

The Tab Player can load and play several prevalent guitar tablature file formats. Users can load, display and playback any specific track inside a tablature file. When used in DAWs, the Tab Player also allows users to export the tablature as an audio file.

The Tab Player supports all the fingering, looping, chords, techniques and other markers in the loaded tablature. Supported techniques include: Strum, Natural Harmonic, Artificial Harmonic, Hammer On/Pull Off, Trill, Bend, Tremolo Bar, Legato Slide, Slide In, Slide Out, Vibrato, Tremolo Picking, Palm Mute, Popping, Tapping, Let Ring, Staccato, Dead Note, Grace Note, Ghost Note, Accentuated Note, Fade In, etc.

As a built-in function, the Tab Player works seamlessly with the Ample Guitar instrument engine, which has extremely customized guitar playing logic so as to model a real world guitar being played. The Tab Player can even judge on its own to automatically add some refining techniques when it thinks it is appropriate, such as slapping on strings or body, or other realistic and indispensable noises.

Strumming is an important factor of guitar playing. By taking advantage of the Ample Guitar Strummer engine, the Tab Player can not only mingle different techniques into strumming, but can also alternate between strumming several strings (i.e. multiple notes) simultaneously and strum at a particular string (i.e. one note).

The Tab Player currently supports GP3, GP4 and GP5. More tablature formats will be supported in the future. The Tab Player is now available in the latest version of AGM, AGT and AGL (i.e. the acoustic Ample Guitars). The electric Ample Guitars (AGF, AGG and AGP) will include this function in near future.

Other changes in AGL AGM AGT v1.5.0 / AGF AGG AGP v1.3.8

  • Fixed a bug when MIDI events are not properly handled according to their timestamps, which could cause some malfunctions on MIDI event timing, especially when used at large buffer size.
  • Updated the tuning presets for AGF and AGG.
  • Fixed a bug that AGF, AGG and AGP could crash on a particular sample on Mac.
  • Updated the Ample Sound Standalone to use the last-time-used audio device on every start; added a keyboard (space key) control to turn on/off the Tab Player.

The updates are free of charge for existing Ample Guitar users.

Ample Sound has also announced a Winter Sale promotion, offering a 20% discount on all its products until January 1st, 2014.

More information: Ample Sound

Make Music releases Finale 2014 notation software

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Make Music Finale 2014

Make Music has launched Finale 2014, the 25th Anniversary Edition of the music notation software for Windows and Mac.

To notate music is to look forward – to the performance, and beyond. Whether you’re creating a simple lead sheet, making worksheets for your students, or composing your magnum opus, Finale helps you easily capture your musical ideas, produce beautiful notation, and quickly share the results.

For 25 years, Finale’s unique ability to create anything on the printed page has remained undisputed while other music notation software has come and gone. Finale 2014 is the forward-looking choice with new innovations, making Finale’s trademark freedom and flexibility easy for everyone to use.

New in Finale 2014

  • New file format. Designed to improve compatibility, the new format for documents created in Finale helps you share your music more easily. Older Finale documents are automatically converted when you open them, and you will be prompted to save the file in the new format. You can also export your document to the older format for use in Finale 2012 (use MusicXML for earlier versions of Finale).
  • Keyless scores. Create scores or sections with no key signature. You can also easily hide key signatures and continue to automatically display accidentals using the Hide key signature/Show accidentals option.
  • Beat-attached Smart Shapes. Smart Shapes that previously attached to measures now attach to beats (in the same manner as expressions) with lines showing the attachment point. Beat attachment allows a Smart Shape start or end point to attach to a particular note, beat, or right barline. Affected Smart Shapes include hairpins, trills and trill extensions, 8va/8vb (ottava/ottava bassa), horizontal brackets, and lines.
  • Smart multi-layer accidental and rest handling. Rests of the same duration and accidentals on unison notes in multiple layers now are displayed only once. Accidentals in one layer are also carried through the measure for all other layers (these can optionally be displayed in Staff Attributes or Staff Styles).
  • Improved percussion functionality. There is now greater interaction between the Percussion Layout Designer and Percussion MIDI Maps, and Percussion MIDI Maps can now be removed.
  • Unlinkable Special Tools. Alterations made with any of the Special Tools are now unlinkable between a score and its parts.
  • MP4 support. Finale now supports loading MP4 videos.
  • Improved Scanning/SmartScore Lite Enhancements. Finale now includes SmartScore Lite version X2, offering improved notation recognition.
  • New ARIA Player. Finale includes the latest ARIA Player from Garritan, with more than 400 instruments including the additions of alto flute, bass flute, oboe d’amore, Eb clarinet, contrabass clarinet, piccolo trumpet, tubular bells, string harmonics, percussion “toys”, orchestral brass mutes, flugelhorn, basic African percussion, steel drums, banjo, fife, tablas, Celtic harp, and nine patches from Garritan Instant Orchestra.
  • Improvements to opening files. Finale displays all readable file types in the Open dialog box. Additionally, MusicXML files can now be dragged-and-dropped onto the Finale application.
  • New method for Finale updates. At launch, Finale automatically checks for updates. Instead of requiring you to download and install the updates manually from the Finale website, Finale now downloads and installs the updates automatically.

Finale 2014 is available to purchase for $600 USD.

More information: Make Music

PreSonus acquires Notion music-notation software

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Notion 4

PreSonus has announced it has acquired the assets of Notion Music, a leading developer of music-notation software located in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Notion Music’s products include the award-winning Notion(TM) 4.0 composition software (Mac®/Windows®), Notion for iPad®, Progression 2.0 guitar-tab editing software (Mac/Windows), and Progression for iPad.

“We will, of course, continue to develop and sell all of Notion Music’s current products,” observes PreSonus CEO Jim Mack. “Notion is a strategic part of our increasedcommitment to the education market. And, at the same time, there are powerful naturalsynergies between Notion and our Studio One® DAW, so it’s reasonable to expect that all PreSonus customers will see additional benefits from this acquisition in the future.”

Education Market Manager John Mylnczak notes, “Music educators, students, and composers rely heavily on notation software, and Notion is much easier to use than most such programs. Furthermore, iPads and other mobile products are increasingly favored by students and teachers. So our ability to include Notion products for Mac, Windows, and iOS in our educational packages will be of great value to music teachers and students.”

Adds PreSonus Executive VP of Product Management John Bastianelli, “We already have demonstrated our iOS expertise with QMix-AI, SL Remote-AI, and SL Room Control. With Notion 4 and Progression for iPad, we’re clearly doubling down on our investment in mobile computing. We’ve also emphasized integrated solutions with all of our software, so it makes sense that we would incorporate Notion and Progression into new solutions for composers and educators.”

More information: Notion Music / PreSonus

Wallander Instruments releases NotePerformer for Sibelius

NotePerformer

Wallander Instruments has announced the release of NotePerformer for Sibelius, an orchestral sound library that turns written score into an expressive musical performance, without user intervention.

NotePerformer replaces the built-in sounds in the world’s best selling music notation software, Avid’s Sibelius, with its own playback engine and sounds.

NotePerformer introduces a dramatic improvement on existing MIDI playback technologies, by reading ahead in the score during playback, analyzing the music, and rendering the music as an expressive musical performance instead of processing it note-by-note. This allows an accurate reproduction of the written music, with realistic musical phrasing for every single member of your virtual orchestra.

Composers, orchestrators, musicians and students of music can now enjoy the benefits of highly realistic orchestral playback in their notation program. NotePerformer playback is even accurate enough for producing a high-quality orchestral mock-up of a score, directly from notation program playback.

NotePerformer is available to purchase for $129 USD.

More information: NotePerformer