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    1. Apple iLife '05 (Mac)
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    2. Apple iLife '05 Family Pack (Mac)
    $426.99 list($599.00)
    3. Sibelius 3 Professional Edition
    $799.97 list($999.99)
    4. Adobe Video Collection Standard
    $164.99 $155.99 list($199.99)
    5. Toast With Jam 6 (Mac)
    $49.99 Too low to display list($69.99)
    6. PrintMusic 2004
    $1,494.99 $1,001.00 list($1,499.99)
    7. Adobe Video Collection Pro 2.5
    $906.59
    8. ADOBE Video Collection 2.5 Standard
    $88.95
    9. CAKEWALK Home Studio 2 ( Windows
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    10. eMedia Piano and Keyboard Method
    $37.99 list($49.95)
    11. E-Jay Hip Hop 5
    $64.88
    12. PG MUSIC Band-In-A-Box 2004 (
    $599.99 $388.95
    13. Finale 2005
    $299.00
    14. ABLETON Live 4 ( Windows/Macintosh
    $99.97 list($199.95)
    15. IMAGE LINE Fruity Loops Studio
    $449.00
    16. PROPELLERHEAD Reason 3.0 ( Windows/Macintosh
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    17. Adobe Audition 1.5
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    18. Apple Soundtrack Pro (Mac)
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    19. BIAS SoundSoap 2 ( Windows/Macintosh
    $146.95
    20. CAKEWALK Home Studio 2 XL ( Windows

    1. Apple iLife '05 (Mac)
    list price: $79.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0007GCZ46
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 6
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    iLife '05 ... Read more

    Features

    • Easily perform, record, and create music with GarageBand
    • Fun-to-use suite of tightly integrated creative tools
    • Import, organize, edit, and share digital photos with iPhoto
    • iMovie HD quickly turns home video into home cinema
    • Create Hollywood-style DVDs with iDVD; iTunes digital jukebox

    Reviews (13)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Need a Different Operating System
    Amazon clearly says OS X.I have 10.2.8.I can't install ilife5.There should be a bold face warning that you need Panther or Tiger to install.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Working with iMovie HD
    `Established' Shot and Location

    In the Timeline, I set the order of my Clip Panes with the first being the important `Established' shot. Clips are pieces of movie footage that you rearrange into your movie for storytelling. Later, I add a movie title that answers the questions of  when and where the movie was filmed. You will find that location and date anchor the movie for your viewing audience.

    Major Editing in Post Production

    I change the Preference to Clip Panes shelf when I do the major editing of my movie. Next, I split my movie clips into several new clips and drag them to the Clip Panes shelf for later editing.

    Most of my movie clips need slitting (Command `T') to remove poor movie footage such as shaky hand-held camcorder shooting. The Post Production editing is the most time- consuming. I find that a ratio of one minute of movie footage is equal to one hour of editing time. This includes selecting the proper music, editing the sound and enhancing the video.

    Analog Signals into Digital Signals

    An analog-to-digital converter, or ADC as it is more commonly called, is a device that converts analog signals into digital signals. Computers, which handle data in digital form, require analog-to-digital converters to turn signals from analog to digital before it can be read.

    Could I convert my VCR cassette`s Analog Signals into Digital Signals?

    According to the Canon ZR60 camcorder's manual, the answer was negative for traditional replacing of existing scenes for the AV insert. Taking my roundabout approach, I worked at importing film footage from my RIC master VCR tape from my Rhode Island College Video project from 1992 using iMovie HD. My Canon ZR60 camcorder manual hinted at the solution for importing the VCR's analog video and sound.

    How did I connect the devices? I used my ST-250N Stereo Video cable supplied with my Canon ZR60 camcorder and connected it to the VCR's video and sound ports.

    I experimented with iMovie HD to solve the problem. My Canon ZR60 captured the master VCR tape footage after I set the camera to AC-In mode. Next, I reverse the book instructions from David Pogue's "iMovie 4 & iDVD, the Missing Manual" to make it work.

    I chose File to Share (Shift-Command-E) then I clicked on the "Videocamera" icon. The instructions said, `Record your movie to a tape in your videocamera. This operation may take several minutes to complete.' Next, I changed the wait time to a maximum of 59 seconds for camera to get ready. Finally, I changed the Add time to 59 seconds of black before and to end the movie.

    By using this method, I could capture 59 seconds of my RIC public speaking instruction master VCR tape to my MiniDV digital video cassette in my Canon ZR60 camcorder. Importing the entire RIC master VCR tape was 10 minutes and I had to stop and start 10 times bringing in the VCR film footage.

    Note: This will not work with Copy Protected videos for editing videos.

    The quality from analog to digital tape was quite good. A commercial Analog Signals into Digital Signals converter sells for $500 to $900 retail. Therefore, the effort was worth it for this project.

    Final Notes

    I find the iMovie HD program one of the best iMovies program series. iMovie HD worked well with some of my old iMovies 4 footage and enhanced my previous low-light film footage when transported and burned in iDVD 5 program.



    4-0 out of 5 stars Great upgrade, but...
    All I wanted to do was create a DVD for my brother.IMovie is decent.It has a few minor quirks to it.The amount of time for title slides has a max of 4 seconds.All of my slides are 4 seconds.Anything else seems too short and amateurish.It had a problem importing MGEP 1 movies.I had to go through a convoluted process to get the movie into place.Even then, the first .5 seconds of the audio was missing...due to the conversion process.This is not Apple fault, except they should be able to import those movies.all other formats works fine.

    I found iDVD to have major quirks.First, the audio was 1 second behind the video on the DVD.Then the audio kept advancing forward, make it ouf of sync, more and more as the movie played on.Then the movie would stop the audio at the first sound effect i placed in a text slide.This was extremely frustrating.I thought it was supposed to be easy!?

    iDVD just takes a movie, renders it, and burns it to a DVD with some selection screens.How hard is that?I ended up remaking one of my iMovie projects three time before it finally came out.The other project, well, I had to extract the audio so that it would be on the DVD (except the first and last video).Lastly, the final chapter (movie marker) pointed to the start of the movie.

    I like Garageband, it's easy but not a powerful tool like Logic.
    ITunes, well, it's iTunes!It is definitive.
    iPhoto is awesome.It still feels like it is just feature creeping, for better or worse.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Sometimes it doesn't just work.
    iLife '05is supposed to support RAW image processing (see product description above) for photos in iPhoto.The surprise is that although my Canon camera is supported, it's RAW image format is not, rendering iPhoto useless for most of my photographs.This was unexpected as third party companies have image conversion software that manages to do this with little problem.I know there are many RAW image formats, but it's the job of good technology to simplify a complex environment.

    I'm new to Apple products and very pleased overall since we purchased the imac G5.It seems like in most cases "it just works" describes their system well, but in this case, I guess we needed to read the "fine print".

    I also noticed that it is still not possible to record anything on GarageBand with the iSight's (Apples webcam/microphone).Apparently there is some type of software/hardware incompatibility.Expected in Windows machines, (fortunately) unusual in Apple products.Not a major issue for most, but the incompatibility of Apple hardware and software is still an unwelcome surprise.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The iPhoto alone is worth the price
    All of the improvements are great. I was editing a video for a presentation when my order arrived. There was a transition that I simply could not get the old iMovie to do. I installed the new iLife and told it to make the same transition in the film and it worked perfectly. I don't know why or how but I was sold five minutes after the box arrived.
    I still think iPhoto is the best improvement however. I really like the scrollable photo index when looking at a picture in edit mode. I also like the ability to eject the camera from within iPhoto(I sometimes forgot to do this before.)And the one-touch red-eye correction is nice too.
    Also I like the new themes for iDVD. The movie I was editing ended up getting one of the new themes instead of the old theme I had originally picked and I was very pleased with the end result. The presentation was a big success. ... Read more


    2. Apple iLife '05 Family Pack (Mac)
    list price: $99.99
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    Asin: B0007GCZC8
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 102
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    iLife '05 Family Pack ... Read more

    Features

    • Easily perform, record, and create music with GarageBand
    • Fun-to-use suite of tightly integrated creative tools
    • Import, organize, edit, and share digital photos with iPhoto
    • iMovie HD quickly turns home video into home cinema
    • Create Hollywood-style DVDs with iDVD; iTunes digital jukebox

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great update
    iPhoto 5 is a great update. It does lots more, and on a dual processor G5 really flies! It does have a bit of a funky response if you tweak the saturation of a photo in extreme highlights (window in a backlit situation) where the whole area of complete white goes a funky color. But just undo what you by reverting to the original and start over. iMove and iDVD are good updates too with the new 16:9 ratio and some really nice themes. Better performance, and more functionality. Garageband with recording up to 8 lines in at once is a major improvment, especially being albe to see notes appear as you write your music! It may not be Logic Express (also owned by Apple) but it really works well. Garageband alone is worth the upgrade.

    And if you're an education professional, there is a great price break! ... Read more


    3. Sibelius 3 Professional Edition
    list price: $599.00
    our price: $426.99
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    Asin: B00018TKAW
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Sibelius Software Ltd.
    Sales Rank: 1272
    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 (5)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful Yet Easy to Learn
    I have always written music the old-fashioned paper-and-pencil way and have never been capable of producing a fair copy in ink. So in order to give a more permanent form to some dreadful music I've accumulated in notebook sketches -- my aural communication to the ages -- I've been looking into music notation software. I ended up buying Sibelius 3.1, although Finale 2004 was also a strong contender and I downloaded the demo versions for both. Finale has a reputation of being difficult to learn and use, so I decided on Sibelius.

    After just two days -- about twelve hours using the program -- I have mastered it to the point of being able to do cross-staff beaming and other moderately "advanced" things. It is essential to know how to select passages and input notes, but this is well explained in the clear and comprehensive User Manual and once you get this far, the rest pretty much falls into place.

    The screen is attractive and uncluttered, with a large useful workspace. That the program is very well-designed is clear from the start, and as you use it and encounter inevitable problems (such as not enough space for an inserted clef, reshaping of ties, etc.) you will really appreciate the ability of the program to recover from errors in an intuitive way. Sibelius just has a way of "doing the right thing", which from a programming perspective is very difficult to achieve. And once you have discovered the joys of copying (which depends on a mastery of selection), you will find you can create fair copies even faster than you could write out a sketch using pencil and paper.

    Highly recommended!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Software for the common/professional musician
    My background is in both arranging and composing and playing professionally here in the New Mexico area. Having used both of the top music software's for the last few years I find that when I have to do a project for profit, I always use Sibelius.
    Both programs perform equally well, but Sibelius is by far the easiest and most logical to learn and use. The learning curve is very shallow. Everything is very intuitive and easy to find. The use of hot keys and simple, logical key presses and not the mouse make this program quick and through. You do not have to spend time going from menu to menu to find what you need. It can do everything I have ever needed in the way of arranging and composing. From Big Band Jazz to Orchestral works, it is all there. The finished printed work is beautiful to behold. I would highly recommend Sibelius to anyone who wants to get started producing work right away. The latest Sibelius V.3.1 is probably the most advanced product I have found. I have recommended it highly to all my musicians friends, and I have made many converts to Sibelius.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the best !
    My musical world literally changed overnight when I purchased Sibelius version 2. I no longer had to worry about how to work the 'tool', as it was not in the way of my creativity! Everything was intuitive and user friendly. I soon composed many original tunes and received a nice publishing contract. I recently upgrade to 3.0, and wow! I love the Kontact player for realistic sounds, and I often use the score-to-audio wav file feature. I can compose and record to CD in minutes. Hard to believe they could improve this product any more. I highly recommend it to any musician or composer. By the way, the layout and user interface is very pleasing to the eye, and the program is just plain fun to use!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sibelius continues to score points
    Sibelius has done a first rate job with this most recent version of their flagship notation application, managing to keep the program extremely user friendly, while incorporating some powerful new features.

    The first thing you notice about this program is how *good* Sibelius looks on screen. Visually uncluttered and graphically smart, with a large, clean workspace. The New Score wizard has been completely overhauled, and the redesigned Instruments dialog allows one to re-sort staves, or add and delete instruments on the fly.

    The new Focus On Staves feature is also extremely powerful, allowing one to view a subset of staves for more detail.

    As to user friendliness, Sibelius 3 reminds me a lot of other well designed power applications which are very easy to do basic things with, and yet, provide a lot of depth and power under the hood when you are ready for it.

    If you are a professional engraver, there are some things you will probably still miss in Sibelius, for instance, you still can't create complex bar numbering schemes which include visible multimeasure rest ranges. Also, selection and manipulation of bar numbers on the page in general needs some improvement. (for instance, you can't select multiple bar numbers and move them as a group).

    However, based on the quantum leap in features and quality between versions 1, 2, and 3 of Sibelius, it's likely power users won't have long to wait for some of the more pro-specialized or esoteric features that are currently missing. For the majority of users, Sibelius is much easier to use right out of the box than its nearest competitor, Finale, offering excellent printed output and great playback with much less effort.

    Add the host of new features in version 3 to an already extremely user friendly notation package, and Sibelius adds up to an excellent software choice for anyone composing or arranging printed music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It Just Keeps Getting Better~!
    I upgraded from Sibelius 2 to version 3, and I'm SO thrilled with all of the new features!! No other notation software is taking the advancements in musical technology as seriously as Sibelius. My scores not only LOOK good, but they sound AMAZING. It's just wonderful.
    All of the little fixes are great in this version, and I love some of the new plug-ins.
    It's 100% stable in both platforms, too~!
    My co-workers and I completed two large shows using Sibelius 3 (on both platforms) during the first week of it's release, and we had NO problems at all.
    I could go on and on about how wonderful this program is...
    If you're a first-time buyer, don't hesitate. It's one of those programs that doesn't take much time to learn, and once you get the very basics, everything falls right into place. You can guess your way through it, pretty much. It's really fun - you're bound to have one of those "wow" moments when you ask the program to do something for the first time, and you just guess, and it does it.
    Perspective "power users" or professional users like myself: If you're using anything other than Sibelius for musical notation, you really should start thinking about your future.
    Finale users... I'm SO sorry... Amazon only has 7 copies of Sibelius 3 left, so you better purchase NOW~! ... Read more


    4. Adobe Video Collection Standard 2.5 - Premier Pro 1.5, After Effects Standard 6.5, Audition 1.5, Encore DVD 1.5
    list price: $999.99
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    Asin: B00021XI0Q
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Adobe
    Sales Rank: 2512
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    Features

    • Comprehensive toolset for Windows-based video production
    • Create stunning motion graphics and visual effects
    • Produce quality audio and author-interactive, multi-language DVDs
    • Deliver professional results for film, video, DVD, or the Web
    • Premiere Pro; Audition; Encore DVD; After Effects Standard

    5. Toast With Jam 6 (Mac)
    list price: $199.99
    our price: $164.99
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    Asin: B0001597KI
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Roxio
    Sales Rank: 359
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Toast 6 Titanium: CD and DVD burning software for Mac OS X
    • Jam 6: DJ-style mixing and mastering software
    • Bias Peak Express: powerful stereo editing software
    • Dolby Digital Sound: Hollywood-standard encoding and decoding software
    • DVD Music Album: hours of music on a single DVD

    Reviews (4)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bling bling music DVDs
    Put your music on DVDs... play them in your home stereo... party on.

    Plus, burning software that has always been the best!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Toast w Jam 6
    The programs included in this box was Toast© Titanium 6 and Toast© with Jam 6. For simplicity sake I will refer to them as "Jam" and "Titanium". Both programs are very easy to use. Just drag and drop and you are on your way.

    "Jam" deals with just audio files. That however is mildly putting it. You can make CD's or DVD's like a DJ, digitize analog records and tapes plus make more in depth edits to your tracks in Peak Express. "Jam" is pretty easy to use the interface window gives you all the info about your tracks. You can adjust the "Cross Fades" in between your tracks or you could completely remove them to create a party type mix where the music never stops. You can "Trim" tracks so if you want that track to end sooner you can tweak your "Gain" and "Fade" to really control that track. You know for the songs that have endings you could do without you could quick "Fade" them. After all of your tweaking just burn your CD or DVD straight from "Jam" no need to go to another program. After you select your "Write Speed" for your CD or DVD you can select the option of also having the program eject the media when finished or send it to your desktop or just wait for you.

    "Titanium" handles "Data", "Audio", "Video" and "Disk Copy". An interface window similar to "Jam" opens up with the different "Media" tabs on the top of the menu and the "Basic" and "Advanced" features on the left pop-out menu.

    For "Data" burns you have six choices when it comes to how you want to be able to access the media later. Choose the one you want, then just drag and drop your files into the interface window hit the red record button tell it what write speed you would like and it starts a burning.

    Audio files you just drag and drop and arrange the tracks to your liking. You don't have the same options of adjusting or tweaking your audio tracks like you do in "Jam" you could adjust the pause in between tracks but that's about as much tweaking that you can do. It would definitely be better if you did your adjusting in Peak Express before bringing them into "Titanium". You have five choices to choose from as to the type of media that you want to burn.

    Video files just drag and drop your photos or videos into the interface window. You have three choices to choose from. In this program you don't have templates like you do in IDVD or DVD Studio Pro so if you just want something basic this will work great. "Titanium" creates a basic "Menu" so your finished product still can have a bit more professional look. The "Menu" you can have up to three "Buttons". The "Buttons" you can customize a bit; name it, the photo "Button" can be any slide or any frame within the video and adjust the duration of the slides, (if you want them to change automatically or manually). Then hit the red button and a burning you will go.

    There is also a neat feature called "Plug and Burn" Just hook up your DV camcorder to your computer put in a DVD and you can burn your tape straight from your camcorder to a DVD. "Titanium" captures the video and puts it on your disc for you. "Titanium" will even rewind to the beginning of the tape for you before it starts recording.

    The "Copy" tab lets you make an exact copy of any single-session disc. Audio discs, backup discs, MP3, IDVD and Mac and Windows discs. You have five choices in this mode. It will allow you to do this even if you only have one drive you just have to swap discs when prompted.

    Both programs were very easy to use. A step above the basics, but limited when compared to IDVD or any of the higher dollar programs. "Jam" is great if you really want to start getting into controlling your audio tracks a bit more. I would call these programs low-medium range when it comes to skill levels in CD & DVD authoring. They both give a nice intro before getting into some of the higher end and more complicated programs, like IDVD and DVD Studio Pro.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is just what the Doctor ordered!!
    The addition of Jam has allowed me to make an Awesome musical DVD album!
    Jam's new high compression allowed me to make not just a musical DVD but add pictures to view as well for a party i had which was very entertaining to those just sitting around. One DVD with music played from the time of set up until the next morning! AWESOME!

    5-0 out of 5 stars DVD Music Albums & Dolby Digital are Great Additions
    Toast with Jam 6 does lots of things very well. And it comes with a great bundle of other applications such as Motion Pictures, Bias Peak Express, CD SpinDoctor and Discus. But the new features that are the greatest for my interests are the DVD Music Albums and Dolby Digital sound encoding. First, the DVD Music Albums allow me to do something that never was possible before: make long-playing music DVDs. I can have about 7 hours of CD-quality music or more than 30 hours of Dolby Digital music on one DVD. The playlists I create are shown as individual albums on my TV and I can see and select any music track on the DVD with my player's remote control. Even though it was created on a Mac it can be played on any DVD player.

    Dolby Digital AC3 is the sound format used on commercial video discs (although Toast's Dolby Digital is 2 channel stereo, not 5.1 surround). It sounds great yet takes up much less space than the uncompressed "PCM" sound so you can get about 2 hours of video on a DVD-R rather than just 1-1/2 hours.

    Prior to Toast with Jam 6 I couldn't do either of these. I'm happy!

    And you should see the fabulous DVD I made of my grandson's first year using Motion Pictures. It's amazing how much is gained by panning and zooming on still images as music plays. From 8 hours old to 1 year old in a 5 minute DVD; he steals your heart. ... Read more


    6. PrintMusic 2004
    list price: $69.99
    our price: $49.99
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    Asin: B00029XAUG
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: MakeMusic!
    Sales Rank: 186
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    Features

    • Music notation software for creating, hearing, and printing sheet music
    • Free music scanning and SmartMusic instrument sounds
    • Write songs up to 24 staves; create scores and print out parts
    • Create lead sheets with lyrics, chord symbols, and guitar fretboards
    • Easy to print, e-mail, or save as SmartMusic Accompaniment

    7. Adobe Video Collection Pro 2.5 - Premier Pro 1.5, After Effects Pro 6.5, Audition 1.5, Encore DVD 1.5, Photoshop CS
    list price: $1,499.99
    our price: $1,494.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00021XHVG
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Adobe
    Sales Rank: 1752
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Features

    • Comprehensive toolset for Windows-based video production
    • Create stunning motion graphics and visual effects
    • Produce quality audio and author-interactive, multi-language DVDs
    • Deliver professional results for film, video, DVD, or the Web
    • Premiere Pro; Audition; Encore DVD; After Effects Pro; Photoshop CS

    8. ADOBE Video Collection 2.5 Standard ( Windows )

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    Asin: B00021XJ5K
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Adobe
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    9. CAKEWALK Home Studio 2 ( Windows )

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    Asin: B0002MID3C
    Catlog: Software
    Sales Rank: 460
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    Features

    • Record unlimited audio and MIDI tracks, then mix them with real-time audio and MIDI effects -- in up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio
    • Record your entire band at once, with support for multi-channel audio cards
    • Add a number of DXi soft synths, as easy as plug and play
    • Click and drag to paint drum tracks, with the new pattern brush and Drum Editing Grid tools
    • Use a full set of VST effects & instrument to build your loops, through the includedCakewalk VST Adapter

    10. eMedia Piano and Keyboard Method Volume 1
    list price: $59.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0000C4M1W
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: eMedia
    Sales Rank: 146
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Powerful piano learning toolset
    • Interactive feedback when using MIDI-connected keyboard
    • Over 300 step-by-step lessons with 70 video demonstrations
    • Develop sight reading, ear training, finger technique and more
    • Over 100 songs included

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great product
    I was completely new to music when I bought this set (CD-ROM and keyboard). I think it is great. It walks you through the basics and when you start playing the music has numbers on it that match up to your fingers (1-5) so you can play as you get the hang of reading music. Gradually they remove some of the numbers so your music reading skills improve.

    The software grades your playing with a percentage score, and gives you details on your errors (if you want them).

    Also, it includes short videos of a person playing piano so you can see proper posture and such. Each song comes with (optional) accompaniment, which can make it funner to play (especially with the simple songs).

    The keyboard that comes with it (optional) has a solid feel, and is touch-sensitive (pressing harder plays louder). The keyboard plugs into the joystick port (probably on your sound card).

    5-0 out of 5 stars quality product
    I got this product yesterday and started to learn by it.
    after browsing it and using it for the first 17 lessons this is my impression.
    what you get in this product is 100% of quality content and less emphasize on look and graphics.
    and if you want to learn playing the keyboard, so the quality of the teaching is more important then other features.

    the teacher leading the instruction process using video clips and audio tracks, is Irma Justicia MA which is a experienced piano teacher.
    after 17 lessons i fell in love with her .it feels just lilke i'm in a real lesson with her.
    for my non proffesinal impression this product is good for absolute beginners to the intermediate level.
    it is also said on the product that it is volume 1 so probably they are going to issue more products in this piano keyboard line just as they done with the guitar.

    cause of the simplicity of the graphics you can use it on any computer,old and new.
    but still you get many sophisticated features like interactive feedback using midi cable.

    for summary ...GOOD WORK. ... Read more


    11. E-Jay Hip Hop 5
    list price: $49.95
    our price: $37.99
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    Asin: B00061PAB2
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Digital Leisure
    Sales Rank: 278
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Add life and power to your hip-hop beats, with 4,000 samples
    • Multitrack arranger mixes your own tracks to create perfect sound
    • Groove Generator is a powerful all-purpose drumming computer with 500 drum sounds
    • Powerful FX Studio for modifying samples and creating new ones
    • Innovative new Scratch Box gives you virtual turntables, to add the power freestyle record scratching

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lil Jon, Kanye West, EAT YOUR HEART OUT!!!
    This program is sick! You can make any beat you want, and it's ORIGINAL!!! On a scale of one to 10, Hip Hop eJay gets 1000! This is good for all those who are amature artists and need original beats. I dare you. I double dog dare you! I DEFY YOU to try this program and see how good it is. ... Read more


    12. 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

    13. Finale 2005
    list price: $599.99
    our price: $599.99
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    Asin: B000437X1M
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: eMedia
    Sales Rank: 760
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    14. 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

    15. 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


    16. 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

    17. Adobe Audition 1.5
    list price: $299.99
    our price: $289.99
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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

    18. Apple Soundtrack Pro (Mac)
    list price: $299.00
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0009319LM
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 4020
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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.

    19. 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

    20. CAKEWALK Home Studio 2 XL ( Windows )

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    Asin: B0002MID32
    Catlog: Software
    Sales Rank: 802
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    Features

    • Graphical mixing and editing tools -Compose and edit MIDI tracks with Piano Roll, delete or modify MIDI notes, draw lines and curves on top of your audio and paint rhythmic patterns with the Drum Grid Editor
    • Compose and print sheet music -- record and transcribe any MIDI performance; notes appear onscreen as you record from any MIDI instrument
    • Apply real-time MIDI effects on input or during playback -- full library of MIDI FX likeArpeggiator, Quantize, Delay/echo, Change Velocity, MIDI event filter and more
    • Create, edit and dub your own soundtracks for digital video -- import any AVI into Home Studio and sync it up to music
    • Integrate ReWire Synths by adding ReWire 1.0 and 2.0 synths right into the Synth Rack

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