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41. Learning Apple Soundtrack
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42. Soundedit 16 2.0 Upgrade
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43. Band-in-a-Box Pro Version 12
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44. GarageBand Jam Pack (iLife '04
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45. eMedia Guitar Method, Vol.1 (Ver.
$2.89
46. MixMan DJ Megamix
$89.99 $78.95
47. Sibelius Starclass
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48. MacBurn (Mac)
$119.99 $104.49
49. Sibelius Instruments
$49.99
50. Instant Play Piano Deluxe (5 CD
$29.99
51. Musicshop 2.02
52. POWERFX SYSTEMS Apple Loops: Studio
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53. Sibelius Notes
$171.00
54. EMEDIA eMedia Intermediate Guitar
$159.00
55. M-AUDIO ArKaos VJ 3.0 Music Video
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56. Finale 2003 (Mac)
57. Adobe Premiere 6.0 Upgrade
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58. SoundEdit 16 2.0
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59. Roxio Boom Box - Essential Software
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60. GRIFFIN TECHNOLOGY GarageBand

41. Learning Apple Soundtrack

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Asin: B00029LEEU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Lynda.com, Inc.
Sales Rank: 10967
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Features

  • Learning Soundtrack with Sean Blumenthal
  • movie based tutorial developed for beginning users of Apple's royalty free music creation application
  • exercise files accompany the tutorial, allowing you to follow along and learn at your own pace.
  • Running Time: 4 hours 45 mins
  • Whether your aim is to create free music for use in your projects or to make a placeholder track to help your editing process, Soundtrack makes it fast, fun and easy.

42. Soundedit 16 2.0 Upgrade

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Asin: B00002S830
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Macromedia
Sales Rank: 11945
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

SoundEdit 16's multitrack document allows you to edit unlimited audio tracks and output to any of 14 file formats and compression schemes. Edit at 16-bit resolution for the highest possible quality, then output finished soundtracks in the format that best satisfies your needs. You can deliver on every medium from CD-ROM to the Internet. SoundEdit 16 includes 18 special effects, four tone generators, and powerful editing features provide sound processing without expensive digital signal processing (DSP) hardware. Shape sounds with features like delay, normalize, fade in, fade out, and envelope. Shorten or lengthen sound files using the tempo effect to change the duration of a sound without changing its frequency. SoundEdit 16 lets users create audio for everything from multimedia to music to the Internet. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars return of a workhorse
An excellent starter kit for mixing, creating and mastering your own musical creations. Essentially the same tools as B.I.A.S. Peak, with a slightly less flashy (b/w) display 9which can be customized to a limited degree. The Loop feature in the Control Drop Down Menu is particularly helpful for sample and loop based hip-hop and electronic production. A solid purchase for those of us who can't afford the whole Pro Tools / Cubase set-up right away. ... Read more


43. Band-in-a-Box Pro Version 12
list price: $89.99
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Asin: B0000AJUFB
Catlog: Software
Publisher: PG Music
Sales Rank: 3899
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Features

  • Intelligent automatic accompaniment program
  • MIDI-file to Style Wizard automatically converts MIDI files to Band-in-a-Box Styles
  • 128 new instruments to Band-in-a-Box styles and songs
  • Harmony notation display enhancements
  • Guitar chord diagrams on the notation

44. GarageBand Jam Pack (iLife '04 Add-on)
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B0001ACK5W
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple
Sales Rank: 1564
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Add-on music content package for GarageBand music creation software
  • Triples the music content for musicians and aspiring musicians alike
  • Over 2,000 additional loops including many for hip-hop and electronica
  • Over 100 additional software instruments
  • Over 100 additional pro-quality effects presets and 15 additional guitar amps

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Splendid add on for a splendid program
What can you do with GarageBand? Better question: What can't you do? GarageBand is the answer to the amateur and not-so-amateur musician's prayers. Not only is it the easiest mulitrack recorder I've ever used (and I've used a bunch), it is the best drum machine out there--bar none. That is, provided you have enough drum loops to get you started. And that is reason enough to buy the Jam Pack. It adds a host of new percussion loops. It also adds new instruments (both loops and instruments you can play from any USB or MIDI keyboard).

Can't rave enough. ... Read more


45. eMedia Guitar Method, Vol.1 (Ver. 2)
list price: $59.99
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Asin: B00005RQRM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: eMedia
Sales Rank: 1605
Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

eMedia Guitar Method, Vol. 1 eliminates any excuse you may have forleaving your guitar sitting dormant and dusty in the corner. Designed with thebeginner in mind, this software offers more than 150 lessons, includingeverything from how to hold your guitar to chord progressions and fingerpickingtechniques. Plus, the exercises are accompanied by full-motion video, helpfulaudio advice, and an animated fretboard. Add in a digital metronome, digitalrecorder, and an automatic tuner, and your rationalizations for not learning arenull and void.

After setting aside just a couple of minutes for installation and setup, you'reready to go. Upon launching the software, you're given a complete table ofcontents, making it easy to access whichever lesson you want to start on. Ifyou've never picked up a guitar, the first few lessons are handy, guiding youthrough different types of guitars, how to string a guitar, tuning, holding, andfinger position. All the language is simple and easy to understand, and beforelong you're playing your first song.

Two of the nicest features are the animated fretboard and full-motion videos.The video demonstrations are perfect for people who may need to hear things morethan once or twice. Want to see just how your fingers should be positioned forthat full G chord? Just click and watch as many times as you want. And forlearning to play songs, the animated fretboard is great, showing you just whichfingers go where and when. And the more than 70 songs included are good, too,ranging among such artists as Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Heart, and the SteveMiller Band.

Teaching yourself to play guitar can be frustrating and boring. Fortunately,eMedia has made learning guitar interesting, uncomplicated, and just plain fun.--Joshua Goldman ... Read more

Reviews (17)

5-0 out of 5 stars Well worth the price
If you want to learn to play the guitar, get this course. Before using this course I had never even picked up a guitar. In a month, I was playing. Here it is 6 month later and I'm playing well enough to play with just about anybody. The course layout is logical and makes learning something you can't help but do.

Chords are introduced one or two at a time and each lesson builds on previous lessons so that what you learned early on in the course remains fresh in your mind. Couple that with the video of the author demonstrating various techniques, animated fretboard, chord finder (with a diagram and audio of the chord) and metronome and you have a great course that makes learning to play the guitar very easy. As with any learning tool, you have to want to learn and you have to practice. But, this course is a great tool to get you to playing a guitar.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loads of material. You"ll be inspired for months.
I've been using the Emedia Guitar CD-ROM for almost five months now and my progress is remarkable. Each newly taught guitar skill is backed up with songs and exercises to practice and refine that technique. My only problem with this product is the recorder is no better than the one included with most computers. The other built-in features (tuner, metronome and chord dictionary) are all very helpful. I've been going to a lot of free guitar tab sites and the chord dictionary is a great help for all those chords I haven't learned yet and are rarely written out. There is also a way to slow down any song on the program, which is very helpful now that I'm working on some more difficult stuff.

I highly recommend this for anyone serious about learning.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very useful and eMedia will exchange.
In response to a previous review, eMedia will take back their products. I got Guitar Method 2 from a store and it was a little too difficult because I've only been playing for about 2 months. eMedia was very nice and exchanged it for Guitar Method 1. Make sure you do it in 30 days. The program is very helpful and my progress has rapidly accelerated. I'll probably end up getting the second level after all. I also really like Zen and the Art of Guitar for a little inspiration.

1-0 out of 5 stars Product is cheaky
This product doesn't do the justice of teaching guitar well

5-0 out of 5 stars Get's you playing fast!
I've really struggled with guitar books for many months now but I got this CD-ROM for X-mass and I've really made a lot of progress. Having an instructor on call to see first hand how to play a chord or strum is such a plus. You can slow all the songs down to whatever speed you need them, which is also handy. I'll definitely move on to the next level. ... Read more


46. MixMan DJ Megamix

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Asin: B00004VWIF
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Mixman Technologies
Sales Rank: 2229
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Easily create professional quality music on your Mac or PC
  • Choose from many styles: Drum & Bass, House, Techno Trance, Industrial, Trip-Hop
  • Patented automatic beat matching makes audio experimentation fast and fun
  • Combine individual sound elements to create great sounding music in minutes
  • Share your finished songs by exporting to MP3

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars Ejay is better
This program is ok, but it doesn't have enough samples as much as eJay. I HIGHLY RECCOMEND that you take one of the EJAY CDs(techno, rave, dance, hip-hop, etc) or take EJAY SE.

Thanks
Danny Dyer

4-0 out of 5 stars Great software!
Mixman DJ is a great piece of software, HIGHLY recomended especially at it's price. If your unfamiliar with computer based music production software then get this! One of the best learning tools for computer DJ virgins. My only problem is that you cant produce your own material and I think that a larger Industrial archive would be nice, but that's what Mixman Studio 4.0 is for. ... Read more


47. Sibelius Starclass
list price: $89.99
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Asin: B0000A0VJ9
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sibelius Software Ltd.
Sales Rank: 4775
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Features

  • Software to help teach music at the elementary-school level
  • 180+ exciting, ready-to-use lessons that support MENC standards
  • Save hours of preparation; cross-curricular and creative music lessons
  • Hundreds of music clips and printable pictures; 99-track audio CD
  • Full explanations of musical concepts for non-specialist teachers

48. MacBurn (Mac)

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Asin: B000227RMA
Catlog: Software
Publisher: macXware
Sales Rank: 5920
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Of course it's not Toast, but...
it does everything it says it will do. The box I bought never mentioned it would burn or copy movie DVDs (I believe that is still illegal thanks to Hollywood), and clearly states that it would "Burn data DVDs, multi-session data VDs, audio CDs, erase CD-RW & create disc images."

I am happy with this software, and am happier to see a more affordable alternative to Toast...Toast may be a great program, but I never used more than half of its features. Just my opinion...

1-0 out of 5 stars *Claims* to burn DVDs
...says it burns DVDs on the outside of the box. But after you open the box and install the software you find it's only data DVDs.

If you want to burn video DVDs (e.g. for a DVD player), you need UDF. This program doesn't support it, and acts like there's no such thing by not documenting it.

Everything this thing does is already part of OS X (e.g. burn data DVDs, audio CDs, erase CD-RWs & create disc images). If you teach yourself how to use the features of OS X to do the same tasks, then you've saved $30.

Dragon Burn may be worth a try. It's only $15 more, and it isn't a $100 feature-overkilled piece of software like Toast. Plus they have a trial version.

This MacBurn software adds no value, I think. If you still like MacBurn, good for you.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Not Toast... not even a cracker...
This product isn't nearly as good as Toast, and barely better than the burning provided by the OS for free.

If you want to do more than what the OS provides, spend the extra $50 for Toast.

3-0 out of 5 stars MacBurn review
Name: MacBurn
Price: $29.99
website: www.macXware.com
phone: 402-554-1400
pros: It is easy to load, the price is right and it actually comes with a very basic instruction book. I had no trouble copying files and music for the Mac.
cons: For non-geeks some of the abbreviations are totally meaningless. I was not able to get a burn on the Mac/PC hybrid that a PC could read.
moose rating: 3
reviewers name: Anita Williams

MacBurn is a cost effective program for burning audio CDs, and data CDs and DVDs. It is easy to load, works great in OS X (10.2.6 but best in 10.3) and straight is forward to use with either selection or drag and drop features. System requirements include a CD or DVD burner compatible with OS X, 700 MB of free HD space for burning about 80 minutes of Audio to CD, and Disk Image (ISO and DMG) creation only for OS X 10.3 and greater.

The program does all that it is advertised to do which is burn data to DVDs, do multi-session data on a CD, burn audio CDs, erase a CD-RW and create disk images. Well, actually I have to take their word for the disk image part since I didn't actually do this part. Loading the program is very straight forward as is the instruction booklet. However when I had
questions as to what an ISO or DMG was I couldn't find an answer. Being a non-geek I'm not familiar with these terms. Naturally I went to the HELP menu to see if I could find a bit more information. It wasn't too much help. There was just a slight bit more information in the HELP menu than what was in the included instruction booklet and it did not define ISO or DMG.

The program operated just fine for copying data on the Mac format and I actually could do multiple sessions on one CD. That is a useful feature. One thing to note here is that the multiple session feature only works on the Mac format. It is not an option for PC or Mac/PC hybrid. Multiple sessions are not recommended for audio CDs either. It can be done but the instructions indicate that some strange things may happen and it is not recommended. I just took their word for that too. It is possible to mix an audio session with a data session on a CD which is another handy feature. For those using rewritable CDs and DVDs the program can erase data so the disk can be reused.

The program will locate the drive that can write the CD/DVD or if there are multiple drives you can make your choice in the box below the menu panel. Then choose either data or audio session. Below that is the format selection box and the title box. There are several choices here. I must say that I was not able to use the Mac/PC hybrid option and produce a CD that could be read on a PC. I could do it with the PC option, just not the hybrid option. The next box contains the files to be copied. They can be dragged and dropped into this area or selected with the "Add File" or "Add Folder" buttons. A nice feature is the bar on the bottom of the pane which tallies how much space will be used on the disk.

When the burn button is activated this box drops down for further instructions. The "Allow Additional Burns" box must be checked in order to do multiple sessions on one CD or DVD. However this feature will only work on a Mac format. Hit "Burn" and the program does it job. Again, it is a good, affordable program that is easy to use. ... Read more


49. Sibelius Instruments
list price: $119.99
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Asin: B0000A0VJ7
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sibelius Software Ltd.
Sales Rank: 5466
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • A complete encyclopedia of orchestral and band instruments
  • 50+ instruments; 20+ types of bands, orchestras, and ensembles
  • Lesson plans, student assignments, and recommended listening
  • Quiz with 500 listening and general questions; guide to ensembles
  • High-quality audio recordings of each instrument

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Unique and magnificent
There is no other software in the world that does this: give you a complete encylopaedic guide to everything for band and orchestra, with really great detail and GREAT audio examples of every instrument of the orchestra and band. Plus a fun quiz too!
If your kids are doing a project on instruments, every school library (every public library) should have a copy of this. Like an Enkarta for music.....

5-0 out of 5 stars This is Fantastic!!
I'm such a Sibelius fan!

I just got "Instruments" today, and couldn't help but boast about it. I just can't stop diving deeper into this program. It's like the most wonderful interactive musical encyclopedia you could possibly imagine. Nothing comes close to this if you want a one-stop way to learn EVERYTHING about instruments, ensembles, etc., including HOW THEY SOUND!!
Every musician (from beginners to pros) should have this program. I imagine it would be a very popular learning tool in schools. I wish this was around when I went through music training! Funny thing is, it's a bit humbling because you're likely to LEARN something from it, no matter how educated you are. :-)

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have Resource for Music Educators
Instruments by Sibelius is a must-have software for every music educator. Musicians who have an interest in band and orchestra instruments will also find this interactive, multimedia guide to be a valuable resource. Installation is very simple, even for the novice.

Instruments provides a fairly comprehensive presentation of the instruments, including notated and sound examples, playing techniques, listening lists, pitch ranges, and writing for the instrument family.

Of special interest to the music educator are the student assignments, lesson plans, and a quiz. The student assignments are designed to help students understand the evolution of the orchestra, bands, and other ensembles. Permission to photocopy any of the assignment pages is given to schools and colleges that own Instruments-a big plus. The lesson plans are particularly effective if you have a computer projector to use as a teaching tool. The quiz is designed in a multiple-choice format to test knowledge about the instruments, ensembles, and playing techniques as described in the software.

I highly recommend Sibeluis Instruments to all enthusiasts of band and orchestra instruments, but especially to teachers of music education.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything you wanted to know about instruments!
I'm a composer here in the West Midlands, and I also teach in various schools in the area. I bought this software for my students recently, but after using it for a while and realising just how useful it is I've now bought my own copy for when composing at home.

Basically it's got comprehensive information about almost every orchestral/band instrument you can think of (and a few you won't even have heard of) - but presented in a very useful & interesting way. There are pictures, orchestral & band layouts, instrumental ranges, notated examples from well-known pieces, historical context, plus (most importantly of all) hundreds of excellent audio recordings.

What's more there's complete information about every technique in the orchestration books, from bowing to multiphonics to percussion mallets, again all with recordings. This is completely invaluable stuff, even for a professional composer. Where else (in one place) can you actually *hear* the difference between jete and spiccato, or a cup mute and a Harmon mute? (Or a fingered trill and a lip-trill!) The orchestration books naturally *mention* all these things, but don't of course come with recordings.

There's also a quiz, intended for students I suppose, to test what they've learnt - I tried it out (at the advanced level) and I confess not even I got full marks! (Some of those questions are really tricky...)

Overall, I'd say this is invaluable both as an approachable introduction to instruments for students (even beginners), and as excellent reference material for professionals.

(Disclaimer: I do already use their Sibelius 2 notation software, of which I'm a big fan, so I'm already a bit of a convert.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything you wanted to know about instruments!
I'm a composer mainly, and I also teach in various schools in the area. I bought this software for my students recently, but after using it for a while and realising just how useful it is I've now bought my own copy for when composing at home.

Basically it's got comprehensive information about almost every orchestral/band instrument you can think of (and a few you won't even have heard of) - but presented in a very useful & interesting way. There are pictures, orchestral & band layouts, instrumental ranges, notated examples from well-known pieces, historical context, plus (most importantly of all) hundreds of excellent audio recordings.

What's more there's complete information about every possible technique, from bowing to multiphonics to percussion mallets, again all with recordings. This is completely invaluable even for a professional composer. Where else (in one place) can you actually *hear* the difference between jete and spiccato, or a cup mute and a Harmon mute? (Or a fingered trill and a lip-trill!) The orchestration books naturally *mention* all these things, but don't of course come with recordings!

There's also a quiz, intended for students I suppose, to test what they've learnt - I tried it out (at the advanced level) and I confess not even I got full marks! (Some of those questions are really tricky...)

Overall, I'd say this is invaluable both as an approachable introduction to instruments for students (even beginners), and as excellent reference material for professionals.

(Disclaimer: I do already use their Sibelius 2 notation software, of which I'm a big fan, so I'm already a bit of a convert. The Sibelius people really seem to know their stuff.) ... Read more


50. Instant Play Piano Deluxe (5 CD Set)
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Asin: B00032IYE4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
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51. Musicshop 2.02

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Asin: B00002S6ST
Catlog: Software
Publisher: OPCODE SYSTEMS
Sales Rank: 4804
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Record, edit, playback, and print your music
  • Adjust and edit your music with the Strip Chart
  • Easy drop-and-drag editing using tape-deck-style controls
  • Automate your mixes with Musicshop's 32-track mixing console
  • Record, view, and edit your work in standard music notation

Reviews (2)

3-0 out of 5 stars A good starter
Very easy to figure out and use, the tools are basic but well chosen. It is showing its age and price range in a few places; only 32 tracks supported, audio not supported, quantize is either full or none (no percent quantize or beat quantization). The biggest reason I continue using it is because the "piano roll" display mode is capable of showing all tracks on the same representational keyboard. Wonderful for figuring out those interlocking horn parts. The biggest flaw (for me) is a poorly thought out and even more poorly documented patch naming system that forces me to go through screen after screen of unintuative choices if I change so much as one MIDI channel assignment on one piece in a session that week. I'd give it four stars, but the lack of audio makes it a poor contender in today's market.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for writing music!
I used this program in an online music composition course and it was great. It's easy to figure out by yourself, it prints out sheet music, converts to MIDI, and everything else! It's a must for any budding composer! ... Read more


52. POWERFX SYSTEMS Apple Loops: Studio Percussion ( Macintosh )

Asin: B0002HNL4S
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 11162
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Features

  • Preformatted for use with Apple Loops, making composition and scoring easier than ever
  • Specially optimized for use with Apple's Soundtrack and GarageBand applications

53. Sibelius Notes
list price: $69.99
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Asin: B0001WY5ZI
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sibelius Software Ltd.
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54. EMEDIA eMedia Intermediate Guitar Method ( Windows/Macintosh )

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Asin: B000162ZP6
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Emedia
Sales Rank: 8381
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Features

  • Features a complete learning system for better guitar skills -- over 175 lessons in all
  • Full-motion video and high-quality sound as you watch expert guitarists play hit songs
  • New scale directory and varibale speed MIDI tracks - adjust the speed of the music and loop certain sections for repetitive replay
  • Lessons are divided into six categories, covering the basics in-depth -learn about left-handed playing, strumming styles, scales and fingerstyles
  • Read standard musical notation or tablature

55. M-AUDIO ArKaos VJ 3.0 Music Video Creator

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Asin: B00008VGRZ
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 5863
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Features

  • Animation syncs automatically to MIDI Time Clock or to audio via advanced beat-matching technology
  • Program shows in advance, jam live, or let ArKaos VJ generate the whole visual show
  • Import QuickTime movies, flash animations, live video & still images
  • Drag-and-drop images & special effects onto keys of virtual computer and/or MIDI keyboards
  • Double-click any assigned image or effect to customize parameters

56. Finale 2003 (Mac)
list price: $599.99
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Asin: B000051XP3
Catlog: Software
Publisher: MakeMusic!
Sales Rank: 6330
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Select instruments, voices, key and time signatures and the score is set-up automatically
  • Choose from all kinds of graphic enhancements and backgrounds -- over 1700 graphic improvements included
  • Save your custom settings as a library, to apply them to any composition, any time
  • New formats make system and staff sizes easier to identify
  • Correct transposed instrument recognition, secondary voice recognition - counterpoint, and up to 32nd note resolution

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Simply the best - but not so simple...
Finale and I go back a long, long way. How long? Let's just say that after working with several other music sequencing and notation programs I got the opportunity to try it out at a friend's studio. It was the mid-80's, Reagan was President and I think the version was 2.2 or 2.3. Later on it was the 90's and Finale 2.6.3. Now Coda doesn't go by version numbers anymore but by date; apparently its marketing department's objective is to have users pay the upgrade price every year. Sometimes it's not worth it to upgrade; sometimes it is. Depends on how critical your music work is to your livelihood and, more importantly, how well Finale meshes with your MIDI gear, computer setup and operating system.

Doing most music writing in Finale is simple. There's a setup Wizard which asks about the piece's title, composer, lyricist, page layout, instruments/vocals, etc. Once you get to the blank page itself there's several ways to get the notes onto it. There's Simple Entry (click them in with your mouse, or use Finale's keyboard commands). If you have a musical instrument connected to your computer via a MIDI connection you can use Speedy Entry (hit the note, press a number for the rhythm, the note pops up on the screen). The improvisational and the adventurous can try the Transcription tool; although, like most things in Finale, you have to go through a lot of set-up dialogs to get it to work just right. Same for importing a MIDI file.

Needless to say there's a lot to do with the notes once they have been put in. Lyrics, articulations, dynamics, tempo, and other music expressions can also be easily inserted. There's Mass Mover, which is sort of a "page layout" tool for notes and measures. A Resize Tool if you want a reduced score or extra-large music print. And the Staff Tool has a similar function related to, you guessed it, staff spacing and such. And the Page Layout tool (although you had better check your Mac's "Page Setup" before you try to print, just to make sure it matches your piece's page settings in Finale). In fact, Finale has so many tools that sometimes it's hard to keep them all straight. Unlike other notation programs, you can't just grab a note or a page number or a title onscreen and move it. Noooo-- you HAVE to go to a TOOL first! (Sorry to rant, but this is my main disagreement with Finale's user interface.) As a result, a lot of time in this program is spent switching between tools. And compared to other notation software, which have maybe four or five "palettes" with note/rest values, accidentals, word/lyrics input, etc., laid out on the screen, Finale offers a grand total of 30 different tools! There's even a "Special Tools" tool, for custom note tweaking. And there are also Metatools (Finale-speak for keyboard macros) and various Plug-Ins, to add to the complexity.

Don't get me wrong. I love working with Finale. It suits my notational needs about 99% of the time. And the music looks great streaming out of my laser printer. But sometimes it's a love/hate relationship. Let me explain.

Recently I received an email from a conductor. I had notated a vocal/orchestral score for him some years back, and now he wanted a piano reduction for his choirmaster and accompanist. He though he had done one but couldn't find it anywhere. Where was the score? Not on my Mac G3 (my present computer). Nor on the Mac PPC that I used before that. I finally found it, tucked away on my old Mac SE/30. Finale 2002, bless its digital heart, imported that huge Finale 2.6.3 file intact, with only a few very minor glitches.

Now for the piano reduction. "Aha, there's a Piano Reduction plug-in," I thought, gleefully clicking a couple of measures, only to find that doing that mashed notes and rhythms together into an unrecognizable blob. Good thing I didn't try it on the entire score! After some fumbling around I did find the proper tool (Implode Music) and, yes, I did have to go hunt down its Quantization settings, which I think were buried somewhere in the depths of the Transcription Tool. One does this a LOT in Finale: It seems that, while the simplest music tasks are easy, navigating through multiple menus and endless dialog boxes is necessary to get anything important done. It's like going through your crazy old uncle's dusty, disorganized toolshed to find a Phillips screwdriver.

I don't blame Finale for the lousy plug-in. I do fault it for its lack of a decent user interface. Yes, I know it has been getting better in that department; thanks to the efforts of its programmers Finale is a lot more user-friendly than it used to be. And they have added a PDF manual, online and "Quick" help, which is a bit confusing but a definite step up from the famously unhelpful Index to the earlier versions' three-volume hardcopy manual. But at the same time this accumulation of libraries, plug-ins, video help and other "feature creep" has resulted in this fine notation program morphing into a big, bloated memory hog.

Another issue is the lack of support for Mac OS X. According to their tech department, Finale 2003 will run in OS X - but only in "Classic" mode, which is like OS 9. In fact, the tech sheet recommends booting your computer in OS 9 in order to get optimal MIDI performance. That's a big reason I haven't upgraded to Finale 2003 yet.... ... Read more


57. Adobe Premiere 6.0 Upgrade

Asin: B0000589WY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 7852
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Amazon.com Product Description

A powerful tool for professional, digital video editing, Adobe Premiere 6.0 for Macintosh comfortably closes the DV-to-Web gap. With new support for DV and cross-platform support for all of the leading Web video formats, Premiere aggressively integrates a variety of features and functions.

If you've worked with other Adobe applications, Premiere will look familiar, with the command menus at the top of the screen, windows to perform your assembling and editing, the toolbox, and the floating palettes. The Premiere toolbox contains tools for selecting, editing, and viewing your clips. The floating palettes contain additional features that help you monitor, modify, and enhance your work. You can hide and rearrange the palettes to organize your workspace, as needed. All of the clips that you import into your project--video, still image, sequence, and audio--are listed in the Project window. Every project has only one Project window; if you close this window, you close the project. The Project window is customizable, so that you can sort and view your clips by using the options that are more appropriate for your editing style.

Use the Monitor window to view individual clips, set In and Out points, set markers, add and remove clips from the Timeline, trim clips, and preview the Timeline. When you use the Single-Track Editing workspace, the Monitor window, by default, includes the Source view and the Program view. When you use the A/B Editing workspace, the Monitor window, by default, displays only the Program view and uses individual Clip windows, instead of the Source view. The Source view displays a single clip as it appears on your hard disk. Use the Source view to prepare a clip for inclusion in the Timeline. The Program view displays the current state of the Timeline--when you preview the Timeline, it plays in the Program view. ... Read more


58. SoundEdit 16 2.0

our price: $309.99
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Asin: B00002S82Z
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Macromedia
Sales Rank: 4290
Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

SoundEdit 16 is a solid, efficient multitrack audio editingpackage that can help enrich any audio-video project, be itvideo, CD-ROM, or something delivered over the Web. It features a suite of filtersand effects for altering, sweetening, and otherwise manipulatingtracks; it can import and export most audio formats; and it can create multitrack-track sound files.

An especially nice feature is how wellSoundEdit integrates with QuickTime. SoundEdit can open a QuickTimemovie and fully control the audio tracks (number of tracks,synchronization, mixes, etc.). It also displays a series of thumbnailimages (a filmstrip) of the video along the top of the track editor,which can be scaled up to a frame-by-frame view when absolutesynchronization is essential. This movie with a new or newly enhancedtrack is then saved to disk without recompression of the videotrack.

As an added bonus, the SoundEdit 16 CD features a library ofover 300 royalty-free sound effects, each recorded at CD quality (16bit/44 KHz). Categories include "industrial," "buttons/switches," "liquids/gases," and "impacts"--there are 22 categories inall.

SoundEdit is an ideal application to accompany new mediaproduction tools like Macromedia Flash, Director, or any of the videoediting packages, but it is not without some flaws. For one, thisversion is showing its age. It would be nice to see SoundEdit updatedto work with MP3 files, and to modernize the interface to takeadvantage of the Mac's new enhanced file open/save dialogboxes.

SoundEdit 16 fills an important niche in the toolbox of themultimedia content developer, and anyone looking to do serious soundwork should consider it. --Mike Caputo ... Read more

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars Works well with MacOS 7.0
If you buy this product it's because you didn't research anything else. If you want to edit audio final cut can do a better job than sound edit. If you want MIDI than get Performer or emagic logic for between 3 bill and a 1000$.
sound edit is antiquated and has very limited function.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not too special!
There is no advantage to paying so much to buy this instead of a Sonic Foundry sound editor(which costs fractions less). My personal opinion would be to pick up a copy of WaveLab. It is sufficient for dealing with common file formats as well as on-the-fly editing of loops/samples for DJ's. ... Read more


59. Roxio Boom Box - Essential Software for your iPod (Mac)
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0009JQRQS
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Roxio
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Features

  • iSpeak It to create your own audio books from documents, news feeds or web location.
  • CD Spin Doctor to listen to your classic LPs and tapes on your iPod.
  • Audio Hijack to capture Internet radio programs and other audio for your iTunes library.
  • iPodderX to subscribe to podcast audio blogs from thousands of broadcasters.
  • MusicMagic Mixer to automatically generate perfect playlists from the songs in your iTunes library.

60. GRIFFIN TECHNOLOGY GarageBand Guitar Cable 3101-GTR

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Asin: B0002VRP8C
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Griffin Technology
Sales Rank: 7230
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Features

  • Works with GarageBand software found in Apple iLife 2004 (sold separately)

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