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21. eMedia Blues Guitar Legends
$79.99 $74.43 list($109.99)
22. Music Creator Pro 24
$89.00
23. ARTICULATE SYSTEMS Practica Musica
$299.99 $289.00 list($319.00)
24. Sibelius 3 Cross Platform - Educational
$39.99 $32.94
25. Audio Cleaning Lab 2005 (Large
$59.99 $41.99
26. Music Maker 2005 Deluxe (Large
$159.99 $149.95
27. Sibelius Compass
$52.99 $29.88 list($79.99)
28. Record Producer Deluxe
$33.95 list($39.99)
29. Music Write Songwriter Edition
30. NOTATION TECHNOLOGIES Play Music
$51.99 $49.00 list($59.99)
31. Bass Method 1
$9.90 list($9.99)
32. Audio Cleaning Lab 2004
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33. Cakewalk Pyro 2004
$39.99 $28.89
34. QuickStart Studio Composer
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35. Logic Pro 6
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36. MP3 Maker 2005 Deluxe (Large Box)
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37. Teach Me Guitar Deluxe
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38. Making More Music
$9.99 $6.45
39. Instant Play Guitar (Jewel Case)
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40. Neuratron PhotoScore 3

21. eMedia Blues Guitar Legends
list price: $29.94
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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


22. Music Creator Pro 24
list price: $109.99
our price: $79.99
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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


23. 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


24. Sibelius 3 Cross Platform - Educational Edition
list price: $319.00
our price: $299.99
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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


25. 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

26. Music Maker 2005 Deluxe (Large Box)
list price: $59.99
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Asin: B0002DOXBM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: MAGIX ENTERTAINMENT
Sales Rank: 1351
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Features

  • Live arranger and multitrack arranger and mixer, plus Song Maker tools for arranging a song with a click
  • New Robota analog drum machine, one-click looping, vocoder and vocal tuner
  • Features 96 tracks for music in stereo, video clips, MIDI, text and images
  • Add video fx for animated text blending, rolling credits, transitions and beat-controlled animation
  • Create your own musical emails, or Webpages with music embedded into them

27. Sibelius Compass
list price: $159.99
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Asin: B0001XDYSQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sibelius Software Ltd.
Sales Rank: 5855
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Features

  • Resources and activities to support composition classes
  • Designed for use by teachers and students
  • Use at the computer or create handouts and worksheets
  • Special IT activities that link to Sibelius or a sequencer
  • Hundreds of exercises; high school and college levels

28. Record Producer Deluxe
list price: $79.99
our price: $52.99
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Asin: B00008WMFQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Voyetra
Sales Rank: 1843
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars My Review of Record Producer deluxe
I agree with much of what K. Wagner of Rosslyn VA wrote.

I use Digital Performer in the classroom. I noticed last year that Digital Orhestrator Pro, which preceded Record Producer Deluxe and by all accounts is the same program re-packaged, worked very much like the Digtal Performer software. I used it extensively and then decided to buy Record Producer when it was introduced. I upgraded to Deluxe when I realized I did not have all of the tools.

Record Producer Deluxe interfaces well with my equipment. No problems yet.

I have not used the FAQ page form Voyetra but I am getting close because of a nuance. I have noticed that Record Producer Deluxe arbitrarily changes my patches. For example, I assign patch 65 to an instrument but when it is saved and I load it again later, that patch may be (and usually is) changed to 64. The same goes if I assign 57, 58, 66 or 67. They all move. I have noticed that patch 68 stays in place. I don't know why this happens but it causes a sound problem when music is played back.

One other thing that I really don't like is that wave sounds are not called waves, but RPP files and can not be accessed or played like waves. There is some special set up that Voyetra has inserted that keeps you from using any of the sounds and effects that come with the program. Bummer.

The program may be hard to work with but I have not noticed as yet. I think that Digital Performer prepared me for it.

I like this program, especially the piano roll editing, and really wish that Voyetra would concentrate on improving it by maybe intergrating a form of Music Write with it, making it good for universal use, like reading and accepting all types of audio files, adding a little color to the track lines, grouping the sliders, and charging more for the good product that it is and can be. Just now, it is like a toy but very useful. It is a good place to jump off

4-0 out of 5 stars good product for the price
I bought this program to do midi sequencing and audio recording for guitar and voice. Overall I think it's a really good program for doing standard musical recording tasks on an intel-based system (on a Mac I'd expect more and pay more too). It's totally replaced my 4-track cassette recorder system since Record Producer also records midi. I'd used MOTU's FreeStyle and Digital Performer before (for college coursework), so I wanted something that would work kind of like these programs but didn't cost so much. Record Producer doesn't have the same slick setup for midi instruments that FreeStyle has - doesn't recognize my Alesis QS6.1 banks - but you can still access all the banks.

The program has a reasonably good interface for recording and overdubbing audio and midi tracks, and it's pretty easy to edit things as well. It's also very quick from startup time to recording your first track - very nice if you're in the heat of inspiration. The audio editing isn't perfect - could use some more work to give you finer control. You can edit midi data directly, and you can easily edit midi controllers and related parameters (volume, tempo, etc.). It lets you do punch in/out recording for midi and audio which I've found to be very useful. Does NOT let you edit in the musical score - you'd better go with Finale or something like that if you're looking for notation-oriented software.

I must admit I haven't tried many other sequencer programs for the PC. I just read reviews, looked at their specs, and decided on this one. I tried Jazz (a free program) and it's not bad, but not as full-featured and a bit more difficult to use.

I found the online help (mostly the FAQ from Voyetra's website) to be a lot more useful than the manual. The FAQ/online help answered all of my questions about step recording, audio recording latency (needed to set my onboard audio card to full duplex mode and updated my audio driver).

One important note though: a fast, modern processor (I'd guess at least a 2GHz Pentium/AMD) and a separate soundcard (probably any modern soundblaster thingy) would be really nice. Otherwise, you won't be able to record and playback lots of audio simultaneously (a problem I'm having with a 1GHz-equivalent AMD machine using the motherboard's sound chip (a K7SEM motherboard), though not too bad for me since I usually only record 2 tracks of audio and the rest is midi).

I sympathize with the earlier review - this program takes a fair bit of work to set up, and you have to play around a bit to get the right drivers, the right midi interface, etc. But once you do that, it's full-featured. I didn't have nearly as many problems as that reviewer did, so this is probably very hardware-dependent.

I do not recommend getting the cheaper version of Record Producer (the non-deluxe one) - it doesn't let you record your stuff to CDs and doesn't have all of the audio editing tools. The deluxe version just makes the music-making process a lot more fun.

If you've got a couple hundred dollars more, I'd suggest moving up to the more professional programs, or moving to a Mac (which is much better for doing anything audio and has much better software out for it). But this is a good intro program if you're not sure what you want yet.

1-0 out of 5 stars Be wary of buying this product!!!
Be wary of buying this product. It is very difficult to use and even the simplest things seem to be a problem. When I use the software, the registration page seems to pop up even after I registered. I also had problems getting technical support help. There is no phone support, and the website and FAQ is severly lacking in any help. Save your money! ... Read more


29. Music Write Songwriter Edition
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00005JYC9
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Voyetra
Sales Rank: 2010
Average Customer Review: 3.14 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

MusicWrite Songwriter Edition is the perfect tool for anyone who wants to compose and print professional-looking scores right away. Use your MIDIkeyboard or mouse to enter your music, then add lyrics, dynamics, ties,triplets, orchestral markings, and more. Play your piece back on yourcomputer or synthesizer and then print out the parts.

With MusicWrite Songwriter Edition, you can cut, copy, and paste music into your score just like a word processor. Play your music on a MIDI keyboardand see it transcribed into notation on your PC screen. Print your score,complete with your name, song title, copyright information, and more, inany Microsoft Windows font. Add chord names and guitar symbols. The loop function lets you try different ideas in real time by playing your song whilewhile you are editing and entering notes. Use the symbol palette to enter rests, clefs, chords, and more. Add up to two lines of lyrics. MusicWrite supports all of the common musical symbols, including triplets, ties, and orchestral markings. When finished, preview your score and hit print. ... Read more

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars gentalmen crooks
i neeed to get this so i can make some beats on my computer

2-0 out of 5 stars Not worth it
This software is as difficult to use as Finale, yet with fewer features than any other composing software I've ever used. I've transitioned composing software before (Encore to Finale) so I knew it would take some time to get adjusted. But eventually I gave up-- it just wasn't worth it.

In addition to the clumsy, non-intuitive controls, the "Songwriter" version of the software has crippled features: Limits on number of staves and simultaneous midi tracks it will handle at once, limits on the number of measures per line (only 4!), and limits on MIDI editing features. I found there to be simply a general lack of customizeability throughout.

There are simply too many headaches for the end result. I almost got the impression that the people writing this software had never actually written music before, and will certianly not be trying the "Maestro" version of this software. Personally, I'm testing Sibelius 2, Finale, and Overture 3 at the moment and will choose one of them. Those choices are all significantly more expensive than "Music Write", however. For lower cost alternatives I would recommend "Score Writer 2" from Geniesoft or "Finale Allegro" from Coda Software. For the price I wasn't expecting terrific software from Voyetra, however I hoped for either ease of use or robust, musically oriented features and found neither.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good tool for Composing, Playing & Printing Your Music
For years and years I have used Passport's Encore package for creating and documenting music but after moving to Window XP, I could not get Encore's Text Editors to work and had to find another package.

At first I didn't care for the product because it was different. After a month of using the Music Write, I got use to using it and realized it was not bad.

The main drawback was only two lyric lines that I found annoying but I hit Voyetra Web-site and discovered another version "Maestro" that allowed up to four lyric lines plus a lot more options (and the music I had entered in the Songwriter Edition was compatible with the Maestro version.) Another small feature of the Maestro version is the comment editor, which I use to document aspects of music I create (e.g., what inspired me to create that particular of music.)

Features of the product:
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-Create musical scores on you PC
-Preview you score before you print
-Use the symbol palette to enter notes, rests, clefs, chords, and many more
-Supports all the common musical symbols (i.e., ties, triplets, and many more)
-Notate for all instruments
-Hear you music played by MIDI instruments
-Add chord names and guitar symbols
-Print your score to include your name, song title, copyright information and pick the fonts for each
-Output sheet music to a graphic file (e.g., BMP, JPEG), which can then be imported in MS Word or any other product that imports these types of graphic files

Cut, copy and paste music into you score just like a word processor

System Requirements:
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-Pentium 233MHz processor with MMX or better (Celeron 400 for Windows 2000/XP)
-32MB system RAM - 64MB recommended
-36MB hard disk space
-Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
-Quad speed or higher CD-ROM
-800x600 high color (16 bit) video display
-GM compatible 16 bit MIDI capable soundcard
-MIDI keyboard (optional)
-Printer
-Service Pack 1 or higher for Windows 2000 Professional

2-0 out of 5 stars Isn't as easy to use as it claims
When I purchased this software, I thought writing music would be as easy as selecting the notes and pasting them on the "page." It isn't. While I'm still learning the intricacies of the software, a good portion of the difficulties seems to be caused by deficiencies in the software itself.

It is more difficult than it should be to change things in the score, such as timing. This is the first music-writing program I've ever purchased, however, so I have nothing else with which to compare it. I should have read some online reviews before I purchased it--I probably would have passed on it.

Ideally, one should try out a software package before investing any money in it. That way you know exactly what you're getting.

1-0 out of 5 stars Uncontrollable Default Settings
This software has so many fixed default auto settings (many musically incorrect) that it is essentially unusable. It interferes with entering basic notation: accidentals are assigned and cannot be changed (!!!), and the same with ties, timing, number of bars per line (even though it will claim otherwise). I'm a professional engineer and a musician with a lot of MIDI and audio equipment interface, and this has got to be the worst software program I've ever seen. Don't be fooled into "upgrading" previous versions: they were so primitive that as late as 1996 they actually still used basic program language (.pbl) printer drivers. Try aother brand. Many professional musicians use Finale, which is pricey, but you get what you pay for. As for me, paper and pencil beats Music Write. ... Read more


30. NOTATION TECHNOLOGIES Play Music ( Windows )

Asin: B00007BGSE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Notation Technologies
Sales Rank: 3916
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Work with up to 24 staves per system, and 8 voices per staff
  • Piano, percussion & guitar tabs are readily available and easy to work with
  • Manual and automatic centering of staves
  • MIDI output to any external device
  • Format & print your sheet music for any printer

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun making music
I have been really having allot of fun with Play Music. I hope to get a keyboard to use with this for christamas.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy music writer
Thsi program is very easy to use and is all I need to make my songs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product for a great price!
This is a great program and is well worth the money. I've written many original compositions with this software with no problems. I use the program to write and print my arraignments at church and it's more than paid for itself. Anyone who has the need for an easy to use and stable notation program should buy this program!
Happy Musician.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun with Play Music
I really like this program. I am going to keep writing and printing my songs to be a real composer someday. I play my keyboard with this program and its like a recording studio. Thanks for all of the FUN.

2-0 out of 5 stars Bugs among the notes!
This is an easy to use program, but watch out for the bugs. The most serious problem is that if you save a score as a MIDI file, all the repeat & end signs that you may have put in the score disappear. There is another peculiar problem with the program: if you cut & paste notes, chords or dynamic signs too often, they either stop playing or keep playing at places on the score where you removed them from. The "manual" tells you to keep clicking on a little brush symbol to redraw the score, but that doesn't always solve the problem. One annoying feature of the program is that every time you play your score, the note palette closes. So, if you want to add a few notes, listen to the score & then add a few more notes, you have to keep opening the note palette. After a while this becomes tedious.

I suggest you spend your money on something better.

Frustrated Musician ... Read more


31. Bass Method 1
list price: $59.99
our price: $51.99
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Asin: B00005KK3A
Catlog: Software
Publisher: eMedia
Sales Rank: 2085
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars No more beginner's books! ** WORKS WITH THE MAC! **
Forget beginner's books! Save your money and buy this program, the ability to play along with the computer while you watch the notes/chord progression alone is something that no book/ audio cd will ever match. The way the lessons are presented is excellent, giving visual types like me direct re-enforcement on what the lesson is all about by giving you follow-along examples, and most importantly encouraging you to improvise and experiment. I've been learning the bass on and off for a couple of years and while I can already play along with many songs and improvise a bit I have found even the most basic lessons in this program to be very useful. I'm really looking forward to the sight reading section of the course! Highly recommended! If #2 is ever issued I'll buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally a CD-ROM for bass!
My friend really liked eMedia's guitar CD-ROM, so I got their Bass Method the second I saw it at Circuit City. The lessons were easy to follow and the videos had demonstrations for both the left and right hands. The coolest feature has to be the ability to remove the bass and jam with the band in great songs like Knockin' on Heaven's Door. I'm almost good enough to jam with my friend. ... Read more


32. Audio Cleaning Lab 2004
list price: $9.99
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Asin: B000092P2X
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Magix Entertainment
Sales Rank: 905
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Restore music from LPs, cassettes & MP3's and burn them onto CD. Create crystal-clear music from your vinyl, cassettes, CD or Internet MP3s quickly and automatically withMAGIX audio cleaning lab 2004.

Quickly & Easily:

  • Clean LPs
  • Restore Tapes
  • Convert Digital Music
  • Burn it all to CDs
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Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy way to convert your cassette tapes to CD's
I have been using the Audio Cleaning Lab 2004 for about a month and I am very pleased with the product.I have converted over 30 tapes so far and have had no problems.The program is actually fun to work with.I like the way it automatically stops a recording when it detects a long pause.This is nice because I like to have it record when I am doing something else.

I am not a serious audiophile so I only use a few of the programs abilities.I use and like the wizard that cleans up the sound on old phonograph records.

I can't believe that this program sells for about $10.It is one of the very best pieces of software that I own.

Highly recommended!!


3-0 out of 5 stars i need help i am a beginner
I do not have a clue as to what I am doing and don't have a clue as to how to get started. But I have stuble up on making a mpg into a wave but I dont know how I did it I just was clicking and messing around with the software and and went back to my music and it was there. Please help me. It would help people like me if there was a step by step illustration on what steps to take to get the job done I know it will be wonerful when I figure it out. Someone please email me and help me sign the dummy
Jan1823@aol.com

Thank you very very much

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product
I purchased this product to capture my LP collection.I am extremely satisfied with the results.It has everything I need to make excellent captures.

I would give it 5 stars, but there are some shortcomings, all of which are annoying, not imparing.

1. No MP3 encoder included.For the price, it should include an MP3 encoder.This is not a big problem for me, since I capture to .WAV files for direct burning to a CD.Converting to MP3 and back to .WAV would just introduce more distortion, and when I want to go to .MP3 I just use the free Music Match Jukebox 8.2, which includes a MP3 encoder and has an easy batch file conversion menu.

2. The manual, and help file, are poor - almost like they were written in German and poorly translated :)

3. The noise reduction wizards come up with solutions I find objectionable - too much music discarded and not enough noise. This is minor, since I use the wizard, then tweek the settings for my own preferences.

BUT, for 39.95, I think it does an excellent job.

4-0 out of 5 stars cassette ---> CD
I use this with Panasonic RQ-A220 cassette/recorder to convert my taped records/cassettes to CD.So far, it has worked very well.

The only complaint I have (or perhaps don't know how to do) is when I name the tracks, then burn to CD, the track names do not show - just track 01, 02, etc.

NOTE:When using the Tool, Import Text audio tracks from CD feature of Click 'N Design Pro software that came with CD Stomper, the track names appeared - so the Audio Cleaning Lab 2004 software does write the track names to the CD.

I'm not an audiophile - I know I cannot fine tune the old recordings - so I let the software do it.

The main purpose of buying the software was to be able to convert cassettes to CD - and the software program does this very well.Compared to what I would have had to pay to repurchase the cassettes as CDs, along with about fifty that are no longer available - the program is excellent.

5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST Software to Convert LP's and Cassettes to Digital
I have tried several software programs to make digital copies of my old LP's and cassettes.Very frustrating, until I stumbled on this one.It is AWESOME and AMAZING!You can visually edit the wave files which is a feature that no one else had.That is very helpful for dropping in CD track markers, taking out live applause, etc.After you have converted all your old LP's and cassettes, there are still more fun things you can do with this software, like record streaming audio. ... Read more


33. Cakewalk Pyro 2004
list price: $57.99
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Asin: B0000DK36I
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Cakewalk
Sales Rank: 1060
Average Customer Review: 2.38 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Record, organize, and enjoy digital music; includes free NEATO CD label software
  • Rip and burn music CDs to/from MP3, WMA, WAV
  • Backup CDs with easy disc copying; archive data files on CD
  • Transfer and restore LPs and tapes to CD
  • Maximize, clean, and enhance audio with pro FX

Reviews (13)

3-0 out of 5 stars Ups and downs over the previous version of Pyro
As a regular Cakewalk software user (I use Sonar for my home recording projects) I always had high hopes I could integrate my music programs into one seamless package from Cakewalk.

That was why I initially bought Pyro 2003. I immediately preferred it over CD Creator. When the new verison of Pyro came out, I picked it up anticipating a newer and better program.

I was pleased to some extent. Here are the ups and down of Pyro 2004 compared to Pyro 2003.

UPS
Better on-screen interface; more info is packed on the screen
More streamlining in audio capture (rip, folder, and mic recording all accessible from the same sidebar menu)
Improved MP3 decoding (as always, Pyro gives you the most options for bit rates with MP3s)
More audio effects applied to sound files in the editing process.

DOWNS
Slower burning of audio discs for some reason (Pyro 2004 takes a long time to prepare a CD but then takes a considerably less amount of time burning tracks)

Difficulty when interfacing it with an older Creative Sound Card (I solved this problem by upgrading to Audigy 2, something I was going to do anyway)

THE SAME
Awesome realtime viewing of your waveform data, cuts, zooming and crossfades

The most reliable software I've found for burning discs without errors

Transfer of data to portables (though I don't have a portable so I haven't used this feature

PROBLEMS I HAD AND TIPS

Some plugins don't seem to automatically install correctly haven't learned how to fix this.

Don't use Pyro 2003 and 2004 on the same computer. One required DirectX 8 and one requires DirectX 9. I had problems trying to fully use both programs.

Be sure to have the updated drivers for your audio card and all Windows updates. My biggest problem was with MP3 encoding. It sometimes worked and didn't. At that time I had a sound card that was 3 years old with downloaded drivers. Upgrading to a newer card (Audigy 2 ZS Platinum) seems to have fixed this problem.

That's it. I hope this review helps some who are now or soon will be users of this program. Happy burning!

4-0 out of 5 stars Extra Features not found in other CD audio software
The Cakewalk Pyro 2004 offers the usual CD copying, mp3, WMA and wav ripping, data cd creation, playback, file organizing, ID3 tags, CDDB lookup. However it offers a boatload of useful features not found elsewhere. You can record line-in from the microphone, as well as hook up your stereo. Then clean up hiss, cracks and pops, as well as add Reverb, Delay, Chorus, & other effects with Plasma FXPad. You can work with a waveform, tweak the sound effects, graphically edit crossfades, volume, start & end times, and playback segments until you get it just right before burning to an audio CD. Additionally, you can encode entire mix playlist to one continuous MP3/WAV/WMA, or split audio files graphically into multiple tracks.

You can also selectively rip tracks from a CD by preselecting them before ripping. You can easily arrange playlists and then burn them into audio or mp3, wma CDs.

The best feature for me is the ability to record anything playing through your sound card including streaming audio. This is not fully explained in the documentation, but the instructions at their website explain how to set this up. You can either record live, or you can set a schedule timed to start at a particular time, for a particular duration, or end-time. This beats running the output from one computer's line-out into your line-in. You can convert this WAV file to MP3 or WMA, with a choice of quality for MP3 files.

The strongest feature set is the extensive audio editing, enhancement, cleanup, crossfades, and volume leveling controls. This is not found in the other comparable programs. The jukebox feature does not compare to other programs, and is basically consists of playback of playlists. The user interface is not too intuitive, so expect to spend some time with the documentation or to go to the website and newsgroup. For example, to convert audio format, you need to select the files, and then hit a "More" button at the top of the pane. There is no "right-mouse-click" as you might expect. However all in all, I'm highly satisfied with this program for the audio capabilities not found elsewhere.

1-0 out of 5 stars DOA
I bought this program three days ago, 7/12/2004. I just bought a brand new computer with XP, and a CDRW Drive, and a DVDRW drive came standard with the computer. PYRO 2004 keeps telling me my computer has no rewritable drives installed, so I go to the cakewalk website to download the new drivers list so it will recognize at least one of my drives, and still no sucess. The only way to get support for this product is through E-Mail. Three days and I'm still waiting. I will never buy a cakewalk product again. They use to be good with music programs.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do you want to be a beta tester?
I am running XP; I bought Pyro 2004 to replace Roxio because I liked the idea of an integrated package. However, there were problems from the start.
In "Record an Audio File" mode, Pyro unpredictably shut down when I hit stop play on an mp3, or when I tried to display an mp3 in the lower panel. In some cases it generated an error message.
I contacted product support; this is what they told me to do:

1. You'll need to uninstall Pyro 2004 or MediaWorks. Remove all
shortcuts also.

2. Click the Windows Start button and select Run. At the prompt type
REGEDIT and click OK.

3. Backup your Registry before making edits - you do this by clicking
the Registry menu, Export Registry File.

4. Now delete the following Registry keys
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Cakewalk Music
Software\"MediaWorks"
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Cakewalk Music
Software\"MediaWorks"

If you have "Pyro 2004" instead of "MediaWorks" delete that folder
instead.

5. To ensure that other programs are not interfering with the
operation of MW or Pyro, do the following.

* turn off auto-insert notification for all of your CD drives (click
Start, Settings, Control Panel, System, Device Manager)In XP, put a CD
in and select "Take No Action" and put a check where it says "Always
Take this Action."
In Win 98/ME/XP, choose Start | Run and type MSCONFIG. Click OK, then
click on the Startup tab at the upper right of the window that opens.
Uncheck all items listed, click OK, then restart your computer. You
can always recheck those items again at a later time. In Win 2000,
click Ctrl+Alt+Del and manually End Task on the items you don't need
running. Restart

6. If you have Adaptec Direct CD, Napster or Roxio's GoBack, make sure
you uninstall or disable them temporarily. Also temporarily uninstall
any other burning software on your machine. Now reinstall Cakewalk.

Other mp3 burners do not need this much nursing; Roxio and Xing work perfectly out of the box.
I'll probably have to go through this procedure, since I won't get my money back. If I'd known then what I know now...

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely powerful, mostly easy to use
Pyro does an incredible number of things really well. It took me a little while to figure out a few of the interface features, but after I sorted it out, it was really easy to use, as well. You can rip CDs to MP3, burn CDs, play music, record and edit audio files, and even interface with a portable MP3 player. I ran this under XP and I personally didn't have any trouble with bugs in this software, so I can't corroborate the problems some previous reviewers had at all. Perhaps the version I got had bug fixes already applied.

The interface is organized into tabs, and the start page gets you started with links to common tasks. It launches you into the appropriate tab of the interface with a little help bar that tells you what to do next. That part works pretty well. The issue I had with the interface is that switching amongst different tasks within the sam etab involves using some little icons. It took me a while to notice these icons, and there wasn't a manual to point this out. This meant that the first several times I used Pyro, I kept having to go back to the start screen to do anything different, and it meant that I didn't know about some of the views built into the system. For example, I initially thought that Pyro had the most broken interface ever for listening to an MP3 playlist, because the only view I could find was the waveform view, which organizes tracks left-to-right as waveforms that you can apply effects to. Needless to say, that's not exactly the most intuitive way to listen to a playlist of songs. After I decciphered the interface, it turned out that there was also a straightforward list view, and it was really easy to switch between the two.

As a CD burner, Pyro is very effective. It's easy to build simple playlists (once I found the list view!), but you can also build more elaborate DJ mixes in the waveform view. Even if you don't want to do all that, you can still use useful features like adjusting the audio levels to make sure all your tracks have roughly the same loudness. Personally, I make DJ mixes using Traktor by Native Instruments, which is a powerful tool for live DJing. The problem is that by making one long file of the whole mix, there aren't any track breaks. So the track split feature of Pyro is one of the most useful to me. I can insert track break points, and either burn the resulting mix as a series of tracks, or even save the individual tracks as files (WAV, MP3, or WMA) if I want. Pyro can also make straightforward Data CDs, by building a list of files and folders you want to burn.

As a CD ripper, Pyro uses an adjustable, high-quality MP3 filter, so you can get extremely high quality results (or smaller files, if you prefer). It also can rip to WAV or WMA, though I haven't tried this. It was easy to use, and grabbed CD info from CDDB, as you would expect. My only complaint in ripping CDs was that it didn't let me set the filenames like I wanted to. By default it used the track name as the name of the file, and there was an option to prepend the track number. But there wasn't an option to include the artist name or album name in the filename, which is a little annoying.

I haven't tried to use Pyro with a portable MP3 player. The program includes a link to a webpage that shows which players are compatible with it. If you're interested, here's the page: http://www.cakewalk.com/Owners/Pyro2004/Portables/ . The basic transfer interface appears to be straightforward.

Pyro doesn't burn DVDs, so if you need this feature, this isn't your program. However, Cakewalk does make a program called MediaWorks, which appears to work just like Pyro, but with additional features for burning DVDs. I haven't used MediaWorks, so I can't comment on it.

Pyro works perfectly well as a playlist-based audio file player, though there's nothing really special about it. As far as I can tell, it doesn't maintain its own music file database like some of the jukebox programs, so you just use the file browser pane to drag files from their directory into the playlist. Personally, I would recommend Winamp for music playback (and it's free), but there's nothing wrong with Pyro if you want to use it for that. On the other hand, it's a fairly handy recording program. It gives you basic level meters so you can set your recording level (in the Windows volume control), and it drops the recorded project right into the audio editor pane when it's done, so you can split tracks, readjust levels, add effects, etc. One nice thing is that it uses standard DirectX effects, so if you have other audio programs that come with DirectX effects (such as other Cakewalk programs), you can use all of those effects in Pyro, as well.

It took me a little bit of work to get up to speed with Pyro, but now that I have figured it out, I really like it, and I recommend it for most tasks. I've used previous versions of CD Creator Deluxe (though not the current version), and I think Pyro is a much more polished (and more reliable) program. It does everything I need it to, but it's very streamlined for all the things it does. ... Read more


34. QuickStart Studio Composer
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00014WPTY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Interactive Digital Design
Sales Rank: 1641
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Write, record, mix, and print music with this all-in-one program
  • Arrange and record multi-track compositions
  • Build compositions from scratch or from existing MIDI files
  • View your creations during playback in real-time notation
  • Print to review your composition; rehearse at your own pace

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Excelent music composer...
I'm a novice at using notation software, and I've found this software to be very easy to use! Compared to other software at this price range, this is the best I found. I am able to make awesome songs and the sound quality coming from the instuments is good. I am very satisfied with the product and highly recommend it to anybody.

1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid Like the Plague
Hangs and crashes regularly before you can get anything useful done with it. The manual is missing from the disk and the online manual is garbled beyond comprehension. The online support tells you if it crashes to update drivers and *reload Windows*! Don't bother -- after doing all that the behavior is the same. It may be the cheapest on the market, but stay away - it is a complete waste of your money. ... Read more


35. Logic Pro 6
list price: $999.99
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Asin: B0001FYRQ2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple
Sales Rank: 6145
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Features

  • Comprehensive set of music creation tools
  • Combines composition, notation, and audio production facilities
  • Total-recall mixing and automation; plug-in processing
  • Hundreds of customizable key commands
  • Ideal for film, TV, and video post-production facilities

36. MP3 Maker 2005 Deluxe (Large Box)
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0002DOXBC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: MAGIX ENTERTAINMENT
Sales Rank: 2818
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Features

  • Burn playlist contents on the fly, in any file format, onto CD and DVD
  • Drag and drop songs into your mix, directly from the Explorer or database
  • Add fantastic special effects to your mix -Reverb, Scratch effects, Compressor,3D effects and much more
  • Workshop of precision editing tools enhance the sound of your music
  • Better support for mobile music -special connection center makes it easy

37. Teach Me Guitar Deluxe
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00005Q5X5
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Voyetra
Sales Rank: 3216
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Capably hosted by respected session guitarist and veteran instructor Ross Bolton, Voyetra Turtle Beach's Teach Me Guitar Deluxe won't teach you how to solo like Carlos Santana. The program instead distills the most important elements of beginning and intermediate rock guitar into bite-size bits that promote extensive hands-on practice and self-discovery. Like a Reader's Digest Condensed Book, it smartly conveys the flavor and styling of its subject matter without overwhelming the user, thus allowing aspiring players to begin the move from bumbling amateur to nimble-fingered virtuoso.

Starting with basic open chords and progressing sequentially through chord variations, power and movable chording, basic melody positioning, scales, picking techniques, and several standard blues and rock progressions, Teach Me Guitar Deluxe features 30-plus lessons amid a wide variety of compelling visual accompaniments. Students have access to such perks as animated fretboards, graphic fingering demonstrations, charts, and live-environment music videos featuring Bolton and his made-for-software band. While only four complete songs are offered, each is paired with an impressive tutorial that covers every note from the beginning of the introduction on through the verse, chorus, solo, and conclusion.

Fortunately, the program is designed to adapt to varying abilities. At any point during the proceedings, players may opt to loop and repeat a given passage, decrease or increase musical tempo without affecting the key, skip sections that seem too simplistic, or consult the enclosed chord dictionary booklet for more comprehensive fingering instructions. Teach Me Guitar Deluxe distinguishes itself from Voyetra's earlier Teach Me Guitar in several respects, the most notable of which is an electronic tuner that allows you to connect your axe to the computer's sound card for error-free digital setup. The package also includes a new audio-visual presentation of its printed chord dictionary, a hard-copy tablature pad, and a trio of guitar picks. Sadly, all three of the latter are equally thick and perhaps a bit too stiff for some.

Those who already know their basic chops and feel the need to move on to advanced soloing and phrasing are advised to check out Voyetra's more sophisticated Teach Me Rock Guitar or Teach Me Blues Guitar. Yet rookie and sophomore players wanting to supplement their learning curve with a grab bag of the essentials should find Teach Me Guitar Deluxe a helpful, enjoyable, and easily navigable instructional aid. --Gordon Goble ... Read more

Reviews (1)

2-0 out of 5 stars All flash and no real learning!
I bought 2 CDROMs from this company, piano for my kid and guitar for myself. Neither does a very good job of teaching. This one is by far the worse of the two. My biggest problem is the lessons are very scattered. You are expected to go from point A to point D, skipping B and C. The playback on the songs isn't very flattering, as it is MIDI with no real guitar sounds. The instructor is straight out of the eighties with his big hair, so if anything I got a good laugh. ... Read more


38. Making More Music
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B0001GDEV0
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Viva Media
Sales Rank: 1818
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Features

  • Creative learning experience with games and music-making tools
  • Interactive sections with more than 2 dozen instruments
  • Learn fundamental concepts of tempo, scale, and musical notation
  • Print out compositions for playing later on real instruments
  • For age group 6 and up

39. Instant Play Guitar (Jewel Case)
list price: $9.99
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Asin: B00020633Q
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Topics Entertainment
Sales Rank: 2193
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • In-depth instructions for beginners -- 10 lessons for complete beginners, plus 50 instructional clips for better technique
  • Understand guitar topics like fingerstyle, classical play & chord structures
  • Advanced instructions for inversions, circle of fifths, scales, modes, transposing and arpeggios
  • Comes with digital dictionary of 1,260 playable chords
  • Use backup tracks for 9 musical styles

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
I learned how to play a few songs in only a few weeks. It was really helpfull and informative. I'd recommend it for anyone. ... Read more


40. Neuratron PhotoScore 3

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Asin: B0001XDYR2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sibelius Software Ltd.
Sales Rank: 9289
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Features

  • Scan printed music into Sibelius
  • Edit, transpose, playback, extract parts, and print
  • Reads 32 staves per page, 2 polyphonic voices, different clefs
  • Also reads articulations, hairpins, slurs, and much more
  • Scan lyrics, chord symbols, and text

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