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61. HARMONIC VISION Music Ace ( Windows/Macintosh
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62. Apple Soundtrack Pro Upgrade (Mac)
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63. Hip-Hop 4 E-Jay
$199.00
64. M-AUDIO Propellerhead ReCycle
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65. Music Creator 2
$25.99 $24.95 list($29.94)
66. eMedia Blues Guitar Legends
$94.99 list($139.99)
67. Cakewalk Home Studio 2004
$79.99 $74.43 list($109.99)
68. Music Creator Pro 24
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69. Ahead Software NERO 6-THE ULTIMATE
$89.00
70. ARTICULATE SYSTEMS Practica Musica
$299.99 $289.00 list($319.00)
71. Sibelius 3 Cross Platform - Educational
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72. Screenblast Sound Forge
$199.00 list($269.00)
73. TASCAM US122 Audio/MIDI Interface
$39.99 $32.94
74. Audio Cleaning Lab 2005 (Large
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75. Xplay 2
$149.00
76. IMAGE LINE Fruity Loops Studio
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77. Auralia 2 for Windows
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78. HARMONIC VISION Music Ace 2 (
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79. Teach Me Piano Deluxe
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80. Cakewalk Home Studio 2002

61. HARMONIC VISION Music Ace ( Windows/Macintosh )

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Asin: B00007BGQP
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Harmonic Vision
Sales Rank: 771
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Features

  • Puts fun into music fundamentals
  • Builds solid music foundation
  • Challenges, engages, rewards and motivates
  • Ideal for beginning music students
  • Lively animation and colorful graphics

62. Apple Soundtrack Pro Upgrade (Mac)

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Asin: B0009319K8
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 1258
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Features

  • Includes over 5,000 sound effect and music Apple Loops, a console-style mixer with control surface support, synchronized external video display support, AppleScript support, ambient noise print, audio time stretching, and multi-take recording.
  • Waveform Editor With Action-based Editing—Allows editors to reorder, suspend, and delete any audio edit or process at any time.
  • Intelligent Find-andFix—Lets editors quickly identify and repair common audio problems.
  • Professional Effect Plug-ins—Editors can expand their sonic and creative palettes with over 50 professional effects plug-ins.
  • Multitrack Editor and Mixer—Soundtrack Pro features a multitrack editor that allows you to build complete projects with hundreds of audio tracks.

63. Hip-Hop 4 E-Jay
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Asin: B00015GYL8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc.
Sales Rank: 1425
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Features

  • Add life and power to your hip-hop beats, with the 4,000 samples included here
  • Mix your own tracks to create perfect sound, with the 48-track arranger
  • Innovative new Scratch Box gives you virtual turntables, to add the power freestyle record scratching
  • Professional recording studio options in the Rap Box feature
  • Use Tag Generator to spray your own graffiti

64. M-AUDIO Propellerhead ReCycle 2.1 ( Windows XP / Mac OS X )

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Asin: B0002UXDRU
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 5340
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Features

  • True Windows XP Support
  • Multiple Undos
  • Full 24-Bit Resolution
  • Reason Adapted and Reload Included

65. Music Creator 2
list price: $57.99
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Asin: B0002PZWT2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Cakewalk
Sales Rank: 1870
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Features

  • Record audio and MIDI tracks using any instrument, vocals, or audio loops
  • Write music for CDs, sheet music, home videos, and the Internet
  • Edit, arrange, and mix music; make loops out of any MP3 or WAV file
  • Integrates seamlessly with Cakewalk Kinetic and other Rewire synths
  • Includes Pyro Express CD Maker and WAV Ripper

66. eMedia Blues Guitar Legends
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Asin: B000051SGQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: eMedia
Sales Rank: 887
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The word innovative can often be a hackneyed term to describeeye-catching software design. But in the case of eMedia's Blues Guitar Legends,the word is truly apt. The rock cognoscenti here at Amazon.com's music-softwareevaluation division are really starting to love eMedia's guitar instructionseries. Quite simply, we've seen nothing like their products before, andapparently we're in the majority, judging by the popularity of the Seattle-basedcompany's other titles, like Guitar Methods 1 and 2.

For those who want to learn blues-style guitar playing--which should be anyguitarist interested in the roots of pop music--you can do no better than BluesGuitar Legends Vol. 1. Picture buying an audio CD of 10 of the greatest bluessongs of all time, but instead of getting just the songs on disk, you alsoreceive a comprehensive, visually rich system for learning those songs. Throw incommon information about guitar tuning, song notation, and biographical data onthe artists, and you've got eMedia's Blues Guitar Legends.

Upon launching the program, a content window pops up with pictures of nine bluesartists--including Muddy Waters, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, and Stevie RayVaughn--and one band, the Allman Brothers. Roll your mouse over the picture andhear a quick sample of a song, one of many little details we love about thisprogram. If you're just starting out, you can click on the Intro icon to get anoverview of the software, its icons, and their functions. Learn fingerpositions, how to read chord charts, and how to tune your guitar using thebuilt-in tuner. Go back to the content window and click on an artist to launch asong. Have your guitar ready, because now the fun begins.

As the song is playing, you'll view the heart of eMedia's system--the animatedfretboard--and the notation window containing the musical score of the guitarparts in the song. The animated fretboard is simply one of the coolest featuresyou'll find in instruction software. It's a top-down view of a guitar neck, withchord and finger patterns that change, or play, as the song plays. You canactually watch how the fingers slide, bend the string, and use vibrato. B.B.King's trademark butterfly tremolo technique is dutifully re-created, as is DuaneAllman's legendary slide style.

You can slow down the tempo of the song, loop sections, change between lead andchord parts, record yourself playing, and even sing along to the lyrics if youwant. Practically the only thing you can'tdo is stop to ask Muddy Waters a question, but with this software, you won'thave to. You'll be speaking his language soon enough.

Most of all, you'll have a lot of fun with Blues Guitar Legends. And you justmight spare yourself years of a hard-living, freight-train-catching bluesman'slifestyle. --John Bosch ... Read more

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing!
There is simply no better way to learn these songs. You can isolate different sections of the music and loop them over and over (both the audio and the tab/notation). You can even slow it down. The animated fretboard is also very cool. It plays the notes in time with the music. It even bends the notes. I only wish they'd make more.

2-0 out of 5 stars Poor user interface, technical problems
I spent about an hour getting this to work correctly. I am disappointed with the interface and the lack of lesson information. Not a bad product but there are better guitar programs for sure

4-0 out of 5 stars Great fun but not for beginners
This is a wonderful CDRom. The songs are mighty enjoyable, and eMedia lets you see exactly how the blues greats created the toe-tapping music that they did. But be warned: learning to play these songs using the eMedia system isn't for rank beginners. I'm a classical guitar player with over a decade of playing experience, and I had to slow the songs to less than half their speed to even have a fighting chance of keeping up. You're expected to already know some blues techniques and have some accessories (e.g. a glass slide). Eventually, I know I'll get the hang of these songs and have a great time. But it's gonna take practice, practice, practice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Play blues like a pro
I picked up Blues Guitar Legend because of the great songs by Stevie Ray Vaughan and BB King. When I saw the animated fretboard I was blow away. Bends, slide and vibroto make this feature very cool. The multi speed option made learning the songs very easy. I highly recomend picking this one up. ... Read more


67. Cakewalk Home Studio 2004
list price: $139.99
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Asin: B00009X70J
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Cakewalk
Sales Rank: 998
Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good except for one obnoxious thing...
I bought this from EBay in January 2004, and from what I see today Amazon is offering an excellent price.

On first appearance, this software looks to be complciated to learn. The thing is, they packed it with more features than I personally would ever need. If you have the patience, you can really get some neat things out of the software. I played around with it, but eventually discarded the manual and started using it just like my old tape-drive 4-track recorder. Build-in metronome? Cool. Don't need it. Built-in effects? Might use it someday. Not today. So - you can get off the ground with the basic pretty quickly. One really neat thing is graphicly selecting regions that you want to punch in before hitting record. All in all, really good.

There are a couple of clunky thing about it that you can work around easily - if you try to record a track before selecting an input device, for example, that track isn't going to work again (so just deleted it and make a new one). Double-clicking a Cakewalk file from file explorer results in an error, so bring up the application first, then load the file. I haven't run into any really drastic bugs, but makes me wonder when I will.

Okay - my big beef - you have to pay extra to enable mixing down to MP3. I personally find it very obnoxious to buy a fully-featured, production piece of software - and then they want MORE MONEY - $30 - to enable what should be a standard feature. You can mix down to plenty of formats, sure, but let's face it, you'd expect MP3 to be a pretty standard format to use. I feel cheated and not respected as a customer of the product when the developers resort to this kind of money-grubbing.

Well, I was going to give 2 starts because of the MP3 thing, but to be fair, overall this is a really nice piece of software, so it deserves a balanced review. Happy recording!

2-0 out of 5 stars Powerful but hard
I bought the program, so that I could be able to record MIDI. I have an Casio WK-1800 keyboard, which I thought to connect to my computer. I connected the keyboard with a Yamaha UX-16 Midi in/Midi out to USB connector. I have gone through zillions of e-mails with support, and they don't seem to be able to make it work.

Otherwise, the program is a powerful workhorse, only if you spend hours and hours of figuring everything out. As an first-timer, I don't recommend this product. But as an professional, go for it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good value - if you have the patience
I bought this as a home recording novice. Whereas my prior home recording experience was limited to a microphone and an office tape recorder, my knowledge of desktop computers and how they operate is extensive. Novices be aware that Cakewalk has a steep learning curve with regard to troubleshooting. Don't expect to install and be recording right away. This is a very complex program and it seems the possibilities for conflicts with other software on the computer is endless. I can't imagine having to wrestle with this beast not having the computer knowledge that I have. For example, to avoid dropouts I have to set my soundcard and Cakewalk audio mode to ASIO. It will not record in the standard MME mode and to this day I have no idea why and have explored every possible soundcard conflict to no avail.

That being said - if you are up to a couple weeks of trying to defeat the beast, Cakewalk does provide a tool for you to make pro-quality digital recordings at a bargain price. You have unlimited tracks for audio and MIDI instruments. I only use the audio tracks to record guitar and bass compositions. The drum machine included in the software is kind of weak so I recommend getting a CD of professional drum loops. With a good drum loop I can record a bass line, rythm guitar track, and lead guitar track with sound quality that match any store-bought CD I own.

The options to tweak your sound are practically infinite. So you are limited only by time and your imagination.

If you think it will be too much of a hassle, I understand. Otherwise, if you have the courage and determination, you will eventually reap the rewards.

2-0 out of 5 stars The Jury is Still Out
After an apparently successful installation, the "Wave Profiler," module repeatedly crashed my machine. Installation of the patch offered by Cakewalk did not seem to be of any help.

At present, I am able to record MIDI. Due to the aforementioned problem with wave profiler, however, I am unable to record instruments through mic/line input.

I believe this software does have potential. Hopefully I will be able to realize it in the near future. This reveiew will be updated accordingly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cakewalk Home Studio just keep getting better and better!
Cakewalk products just keep getting better and better. Possibly the best all-around home studio recording software packages in it's (low!) price range. Cakewalk Home Studio 2004 includes a whole whack of goodies, including some very serious new tools for musicians. The best part is that Home Studio is nice and easy to use.

If you're a musician stepping into the world of digital recording, Cakewalk Home Studio gently eases you into a creative recording environment, providing you with everything you need to turn your computer into a powerful multitrack recording studio.

With lots of pro level features not found in most other recording software packages, Home Studio 2004 records up to 24-bit / 96 kHz audio and is designed to let you focus on the creative process of making music.

Home Studio also includes the great sounding EDIROL Virtual Sound Canvas DXi. With over 990 sounds and drum sets, this little 'extra' is actually a HUGE bonus with the software.

One of Home Studio's many pro-level features is support for multi-channel audio cards. This is great if you want to record more than one instrument or audio track at once - perfect for recording live bands with each musician recorded to a separate track.

Want to create some killer drum tracks? It's easy to 'paint' drum tracks with the simple 'click and drag' feature. You can record unlimited audio and MIDI tracks, mix with real-time audio and MIDI effects, and then burn your masterpiece to CD with Pyro Express CD maker and WAV ripper. Home Studio 2004 supports ACID-format, MP3, WAV, WMA and MIDI files.

For anyone wanting to enter the magical world of digital recording, this product is truly an excellent choice... ... Read more


68. Music Creator Pro 24
list price: $109.99
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Asin: B0000A3C4L
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Cakewalk
Sales Rank: 2732
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Turn your PC into a powerful multitrack recording studio
  • Record unlimited tracks of audio and MIDI
  • Mix with real-time audio and MIDI effects
  • Perform with DXi software synthesizers
  • Record up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio

Reviews (1)

2-0 out of 5 stars Great features, but partially unusable, with terrible suppor
I bought Music Creator Pro to create sound tracks for the video projects I've been putting together, and it's a very capable set of tools. The MIDI and recorded sound mixing, effects, and automation would be perfect for my application - if they worked. The description of the product on Cakewalk's web site is accurate, and the user interface is not very difficult to understand.

I installed the software on a fast Windows XP machine, and soon discovered that it would crash when the drum pattern paint tool was used. Cakewalk's tech support has been very slow in their responses, taking at least one day and sometimes more than four to respond. I still haven't received any help other than advice to reinstall the product (I did), make sure I have the latest drivers (I do), and delete a couple of configuration files (I did). The drum pattern tool still crashes the application, and in the course of working through the tutorials (the ones I can use) I have also discovered some features that appear to be globally disabled.

Two weeks after installing the product, I'm simultaneously very impressed with the features and capabilities, and very disappointed with the responsiveness of Cakewalk's tech support. If everything worked the way it was supposed to, I would probably rate Music Creator Pro with five stars.

[update]
It's now a month since purchase, and the software still does not work correctly. Cakewalk will not support this product by telephone. If you call their (non-toll-free) support number, you are told that they only support Music Creator Pro by email. They have failed to respond to either of my last two email messages, the first of which was sent two weeks ago. ... Read more


69. Ahead Software NERO 6-THE ULTIMATE ALL-IN-ONE ( 00700 )

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Asin: B0007RB1KY
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Ahead Software
Sales Rank: 3882
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70. ARTICULATE SYSTEMS Practica Musica 4.5 (Windows/Macintosh)

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Asin: B0000AVF6Z
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 1866
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • This award-winning music training software has over 80 theory and ear training activities, focusing on rhythm tapping, interval recognition, chord spelling and more
  • Vocalis voice input technology allowing users to sing or play instrumental input into activities, using any USB microphone
  • All-new notation tools allow students to write not only melodies, but also chorales and other polyphonic compositions
  • Built-in MIDI capabilities mean no more third-party software to deal with -- just plug in an instrument or keyboard and get started
  • Greater control over the range of generated melodies -- users can even define chords with a root that is not actually present

Reviews (1)

3-0 out of 5 stars Practica Practice
I don't remember ever opening this book, other than to glance at it for this review. However, I did use the computer program that accompanies it for ear training many many times. The program has quite a few glitches, but few that will be a large deterrant for those who want to use it for practice. I thought that the program was an excellent option for those who don't have time for an ear training partner, but need to hear new intervals. ... Read more


71. Sibelius 3 Cross Platform - Educational Edition
list price: $319.00
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Asin: B0001WY5ZS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sibelius Software Ltd.
Sales Rank: 614
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Software for writing, playing, printing, and publishing music notation
  • Scan in printed music; high-quality sounds for playback
  • Saves time; elegant and intuitive; school feature sets
  • Publish music world-wide or create personal CDs and MP3s
  • Designed for students, educators, and professional composers

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars The best in the world
This software is absolutely the best out there.
It does notation, scanning and web publishing, and includes world class sounds and the ability to burn CDs. ... Read more


72. Screenblast Sound Forge
list price: $69.99
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Asin: B0001IQPZU
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment
Sales Rank: 821
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Features

  • A fast way to turn your PC into a digital production studio
  • Record from CD, microphone, LP, cassette, or musical instrument
  • Edit recordings with a wide range of tools and effects
  • Liven up presentations, recordings, and music
  • 30+ digital audio effects and processes; over 1001 sound effects

73. TASCAM US122 Audio/MIDI Interface with Free Software
list price: $269.00
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Asin: B0002DOXIK
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Tascam
Sales Rank: 5846
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Features

  • 2 XLR-fed phantom-powered mic inputs with inserts
  • 2 line level inputs(switchable to guitar level)
  • 16 channels of MIDI I/O
  • Adjustable zero-latency direct monitoring
  • Two line outputs and headphone output with level control

74. Audio Cleaning Lab 2005 (Large Box)
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B0002S096K
Catlog: Software
Publisher: MAGIX ENTERTAINMENT
Sales Rank: 1004
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Features

  • Individual tracks are recognized and selected
  • Timer-controlled Recording (ideal for internet radio)
  • Recording function for microphones & instrument inputs
  • Phono preamp simulation with RIAA EQ -Direct recording from vinyl records
  • Resampling presets for correcting playback speed on old vinyl 45s or 78s

75. Xplay 2
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B00023XDY0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Mediafour Corporation
Sales Rank: 954
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Features

  • Expands and improves use of iPod with Windows
  • Quickly and easily transfer music to and from the iPod
  • Improved support for international characters
  • Displays album art; supports play counts; drag-and-drop interface
  • Compatible with Audible files, AAC files, and auto WMA-to-MP3 conversion

76. IMAGE LINE Fruity Loops Studio ( Windows )

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Asin: B0002I75A8
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 2986
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Features

  • Features internal 32 bit floating point mixing, up to 96kHz stereo
  • High-precision mastering and special effects filters -reverb, compressor, procedural equalizer, distortion, phaser, flanger, bass boost and more
  • Full-featured sequencer lets you create songs in pieces and weld those song pieces together into a full composition
  • Work with a wide range of effects for your added instruments -reverb, phaser, flanger and more
  • Route the mixer tracks in new ways to create complex mixing chains

77. Auralia 2 for Windows

our price: $119.00
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Asin: B0001XDVVQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sibelius Software Ltd.
Sales Rank: 1644
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78. HARMONIC VISION Music Ace 2 ( Windows / Macintosh )

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Asin: B00004WLB7
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Harmonic Vision
Sales Rank: 1307
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Music Ace 2, the second title in the highly-acclaimed Music Ace series from Harmonic Vision, is designed for beginning and intermediate students
  • Featuring 2,000 musical examples and covering treble, alto and bass clefs, Music Ace 2 picks up where Music Ace leaves off to introduce standard notation, rhythm, melody, harmony, intervals and much more
  • Maestro Max and his choir of Singing Notes return for an encore performance with a variety of new instruments to provide students with a continuing introduction to music fundamentals and theory
  • Music Ace 2 continues the same fun and engaging format of 24 comprehensive lessons, challenging games and a creative composition tool
  • Lessons - 24 engaging, self-paced lessons that accelerate development of fundamental music skills and music theory

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Making Music Fun
Very well developed program for the young student of music. Can hook up your keyboard to your computer & work the lessons that way, or just use the keyboard, too. Teaches beginning tempo, rhythm, introduces the various concepts of all the differences in tempo, beat, etc. Teaches about the grand staff, also has a "doodle pad" where kids can make their own music & hear it played back to them. Lots of fun! ... Read more


79. Teach Me Piano Deluxe
list price: $49.99
our price: $42.99
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Asin: B00005Q5X4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Voyetra
Sales Rank: 1331
Average Customer Review: 2.71 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Voyetra has created a winner with Teach Me Piano Deluxe. This comprehensive set includes lessons, music reference, music-related games, and even a simple recording console. It should appeal to both beginning and intermediate players.

Installation was fast and trouble-free. The application's interface is well-designed and navigation through the program is self-explanatory. From the main menu you can select Piano Lessons, Recording Station/Jammin' Keys, Music Games, Music Reference, and SoundCheck. We moved right into the piano lessons, which cover getting started, right-hand training, rhythm training, and more. You can also zoom in on individual chapters, and select solo exercises from a drop-down list.

After choosing right-hand stretches, a video window popped up with our friendly instructor, Hugh Berberich. The camera view is over-the-shoulder, top-down on his hand as he slowly plays a scale up one octave. The video window allows one to pause or repeat the lesson, and move to the next lesson when ready. Throughout this and other lessons, Hugh explains concepts such as intervals, bars, and sharps and flats in a clear and concise manner.

Having made it through a lesson with Hugh, we then checked out the recording capabilities of Teach Me Piano. The recording station looks like a simple mixing board, with 12 sliders; Record, Mute, and Solo buttons; LED level meters; and transport functions. The recording station is quite simple and effective for multitracking keyboard parts, transposing MIDI data to different keys, and assigning the recorded MIDI data to the 128 General MIDI-compatible instruments. Although there are no features like editing or effects, it works well for the purposes of simple recording.

Additional features like music games and the Jammin' Keys section provide a respite from the lessons. Overall, Teach Me Piano offers a lot for the beginning or intermediate piano student, and would probably appeal to those simply interested in the piano's role in modern music. --John Bosch ... Read more

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars I have looked at others but this is simply the best...
What they don't tell you is that, you can add midi songs from the internet to the trainer, so that you can learn thousands of songs.
In the lessons, you can change the tempo, if it goes to fast. You can ask it to label the notes with the corresponding letters, as well as, the fingers to use. You can pick a range of measures to go over, instead of the entire song. The most important part of learning music is the timing and this program teaches it from the beginning.
The sequence that the material is presented and studied is thoroughly professional and challenges you every step of the way. This program with a midi keyboard connected to a computer is an ... alternative to traditional music lessons for children and adults.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product !!
I'm 52 years old and learning to play the piano for the first time. I'm using Teach Me Piano Deluxe in combination with my computer (running win xp) and a midi keyboard. I've been at it now for 5 months (practicing about an hour each day). When I started I knew nothing and now I'm playing simple songs. Short of having a teacher sitting beside you, I think this software is the next best thing. If you're willing to make the investment in time, Teach Me Piano will take you a long way toward learning the piano.

2-0 out of 5 stars Non-Turtle Beach Sound Card Owners beware
AFTER READING THIS REVIEW, PLEASE READ THE UPDATE LOCATED TOWARDS THE BOTTOM.

After reading the reviews of Teach Me Piano Deluxe elsewhere, I must admit that I was geeked.

However, after reading the reviews of the same software here at Amazon.com, I was somewhat apprehensive due to the bad reviews it received, especially for Windows 2000 users and especially the boxed retail version sold in stores.

Therefore, I called Voyetra customer support, told them that I was running Win 2K and there were bad reports on the boxed software and Win 2k. He assured me that there was no difference between the download version and the retail version.

I took him at his work and purchased the retail version. WRONG MOVE! It would really be a nice package IF IT WORKED! As another reviewer stated, the sound is terrible. The MIDI settings keep changing. Sound is intermittent and may leave you at any time.

Using the headphones with this software is a nightmare. Sometimes the sound comes out through the speakers when it should come out through the headphones. Then it might come to its senses and do the right thing.

This software is also a CPU hog. Most of the time, CPU usage is 100%. It hangs constantly, especially during the video episodes and during the verbal instructions. Not only will this software not work properly, but after I kill it in Task Manager, it has the nerve to foul up any other apps that I may want run, even Internet Explorer!

I have rebooted my system tonight 8 times in the course of 1.5 hours. This is totally unacceptable. I will be calling Voyetra on Monday for an upgrade or a refund.

I write software for a living and I am extremely familiar with how to install and use vast numbers of software packages.

However setting up and using software should be a no brainer for even the most novice of users. I feel sorry for a novice trying to wrestle control of their computer back from this software.

UPDATE:

I was FINALLY able to get this program to behave. I was able to, by hunting and pecking, to figure out that for my Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum sound card that I had to set specific MIDI Synth before the MIDI Input would work and I had to do it in a specific order. It seems that Voyetra not only wants to sell you their software, but they only support the Turtle Beach sound card which they also want to sell you. With Sound Blaster soundcards being the most popular sound cards, not to mention the fact that many PCs motherboards now come with integrated sound cards, this is unrealistic. I know that every sound card may not be tested, but at least the most popular ones should and there should be a non-Turtle Beach compatibility list on their website. At the very least, the software should warn the consumer that they purchase this software at their own risk if they have a non-Turtle Beach sound card because Voyetra will not provide technical support BEFORE THEY PURCHASE THE SOFTWARE.

Since I eventually got it to work after much PAIN, I upgraded my rating to 2 stars.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not too bad...
Worked out a lot better than expected. Requires a lot of perseverance and self-determination, but the program itself is very intuitive and easy to use. Highly recommended.

2-0 out of 5 stars Try this one...
With all these bad reviews, I'd like to make a suggestion...Adventus Piano Suite Premier...Lots of songs, rock solid stability (run the patch from the website if you have any problems) and easy transition from one lesson to the next... ... Read more


80. Cakewalk Home Studio 2002
list price: $79.99
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Asin: B00005NTGJ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Cakewalk
Sales Rank: 3865
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Cakewalk Home Studio 2002 frees you from dependence on studios and technicians so you can do your digital recording from your desktop. With support for 24- and 16-bit audio, real-time DirectX effects, DXi software synths, MIDI FX plug-ins, and ACID-format audio loop technology, Home Studio 2002 turns your PC into a multitrack recording studio.

Add a range of audio effects, like Amp Sim Lite, reverb, chorus, delay, flange, and EQ. Create loops fast. Record unlimited audio and MIDI tracks. Mix with real-time audio and MIDI effects. Home Studio lets you work with ACID-format, MP3, WAV, WMA, and MIDI files. You can also import and synchronize AVI video to music projects. This very robust program includes an ACID-format audio loop library as well as free versions of Pyro MP3 and CD Maker (trial version), Virtual Sound Canvas DXi soft synth, and DreamStation DXi soft synth. ... Read more

Reviews (18)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantanstic Program!- And Inexpensive Too!
I am new to using my home PC to make digital recordings. Cakewalk Home Studio 2002 is the only recording software I have and it works great! I have a Dell Dimension 8200 computer and am running Windows XP. I agree with other reviews of this product that once you go through the provided tutorials, it's a cinch. Plus, the controls and toolbars of Home Studio make sense and are quite intuitive. The contextual help and help references are quite good.

I am using an M-Audio Omni Studio with a M-Audio Delta 66 sound card and everything works great! I was pleased when the software recognized the sound card immediately after installation. I think my learning curve on Cakewalk Home Studio 2002 may have been positively influenced by my previous experience with using a 4-track, tape-based unit (Tascam Portastudio 414). Plus the toolbars remind me of the ones in AutoCAD 2000. Because the icons make sense (e.g., two small metronome buttons- one with a red square that sounds during recording and one with a black triangle that sounds during playback), the software is easier to learn.

For the money, I don't think you can beat this package. I am a guitarist (classical, jazz, folk), so it may be a while before I get around to exploring all of the MIDI-type features. I think the track view is great for recording and the console view is great for mixing- very straightforward and convenient. I love that I can make MP3 files and send them as email attachments to my music loving friends. The only bummer I've encountered so far is that the MP3 encoder is only a trial one and if you want to keep it, you have to spend an additional $29.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good software
I have a full review below. Just wanted to add something else.

Home Studio XL in Windows 2000 gives annoying little problems that force you to stop your flow (in some cases for as long as 5 minutes when it crashes and you let windows 2000 sort everything out on its own). Every problem in the full review pertains to working in windows 2000.

However, on windows 98, its smooth sailing. I never had a problem with it while working in Windows 98.

5-0 out of 5 stars difficult but outstanding
I purchased this item in spite of the warnings about how difficult it was to learn. It is indeed difficult. The tutorials are detailed, but regretfully silent on some key issues. I had to search the web for solutions to some problems I had in getting it to run on my laptop computer. The solutions simply involved toggling some options in the pull down menus, but I'd never been able to stumble onto the fixes without investing a few hours in searching the web for advice. I still can't get the chorus and reverb options to work on the mixing board. Oh well. Nevertheless, there really isn't anything else like this product -- especially for the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful tool, on a budget!
I have read the review above from the guy who says that Cakewalk Home Studio stinks, and cannot disagree more. True, you do have to learn how to master the tool before it will perform optimally, but what's the alternative? You either learn how to do it, or pay someone to do it for you.
As a musical nerd/geek, I use Home Studio a LOT. I have produced my own music as well as that of others, and for the price you simply cannot beat it.
Unless you are a complete weiner, you should be able to figure out how to use the software. Go on, by the software and start recording...You know you want to!

4-0 out of 5 stars For it's price it is a good value
Software sequencing is not as easy as some might think. It takes a bit of getting used to and reading up on midi, recording audio and mixing. All of this is available on the interent for free and for a person new to home studios it is an excellent supplement for ANY sequencing software.

One area where Cakewalk and other "linear" sequencers create difficulty is when comparing to audio based programs like Acid. It doesn't get much easier than Acid....until you want control that enables you to add your own sounds while playing in which case you'll need the Pro version which while more capable is still not meant for using with midi in any significant way.

Home Studio 2002 is an outstanding bargain. You get a couple of direct x synthesizers aka DXi. They are simple but effective enough to get the user started in software synthesis. Partiuclarly Dreamstation is useful for analog style timbres and the Virtual Sound Canvas is acceptable for traditonal sounds that will play standard midi files.

The audio system is dead simple and requires about an hour to get help through the Cakewalk bulletin board or several other music related sites. Cakewalk's manuals are drab but have the information necessary to get you started. Third party books are common for software. They cut to the chase and do not have to spend the laborious time explaining the entire program. They get you going and then you continue learning with a decent knowledge of the application you are using.

Feature wise you get 80% of the much more expensive Sonar program which adds a beat slicing and sequencing DXi, Rewire capability (for programs that can be synchronized in sample perfect time, some include Reason, ReBirth and Abelton LIVE) and several direct x effects. It's ability to use Acid loops and to save loops to the format makes it especially good for remixers and for those projects that needed a bit more instrumentation but survive as audio tracks. In terms of value for money this is an incredible deal.

There are a couple of contenders but they are nowhere near the capability of Cakewalk Home Studio 2002 which is good enough to create professional tracks.

Considering the professional quality plugins available for instruments and sound/effects processing nothing at this price point is close. Maybe the price of so much flexibility is a little extra work but that becomes a question of whether you need to work immediately or can take a day or two to master the most important aspects of the program so you can lay down tracks and midi takes.

Pass on Cakewalk Home Studio if you are looking for instant gratification. Buy it if you want a taste of the pro-studio at a fraction of the cost. ... Read more


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