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21. Adobe Audition 1.5
$599.99 $388.95
22. Finale 2005
$299.00
23. ABLETON Live 4 ( Windows/Macintosh
$69.99 $61.93
24. INport
$14.99 list($19.99)
25. Barbie Beauty Boutique
$64.88
26. PG MUSIC Band-In-A-Box 2004 (
$99.97 list($199.95)
27. IMAGE LINE Fruity Loops Studio
$79.00 list($99.00)
28. BIAS SoundSoap 2 ( Windows/Macintosh
$449.00
29. PROPELLERHEAD Reason 3.0 ( Windows/Macintosh
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30. eMedia Intermediate Guitar Method
$699.99
31. PINNACLE SYSTEMS Liquid Edition
$79.99 $78.95 list($99.99)
32. Finale Guitar 2003
$359.99 list($469.00)
33. Sibelius PhotoScore Academic Bundle
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34. GarageBand Jam Pack 2: Remix Tools
$395.00 list($499.00)
35. TASCAM US428 USB Digital Audio
$579.00 list($799.99)
36. STEINBERG Cubase SX3 ( Windows/Macintosh
$24.99 list($29.95)
37. Roxio Easy CD & DVD Burning
$106.99 list($149.99)
38. G7 Kontakt Edition
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39. Making Music: Create!Play!Experience!
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40. GarageBand Jam Pack 3: Rhythm

21. Adobe Audition 1.5
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00021XJ6O
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 1704
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Features

  • Full support for VST plug-ins -Expand your effects options with VST support - they can also be used in Premiere Pro
  • Stream full-resolution audio data in real-time, between Audition and ReWire, Propellerhead Reason and Ableton Live
  • Integrated CD burning tools for creating gapless audio CDs, directly from Audition
  • Frequency space editing, pitch correction and enhanced support for video
  • Visually stretch clip times for easier editing & mixing

22. Finale 2005
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Asin: B000437X1M
Catlog: Software
Publisher: eMedia
Sales Rank: 760
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23. ABLETON Live 4 ( Windows/Macintosh )

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Asin: B0002TKLLW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Ableton
Sales Rank: 3179
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Features

  • Complete MIDI recording, editing and pattern creation -- plus sequencing, combination and reorganization of MIDI clips
  • New Ableton instruments -Simpler, for creative sample-based synthesis and Impulse, for dynamic percussion sound design
  • Track-to-track I/O routing for complex mixes, post-effects recording, MIDI-to-audio conversion, submixing and synth layering
  • Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks, inputs and outputs
  • Work with hundreds of one-shot drum samples for use in Impulse

24. INport
list price: $69.99
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Asin: B0000DEB82
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Xitel
Sales Rank: 12632
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

INport ... Read more

Features

  • Record from your home stereo using your desktop or notebook as a piece of high fidelity recording equipment
  • Bypass inferior soundcards with advanced USB digital rendering technology
  • Use RCA composite audio cables to send music to your PC
  • Full ground loop isolation to ensure your recordings remain crystal clear and free from hum
  • Installs simply by plugging into a USB port ? watch the INport automatically load without the need for any special drivers

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Works with Macs
This a great product for the price.It will work on an Apple Mac running 10.3.8 - 10.4.1 (as of 5/27/05).It's not listed as being so.Felt Tip Software's "Sound Studio" works beautifully to use as recording software.It only costs $50.It's easy to use/has great features.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Hardware works great........
I first bought the ADS Instant Music to try an convert some cassettes, and the idea behind the product was great, and the software was fantastic. But with Instant Music I had some serious feedback issues, and ADS support was basically non-existant! I saw the INport product here on Amazon and figured I would give it a shot. The INport product works great! I simply plug the INport adapter into the PC with a USB cable, and then hook up my stereo with the RCA Adapters, and push play on the cassette. It's so easy...even for a non-technical guy like me! The ADS product was just as simple, but the feedback issues I had to try and deal with made the process a real nightmare. The big difference between the INport and the ADS product, is that the INport device is grounded, meaning it shield the product from all electronic interference. The only thing holding me back from giving the INport 5 stars, is the software that comes in the package. I found the ADS Nero software very user friendly, and quite a bit less complicated. So while I put the ADS hardware back in the box, I am keeping the ADS Nero software, and just using the INport device instead. If you have alot of vinyl or cassettes that you want to convert, then I would recommend the INport device, and then see if you can get a hold of the Nero software. That's the best combination I have found.

4-0 out of 5 stars Just what it says
The main thing about this item is that it just works. It uses only line level inputs, so if you're trying to rip LPs, you will need an RIAA preamplifier. The manufacturer makes no secret of this, though, and anyone who owns a turntable probably has something to plug it into for a line output. Or, if you need a cheap but pretty good one, you can haunt eBay, or see here:

http://www.paia.com/riaa.htm
Some soldering required. For those still inexplicably using Windows ME, time to move on up. You'll be glad you did. As to sound quality, all I can say is that it sounds as good as the source signal allows. I only gave it 4 stars because the bundled software is pretty rudimentary, if adequate. The utility for splitting a file into tracks is not all that reliable, but they never are, and that doesn't trouble me much. It does not include any sort of a burner, but there are any number of them out there, some pretty good ones freeware. Perhaps this is partially in relief after my dismal experiences with the ADS RDX-150, but I am very pleased with this item.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works great when you get everything else figure out.
I have an extensive LP collection that I am currently
converting to music files. This is a relatively inexpensive
device and software that does a decent job without going to
insanely expensive hardware and and software combos. I had to
overcome several problems though, and I deducted one star for
the lame manual and accompanying software. The hardware device
itself works flawlessly when hooked up right.

I'll be as direct a possible. DO NOT buy this product if
you are not comfortable doing things like routing cables and
using your Windows XP's control panel. You will cry in your beer
and make it taste bad. The ability to read instructions is a
plus, too...

This product was designed to work with the LINE OUT jacks
on your existing stereo amp. The setup is fairly simple. BUT..

As my stereo is nowhere near my computer, I decided to
run my turntable direct to my computer. Here are the things
to do to make things work right - 1. You MUST use a preamp to
boost the phono cartridge's signal. I'm using a Recotron SP2.
It's no big deal, about the size of a pack of cigarettes and
about $15. 2. You MUST ground the turntable to your other com-
ponents unless you like 60Hz hum. I used my turntables ground
wire on one of the RCA jacks on the LINE OUT side of the
preamp - works fine. 3.If you are using just a turntable, you
will NOT be able to hear your live LINE IN unless you do what
I did, which is get 2 RCA "Y" adapters to plug into the RCA
side of the INport. You run a couple of RCA lines from the
splitters to a 2xRCA into 1/8" miniplug and plug it into your
LINE IN on your souncard.(Radio Shack has these off-the-shelf.)

READ THE INSTRUCTIONS on how to get into your Sound
Devices and choose "USB Device" for default recording device
and your computer's setup (I.E. "Realtek 97"or whatever) for
playback. If you don't, you'll get silence.

For software, I am using Microsoft Plus Digital Media
Edition. I bought the cheap version as I only wanted the
Analog Recording software, not all the other stuff. It's easy
to use and the noise reduction feature works pretty well. I
didn't like Xitel's recording software. I am converting
to .WMA format for use in the Windows Media Player. Others
probably want to go MP3 or whatever.

I had to learn how to "trick" the noise reduction feature
into working right by starting the recording, then starting the
turntable from "Off" into the first cut of the side. You have
to do this with older or worn records so the software can get
usable levels for the noise reduction to work. You usually also
have to manually edit where a song begins and ends.

Well, I'm recording and ripping like crazy. Thanks INport!

1-0 out of 5 stars Inport doesn't work
We tried to connect the Inport to a Dell Dimension running Windows Millenium. It took a day to learn that the software patch needed by Millenium was not listed on the Microsoft web site, but that Microsoft will send it to you as an email attachment if you speak with a human.It took another afternoon to learn that the software patch needed to upgrade a stock Soundblaster sound card was not provided by Soundblaster, only by Dell. When the machine still did not function, we swapped all cables to be certain there was not a defective cable. Xitel does not offer telephone customer service, a phone call to their headquaters was answered by voicemail and went unanswered. The enclosed software offers customer service via email only, and requires you to spend about 45 minutes providing a transcript of software operations. The email for software was returned 24 hours later on two occasions, each time indicating the software was operating therefore the problem must be the hardware (which was not their domain). Two 3-hour telephone calls to Dell ascertained that the computer was functioning correctly. If you own an old cassette of an album available on CD you are better off buying a new recording--the sound willbe superior to any home remedy recording, plus you won't lose all that time! ... Read more


25. Barbie Beauty Boutique
list price: $19.99
our price: $14.99
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Asin: B00008OE7N
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Vivendi Universal
Sales Rank: 15
Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars GREATT!
This Is So Great! You Can Choose An Event Like Award Shows & More! Choose The Music I Love Music! & Watch A Video! And A Treated Before & After Shot!

5-0 out of 5 stars Barbie Boutique is a great computer game
I highly recommend this computer game for girls who are interested in Barbie's and the dress up thing. My daughter (age 6) absolutely loves it - it doesn't get old to her. It is very easy for her to use and there are so many different variations she can do - it never gets boring. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Barbie Beauty Boutique ~ Wonderful game!!
I have a four year old that wanted this computer game really bad. I was worried that it might be a little difficult for her because a lot of the other Barbie games are still a too old for her to understand. This game was perfect. It is easy to use but fun for everyone. She loves changing Barbie's make-up and clothes. She has played on it for hours now. I think it was worth the money!

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
This is a terrific activity for girls 4 and up. It allows the girls to be creative as they design "new looks" for Barbie and her friends. From choosing hairstyles, to coloring it (even highlights) to makeup application, nails, clothes. The girls do it all and are very proud of their efforts. And the best part for parents is that they're doing it on the computer instead of making a mess with makeup etc. in the bathroom.

The girls will sit and play this alone or together for hours.

A must-have for girls who love dress up, make up and the likes.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not That Much Fun
First off, I don't know what game the other reviews on this page are talking about, with the ice skating, Prince Stephan, castle, and maze references. The Barbie Beauty Boutique we bought had nothing like that.

My four daughters (ages 4, 6, 8, and almost 11) have been seeing this game advertised on TV, and all four of them wanted it so bad. I caved in and purchased the game for $30.00 at a store in town, even though we usually never spend that much on a PC game. We took it home, installed it, and all four girls played it, but really didn't like it much. It's just not that much fun. On the TV adds and on the box it sounds like there are a lot more outfits, jewelry, and hairstyles to choose from than there are in reality. The hairstyles especially disappointed us. You can either choose to style the hair in an "updo" or leave it down. We expected to be able to have choices like braids or pony tails, but there is nothing like that, the only hairstyle choices are "updo" styles. Most of the hairstyles looked fake and weird to me, my girls said they looked stupid. If you choose to leave the hair down you do get to decide how long the hair is, and whether to leave it strait or make it curly, but the curly hair looked as weird as the hairstyles. The accessory choices for the hair were mostly dorky looking, especially the butterflies and flowers. There were also not a lot of hair accessories to choose from, they just had a few things to choose from. I think the hair styling part is what my girls looked forward to the most so they were disappointed. I also have a problem with a lot of the clothing choices, a whole lot of midriff shirts and short skirts. The make up and nails part was alright, but nothing great.

The plus of the game is that it is easy for the kids to play so younger girls will be able to play with little to no help. (My 4 year old was fine with it, no problems at all.) However, the clothing choices and event choices are more geared to kids maybe 8 and up. My 4 and 6 year old girls didn't like as many of the clothing styles as the 8 and 10 year old did. If you are looking for a game that an older girl would like that is easy to play, this fits that bill. It would be a good game for girls who are older but haven't yet had much computer experience yet. (They learn quick though!)

All in all the game is not bad, but I do regret paying what we did for it. If I had it to do over again I would probably wait until the game was older and therefore not so expensive. If your kids want it, maybe you should see if they like the idea of the What's Her Face PC game instead. We have had that game for about a year, and it still gets played with. It's along the same lines as the Barbie Beauty Boutique, you get to choose hairstyles and clothing for your doll. There is a little more to it than the BBB, though, so I think it is more fun for the kids to play. With the What's Her Face game you get to choose your dolls face, which is fun, and then you get to choose dance moves and music for the ending scene. However, with some girls it's got to be Barbie, so that may make the BBB better in their eyes. ... Read more


26. PG MUSIC Band-In-A-Box 2004 ( Windows )

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Asin: B0002VCUZK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: PG Music
Sales Rank: 4979
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Features

  • The incredible new Soloist generates professional quality solos over any chord progression
  • With the Melodist, you can create songs from scratch with chords, melodies, intros, solos, or even a title
  • Type in the chords for any song, using standard chord symbols, and Band-In-A-Box plays it in any style -- Jazz, Pop, Country, Classical and more
  • Built-in audio harmonies will turn your audio track into multiple harmony parts and even adjust its pitch
  • Print out your finished creations, complete with repeats and endings, DC markings and codas - or save it as a graphic file for web publication or emailing

27. IMAGE LINE Fruity Loops Studio Producer ( Windows )
list price: $199.95
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Asin: B0002I75AI
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: ImageLine
Sales Rank: 3776
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

FL Studio is a full-featured sequencer perfectly suited for creation of complex songs and realistic drum loops, with 32 bit internal mixing and advanced MIDI support. The resulting song or loop can be exported to a WAV/MP3 file and all MIDI events can be exported to a standard MIDI file. FL Studio is a pattern based sequencer, which means you create your songs in pieces (patterns) using the Step Sequencer and the Piano Roll view and then weld those pieces together using the Playlist window (the Playlist also supports full-featured audio tracks with hard drive streaming). ... Read more

Features

  • High-precision mastering and special effects filters - reverb, compressor, procedural equalizer, distortion, phaser, flanger, bass boost, delay line and others
  • Sequencing methods for realistic drum loops, and complex instrumentals like advanced piano roll, arpeggiator, keyboard tracking and real-time gate
  • Unique note properties morphing ability -- pitch, cutoff, resonance, panning
  • 68 mixer tracks to work with - 64 insert and 4 send tracks - supporting up to 8 filters each, with ASIO input support and the ability to create mixer chains
  • Integrated procedural equalizer, volume and panning for each mixer track

Reviews (1)

3-0 out of 5 stars A great sequencer! but not an all in one solution
I use FL Studio frequently. It's my primary sequencer for Drums and melody.Well at least when I'm clicking notes on a grid.It actually snaps the notes to grid (something Sonar 2.0 didn't do)
As far as original melody creation and midi sequencing it's a joy to use.
Plus it supports VST effects. and I actually Like it's effects.(The EQ is nice to work with, as is the fast distortian)
Now down to why I gave it trhee stars...
For some reason It won't let me use ASIo 2.0 (even though sonar will)which makes inputting notes from my keyboard almost pianful) so I simply use the grid, or enter notes into sonar (sonar 2.0 I've seen it for $15 on ebay), my solution is to get an m-audi card to replace my OLD Soundblaster card.that should fix that problem.
Loops are difficult to control in teh playlsit window, you either have the loops snap to cell or beat (which I don't like because I don't have very much control) amd when I turn off snap to grid it's very difficult to sequence one loop after another it's too easy to put a loop to far away from the previous loop or accidentally overlap loops.
I'll get acid for all my loop sequencing needs.

The bottom line:
The only sequencer that you'll ever need (if you have a low latentcy soundcard) but not a good all in one solution.
In the future (once I get acid) I will convert my orignal material to wav and sequence in ACID ... Read more


28. BIAS SoundSoap 2 ( Windows/Macintosh )
list price: $99.00
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Asin: B0007D8R2I
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Bias
Sales Rank: 931
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Product Description

SoundSoap 2 is a user friendly audio cleaning program for Mac OS X and Windows XP. It eliminates or dramatically reduces almost any type of audio noise ? without degrading the original audio. Along with Hiss, Hum, and Rumble removal, new for version 2 are Click & Crackle removal (for vinyl LPs and other sources), and Enhance, for added "sparkle."Vinyl LP Restoration Made Easy with Click & Crackle RemovalSoundSoap 2 has the same high-performance, great-sounding algorithm as SoundSoap Pro, but gives the user a greatly simplified, single-slider control. SoundSoap 2 is a perfect, incredibly cost-effective solution for musicians, audiophiles, and video enthusiasts who need to remove everyday clicks and crackles. Simply Powerful "One Click" Audio RestorationDespite SoundSoap 2's powerful new features, it retains essentially the same fast, clean, and easy-to-use interface made famous by the original SoundSoap. And while other solutions can tend toward complexity, SoundSoap 2's strength is that it depends upon highly advanced digital signal processing to do the "heavy lifting," without forcing users to confront a bevy of confusing controls. For instance, by clicking the Learn Noise button and adjusting just two knobs, even an audio novice can instantly remove most common problems such as hiss, fan noise from air conditioners, and other background noise. As described, a single slider can effectively remove most clicks and crackles. Attractive buttons for Remo... ... Read more

Features

  • Scrub your audio clean - dramatically reduce all types of unwanted noise, from tape hiss, clicks and crackles, to buzzing, hums and rumble
  • Intelligent software algorithms for one-click restoration of audio
  • The intuitive interface handles sound restoration with a single click

29. PROPELLERHEAD Reason 3.0 ( Windows/Macintosh )

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Asin: B00093OLM6
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Propellerhead
Sales Rank: 780
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Features

  • Control almost anything in the rack with the Matrix Analog Pattern Sequencer - an analog sequencer with 32 steps per pattern, with free sizing of time signatures
  • Merge and split audio and CV signals easily with Spider Audio & Spider CV Mergers & Splitters
  • Advanced RV7000 Reverb lets you dial in your desired reverb sound in seconds, and saving it as your own preset
  • The all new Combinator builds elaborate chains of Reason units - instruments, effects, pattern sequencers, you name it - and save as patches
  • 512-band Digital Vocoder modulates in analog and digital, for a robotic voice or weird harmonics

30. eMedia Intermediate Guitar Method
list price: $59.99
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Asin: B0000696OH
Catlog: Software
Publisher: eMedia
Sales Rank: 443
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

With its latest package, eMedia goes beyond the drills and tutorials of its earlier eMedia Guitar Method, instead targeting players who already have a familiarity with their instrument. Song-based and fully interactive, eMedia Intermediate Guitar Method covers a lot of ground in its single CD and thus just skims the surface of some topics. It also seems a bit lackluster when compared to Voyetra's exciting, rock and roll-inspired Teach Me Guitar Deluxe. Nevertheless, the program offers a barrage of mid-level and advanced chording, soloing, and picking techniques that should assist any student who seeks to become a more knowledgeable and skillful guitarist.

Divided into six categories--left-hand techniques, barre chords, strumming styles, scales, solos, and fingerstyle guitar--the program delivers no less than 175 individual lessons and 41 appendices featuring most every popular musical scale in both open and closed fingering patterns, and a handy virtual chord dictionary. Most lessons allow you to adjust the speed of the music to suit your personal preference and loop certain sections for repetitive replay. Several sessions also offer optional narratives and video, though the narratives are too abbreviated to be truly informative and the video snippets, where veteran instructor Kevin Garry offers personal advice on certain techniques, are equally condensed and confined to a small window.

eMedia has provided several additional perks to make your job a bit easier, including an integrated metronome to help keep the beat, an optional tablature display for those who can't read musical notation, and an animated fretboard that graphically demonstrates each lesson's fingering positions in both left- and right-handed formats. The program's tuner isn't quite so impressive, behaving just as erratically as most computer tuners, and certainly not a replacement for a handheld digital or quartz unit. A small but serviceable audio recorder allows you to build a library of your own efforts and even jam along with self-penned arrangements.

The program concerns itself more with clean and semi-clean acoustic and electric guitar rather than heavily distorted hard rock. A valuable but curious assortment of songs dominates its many lessons, in particular Grand Funk Railroad's mysterious "I'm Your Captain/Closer to Home," The Grateful Dead's "Touch of Grey," and Jim Croce's exquisite "Time in a Bottle." Several complex classical pieces end the proceedings, culminating in the celebrated but extremely demanding arpeggio masterpiece "Romanza." It should be noted that although none of the selections are original recordings, all are capably translated and played.

Although eMedia Intermediate Guitar Method isn't especially high-spirited, it does offer a deluge of material that will ultimately benefit any guitarist with the talent and the drive to successfully take it on. With a ton of challenging musical passages and cool licks, some nifty utilities, and plenty of guitar exploration, it is recommended to novice players with virtuoso desires. --Gordon Goble ... Read more

Reviews (4)

4-0 out of 5 stars Teacher-in-a-box
I wasn't sure how this would work out, but at the price, the eMedia Guitar method offered a lot more than the books and CD's or DVD's in the local music store.

Features I really like:

Animated Fretboard diagram: How to place your fingers for chords and notes.

Chord Dictionary: Important for playing music--chords are the basis.

Metronome: Nice to have, I find metronomes annoying but they do bring your speed up as you practice.

Guitars and Their Parts: and what might be wrong with your.

Reading Chord Charts, Tablature, Notation: It's important to know how to read a chord chart, but musical notation, the backbone of all music, is not ignored. I think one should read music, so if you don't, you are encouraged to learn here.

The lessons for chords start small--one finger (like a G7), two fingers, three, and up to the tough ones with four or barred. This is rather how I learned because I learned guitar by first playing a ukelele! (The tuning of the last four strings is the same on a guitar and uke.) You are a lot less likely to suffer frustration and sore fingers if you can play a tune or two with a two-finger chord. You just don't strum the entire set of strings at first.

The strumming techniques include good video of the up and down method of the blues, and there is a section on blues guitar style, of which I was most interested.

For the money, hardly a risk. Find a good starter guitar and give it a try.

4-0 out of 5 stars John Nemerovski Software Review
I have been playing and teaching beginner and intermediate level guitar for over 40 years. Learning this instrument is easy for most people who practice regularly.

Music students pay $-$$ per guitar lesson, and a lot of that money covers instruction and repetition that self-starters and motivated self-learners don't need to spend. At under $$ US for comprehensive instructional and reference material, eMedia Intermediate Guitar Method provides exceptional value for these students.

I remember being lukewarm to positive in my appraisal of Volume One, the beginner CD in this series. It has been revised since then. If it's as good as this Intermediate CD (Volume Two), beginners now have a much better chance of learning from scratch.

From my first encounter with eMedia Intermediate Guitar Method (abbreviated as "IGM"), the experience has consistently been positive. Installation of the cross-platform CD's software takes only a minute or two. Initial 23 pages of sensible, thorough Introduction and Tips cover all necessary instructions, commands, and options, including well-written and illustrated:

Animated Fretboard diagram

explanation of the Chord Dictionary and Metronome

description of Guitars and Their Parts, including holding, stringing, and tuning

details on Reading Chord Charts, plus Tablature and Music Notation.

Once students are "Ready to Take It to the Next Level" the lessons begin with straightforward left-hand melody techniques. Subsequent topics include barre chords, right hand strumming styles, "Using Scales and Building Chords," plus solo and fingerstyle methodology.

One set of icons on the page of each song or exercise takes you directly to spoken short descriptions of a song's history, or pithy comments such as "Use a pick so your fingers don't fall off." A different icon launches the Animated Fretboard's display, playing the song or exercise while fret numbers display simultaneously with a running presentation of the notation or tablature for the piece. Very impressive, all of it, and not nearly as complicated as it appears from reading the above paragraph.

Navigational arrows lower right easily take you forward or back one page, and the Tools and Goto menus at top offers complete navigation throughout the entire application, including:

Scale Directory and audio enhanced Chord Dictionary (REALLY GOOD!)

Tuner and Metronome

Self-recording feature.

Additional observations:

1. Set your screen resolution to one higher than 800x600 for best viewing.

2. The IGM's CD responds quickly and quietly when playing its instructional QuickTime sound and picture files.

3. A special icon launches short QuickTime movies in which a very competent guitarist demonstrates the techniques0 with close-up camera on the active hand.

4. Colored live embedded links take you directly to related chapters, if desired. (Is there a way to jump right back? I can't figure that out.)

5. Special mentions of differences between electric guitars and acoustic instruments are given, when appropriate.

Instruction is segmented logically, with high-quality attention to detail. I plan to begin using the IGM software, movies, and sound files immediately with my students. Its cost is a bargain for the reference features alone.

If you know your way around the guitar and want to "Take It to the Next Level," IGM is easy to recommend. When all your prior instruction has come from a human teacher, the comprehension curve for this multimedia application will seem steep at first. Remember that repetition is your friend, music students. Take your time, practice a lot, and you'll be glad you purchased eMedia Intermediate Guitar Method.

Nemo's MyMac.com "Q/D/S/V Standard" for all product reviews:

Q = QUALITY, including ease of installation, performance, stability, and general happy relationship with everything on my system;

D = DOCUMENTATION, both printed and electronic, plus appropriate website material;

S = SUPPORT, in the form of email, phone, and web updates;

V = VALUE, which includes both original cost and subsequent expenses.

Depending upon previous instruction and self-teaching skills of guitar student, our rating is:

4 out of 5
A very decent product. Worth the time and investment, but look for competing products.
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BR> Fantastic products! Well worth your money and investment. The best of its kind.
John Nemerovski

5-0 out of 5 stars Great approach to lead guitar!
When you think of guitar heroes you think of their lead guitar prowess. This awesome guitar CD-ROM does an amazing job of teaching lead guitar through a ton of scales, techniques and licks. After each scale, you'll get some lick or song to practice with. There are even some fully transcribed solos by Hendrix and Clapton. The coolest thing about Emedia is their animated guitar neck that plays all the songs. It shows bend and lets you slow the songs down. There is also a lot on rhythm guitar techniques.

5-0 out of 5 stars Overhauled version of Guitar Method 2 rocks!
I'm a fan of eMedia. In the 2 years I've owned a guitar I tried to teach myself how to play time after time only to end with frustration. Being in college I'm too cheap to buy lessons and too busy to sit down at a scheduled time. I picked up eMedia's Guitar Method to get the basics of playing down, and after only 4 months of playing I'm finally ready for Intermediate Guitar Method.

Intermediate Guitar Method is incredible! Unlike Guitar Method 2 it has an animated fretboard just like in GM1. It has also expanded it's lesson library from 85 to 175 lessons. It has an expanded chord dictionary with over 1,000 chords providing sound for each chord (a huge step up from GM1's 250 chord dictionary). What I didn't like about GM1 was that it seemed to focus on using the acoustic guitar. Many of the recordings (Clapton, Hendrix) in IGM are played with an electric, which offers a nice balance between the two. The techniques that are learned in IGM are advanced, but I'm convinced that there is no other software available that will make them easier to learn or more enjoyable to play. ... Read more


31. PINNACLE SYSTEMS Liquid Edition PRO Upgrade ( Windows )

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Asin: B00067R5VY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 6142
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Features

  • Advanced SmartRT technology produces thousands of 2D and 3D effects for broadcast-quality sound
  • Thousands of compositing effects -- work with up to 10 streams with real-time effects, true 3D color correction, chroma/luma keys and more
  • Integrated DVD authoring -- create your own motion menus, buttons and automatic links
  • CX Color Correction features both secondary and selective color correction, Dynamic Slow Motion and other high-precision effects

32. Finale Guitar 2003
list price: $99.99
our price: $79.99
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Asin: B000084VGM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: MakeMusic!
Sales Rank: 1258
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Enter your music in a traditional staff, or display it automatically for a TAB staff
  • An extensive library of special symbols and shapes used with notation and for over 50 fretted instruments
  • Input notes with a MIDI guitar and see instant TAB notation
  • Advanced music scanning technology and optical character recognition helps musicians scan sheet music and turn it into a Finale file
  • Rhyming Dictionary helps songwriters find the right rhyme for any lyric

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for a Beginner or Advanced Musician-at a low price
I received this software on Christmas this year in addition with a MIDI keyboard. This software is excellent! Some say that they prefer Sibelius software but I disagree. This software gives you the power to enter notes in seconds, play with a swing feeling, print, and publish to the web in seconds. If people tell you that this software is aggravating then they do not know what they are talking about. Even if you don't have a MIDI connection, you can simply type notes in on your computer keyboard. If you do not trust what I am saying, go to www.finalemusic.com and download Finale Notepad software. If you also do not want to spend $75 on this software, buy Finale Printmusic! software. for $46.88. on this website. And, if you buy this software and master it, you can upgrade to Finale which is possibly the world's best music producing software.

3-0 out of 5 stars Powerful program but aggravating
This is a powerful piece of notation software. It can transcribe MIDIs, has all kinds of articulations, its notations extends to ALL instruments (not just guitar), can sheet music in from a scanner and read it and convert it, and it can convert regular sheet music into tab (very useful if you got shafted by a songbook that claimed to have guitar notation but only had the chords in a fretboard diagram not the notes), and you can also make your own midis and switch between keys effortlessly. The negatives are that it is not easy to use. Some things seem out of place for example when placing chords you have to click on another menu apart from the Chords menu to get the program to display the fretboard diagram of the chord, replacing notes in either tab or standard music notation is very tedious and sometimes aggravating, placing articulations can be tedious as well, the program will lag your system, and last but definitely not least it has the terrible and annoying habit of changing the tab numbers you copy between measures if your using a certain template with standard notation above it. If you think you can handle all of that then this program might be for you. ... Read more


33. Sibelius PhotoScore Academic Bundle
list price: $469.00
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Asin: B0002EKM7K
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Sibelius
Sales Rank: 6767
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Product Description

Sibelius and PhotoScore Pro Bundle. Sibelius 3 is the brand new version of this award-winning software, with over 200 new features and feature enhancements. PhotoScore Professional is the most advanced software package of its kind. The Sibelius Educational Editions are intended solely for the use of qualified students, educators, educational institutions, and church and music ministry personnel residing in North/Central/South America. ... Read more


34. GarageBand Jam Pack 2: Remix Tools
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00066M0SI
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 1376
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Features

  • Extension of sounds and creative options for making music
  • Complete set of beats, bass lines, synth hooks, and keyboard riffs
  • Over 2000 prerecorded loops covering different styles and tempos
  • Classic drum machines; beat kits from 20+ distinct genres
  • Turntable effects; assortment of playable synth instruments

35. TASCAM US428 USB Digital Audio Workstation Controller
list price: $499.00
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Asin: B00029MKQQ
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Tascam
Sales Rank: 4924
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Product Description

US-428 8-track digital audio workstation controller ... Read more

Features

  • Features 24-bit front end, with 2 XLR inputs, 2 balanced 1/4 in. TRS inputs, 2 unbalanced 1/4 in. inputs (switchable to Hi-Z), and S/PDIF I/O
  • Simultaneous four-channel audio in & 2-channel audio out, through your USB
  • Frequency Response - 20 Hz-20 kHz; 0.5 dB/-0.3 dB
  • Real tactile controls for all the most-used function in your DAW applications
  • Supports unlimited banks of 8 faders

36. STEINBERG Cubase SX3 ( Windows/Macintosh )
list price: $799.99
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Asin: B0007DFM2Q
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Steinberg
Sales Rank: 3683
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Product Description

Cubase SX3 takes music production to a new level by adding more than 70 new features including powerful Audio Warp Realtime Timestretching, an intuitive Play Order Track, convenient Inplace Editing and many new editing functions. For the first time, a native music production system combines full-featured audio and MIDI recording and editing, virtual instruments and powerful audio mixing with the added flexibility of loop- and pattern-based arranging and mixing. Cubase SX3 supports Windows XP and Mac OSX and works with a multitude of audio interfaces. Add to that the seamless integration of external audio and MIDI hardware, and Cubase SX3 redefines music production technology. ... Read more

Features

  • Native music-production system with powerful audio mixing
  • Full-featured audio and MIDI recording and editing; virtual instruments
  • Powerful audio-warp realtime timestretching; intuitive play-order track
  • Works with a multitude of audio interfaces; convenient inplace editing
  • Seamless integration of external audio and MIDI hardware

37. Roxio Easy CD & DVD Burning
list price: $29.95
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Asin: B00062VOW0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Roxio
Sales Rank: 5149
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38. G7 Kontakt Edition
list price: $149.99
our price: $106.99
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Asin: B0002WT64M
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sibelius Software Ltd.
Sales Rank: 736
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Features

  • Compatibility with Mac OS X 10.3 Panther
  • G7 Guitar Guide updated with more information and photos of guitars, provided by Fender and Gibson
  • Ability to enter tab data directly through a MIDI guitar has been significantly improved
  • Opens Finale and Finale Guitar files

39. Making Music: Create!Play!Experience!
list price: $29.99
our price: $22.99
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Asin: B00015V59O
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Viva Media
Sales Rank: 168
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Create, play, and experience music using only your mouse and imagination
  • Innovative software by world-renowned composer Morton Subotnick
  • Endless possibilities to draw original compositions on your screen
  • Cool games teach rhythm, melody, pitch, musical instruments, and more
  • Choose from 16 instruments; compose with 23 tools

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars An old favorite remains the best of its kind!
As a third grade teacher, I had this product in my classroom for years, until one day it inevitably got lost. I have been looking for a new copy for a while, and was glad to find it available on Amazon. It is, in my opinion, the best program of its type. The concept is very easy, children paint in a KID PIX type of format onto a white board, and that painting is then translated into music. If you draw at the top of the screen you will have a high note, at the bottom a low note. The longer you draw the same pitch horizontally the longer the note will be held. The simplicity makes it accessible to kids as young as kindergarten, but there's lots of features that make it riveting for older kids and adults as well. You have a wide variety of instrument to "draw" your music with, and there are lots of options that allow kids to experience their compositions in different ways. Hear your opus backwards or learn what it sounds like if it were flipped upside down. This is a program that people of all ages will enjoy (it was one of everyone's favorites on parent night). Sometimes simpler really is superior, and this program is a perfect example. ... Read more


40. GarageBand Jam Pack 3: Rhythm Section
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00066M0SS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 1322
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Features

  • Extension of sounds and creative options for making music
  • Impressive array of drum kits, percussion, basses, and guitars
  • Over 2000 loops for rock, blues, jazz, and country songs
  • New software drum kits and fully playable acoustic and electric basses
  • 10+ playable guitars and other stringed instruments like dobro and banjo

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