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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Lower pricing on Ableton in Canada

The Canadian distributor for Ableton recently reduced their prices due to the high Canadian dollar, and so we have been able to pass those savings on to you! Effective immediately, most of our Ableton products are now lower for our Canadian customers.

If you see other prices that you think should be lower, please contact us and we will do our best to match US pricing!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Looking for a Music Technology Summer Workshop?


John Kuzmich Jr. is offering TI:ME Certified Music Technology Workshops this summer.  This is a great way to learn about using technology in teaching music and John is a highly respected teacher. 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Xpansion Tank 2 - more sounds, less money

Looking for some new sounds, but don’t want to invest hundreds of dollars in a new sample library? How does less than $50 sound instead? The Xpansion Tank 2 from IK Multimedia is a collection of 30 high-quality sound libraries for SampleTank 2. Comprising of 15 multi-sampled and 15 loops titles, totaling nearly 10,000 new sounds offering a staggering 30 GB of samples.

All of the sounds can be played by SampleTank 2 L/XL or by the new included SampleTank 2 XT workstation plug-in/standalone player.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

ASK Video Tutorials now available for electronic delivery

ASK Video DVD tutorials have always been a great way to learn to get the most out of your music software. Well written, easy to follow and with high production values, ASK Video makes some of the the best music software DVD tutorials available. They even offer academic pricing on many of the tutorials for students and teachers.

Now Ask Video Tutorials are even better since you don’t have to wait for the DVD! We now offer electronic delivery for many of the newer ASK Video tutorials. This means you can start watching your video right after we process your order.

The ASK Video Player is easy to use and will download each chapter as a separate file, so you can start watching while the rest of the video downloads.

Check out the complete list of ASK Video Tutorials today!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sibelius 6 Student Edition – Licensing Made Easy!

Sibelius 6 Student Edition not only offers a great value to schools who wish to use the popular notation program with students, but it also makes licensing a breeze. In fact, the licensing is so easy and flexible we wish all software came with this option!

Using the MidiStart Music 25 with the iPad

The iPad is a great way to make music, and GarageBand on the iPad is a lot of fun.  The MidiStart Music 25 can be used with the iPad - just connect the USB cable to your Camera Connection Kit and start playing!  The MidiStart Music 25 will work with any iPad app that supports Core MIDI, including GarageBand.  The iPad will even power the keyboard as you can see in this video.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

PianoBox General MIDI Sound Module Video Available...

We've posted a short video on the PianoBox General MIDI Sound Module on YouTube.  We will try to create some MP3 files and do some more video demonstrating various instrument sounds.  If you have some MIDI files you want us to play on the PianoBox, please contact us.

Monday, May 16, 2011

PageFlip Bluetooth Page Turner Review

We recently posted a video overview of the PageFlip bluetooth page turner for Windows, Mac or iPad. Kelly uses one himself, so if you have any questions, let us know!

Friday, May 13, 2011

MidiStart Music 25 Overview

We've posted a video overview of the MidiStart Music 25 USB MIDI keyboard on YouTube:

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

i2 Control 25 USB MIDI Keyboard Video Overview Now Available!

Check out this video of the i2 Control 25 we recently posted on YouTube.  We connected it to our iPad using the Apple Camera Connection Kit and had a lot of fun using it!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Using your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch for music

There are many exciting ways that you can use your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad for music. Our buyer’s guide gives you some ideas on how to use your iPod, iPhone or iPad for reading, making or recording music, but feel free to contact us if you have questions or need more ideas on how to put your iOS device to work!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Using the MidiFace II Thru with an iPad

If you have an iPad and want to connect a MIDI keyboard,the MidiFace II is the perfect solution, as shown in this video.  Just connect the included USB cable to the Apple Camera Connection kit and start recording!

Friday, May 6, 2011

SONAR X1 Essential on Sale!

If you own Live Intro, FL Studio, Sequel, Reason, Studio One Artist and have been thinking about switching to Cakewalk’s popular Sonar X1 Essential, now is the time to make the move! Until June 30th, you can purchase the Sonar X1 Essential Crossgrade.

When you place your order, just let us know if the comments what product are switching from – it is that easy! We don’t need you to fax, scan or mail anything to us to take advantage of this offer.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Music Ace Series Explained

The Music Ace series is one of the most popular ways for children and adults to learn to read music. As a music teacher myself, it is a personal favorite as it is both fun and effective: children love using the software, and it gets results. Not only does Music Ace help students learn to read music, but it also develops their aural skills (ear training) at the same time. This is crucial because learning to read music without being able to perform what you read isn’t very helpful. With Music Ace, you know that when a student finishes the lesson on dotted quarter notes, not only do they understand what a dotted quarter note is, they can also perform rhythms with dotted quarter notes and even compose melodies using dotted quarter notes!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Buy Sonar X1 and get Rapture Free from Cakewalk!

When you buy SONAR X1 Studio or Producer from May 1st through May 31st, 2011 at any retailer worldwide, you will get Cakewalk's critically acclaimed Rapture synthesizer free ($99 value) as a download from Cakewalk. All you need to do is register the product and then use the same email address entered during registration to create a new account at the Cakewalk Store. Then visit the My Account page to find your download.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

25 keys for under $100: MidiStart Music 25 & i2 Control 25 on sale!

We’ve put two of our most popular USB MIDI Keyboards on sale for less than $100!

The MidiStart Music 25 is the ideal compact USB MIDI keyboard. With an attractive black aluminum body and 25 full size keys, the MidiStart Music 25 includes advanced features such as four different velocity curves at a very affordable price. The MidiStart Music 25 is easy to use – just connect the included USB cable to your computer and you are ready to go! Class compliant driver architecture means that you don’t have to download, install or configure drivers for your Mac or PC.

Featuring a data entry slider, a joystick for pitch bend and modulation and 10 user assigned memories, the MidiStart Music 25 gives you complete control over your MIDI software. The MIDI Out port means you can control and play a sound module, such as the PianoBox directly from the keyboard – no computer required!

Ideal for schools, the MidiStart Music 25 is easy to use without complicated buttons, functions or knobs that can cause problems when using software. The aluminum body also adds to the durability which is ideal for computer labs or situations where you need to move the keyboard frequently.

If you need controller knobs and a data entry slider for working with software synths, DJ or recording software, the i2 Control 25 is the perfect compact USB MIDI keyboard. With 25 full size keys and 8 programmable controller knobs, the i2 Control 25 includes everything you need at a very affordable price. Like the MidiStart 25, it is class compliant, so you just plug it in and it works.

Featuring 8 programmable controller knobs, pitch bend wheel, modulation wheel, LED display, and a data slider, the i2 Control 25 gives you complete control over your MIDI software. The two MIDI Out ports means you can control and play any MIDI device, including sound modules such as the PianoBox.

Both keyboards include MIDI out and a sustain pedal socket – a feature often missing on other inexpensive USB MIDI keyboard.

The sale is valid until May 15th or while supplies last.