2006/10/23

Casio AP80R 88-key Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard

The Casio AP-80R Digital Piano is an 'ensemble' digital piano with a large library of built-in songs, tones, and rhythms - plus a microphone input for a great sing-along feature including a large LCD for lyrics. The AP-80R is an impressive furniture-style 88-key, weighted digital piano that has a lot more than "piano" under its sleeve. This piano provides a complete orchestra to your living room, 88 scaled hammer-action keys with 3-level touch response will make acoustic players feel at home.

As a piano, the AP-80R fills all of the needs. True Stereo Sampling give you amazingly realistic tones. A unique jog-dial interface and a large LCD makes navigating advanced features easy. The dual-element HL Sound Source and 32-note polyphony deliver powerfully realistic reproduction of the 256 tones. It also has 120 rhythms, split/layer finctions, auto-harmonize, 8 digital effects, auto-accompaniment, 80 songs, lesson function, 2 track sequencer, tuning control, key transpose, metronome, SmartMedia card slot, general MIDI tones, and a USB port for downloading more tones and songs.

The AP80R is an exciting new digital piano that keeps you coming back to the piano bench. High-quality stereo sounds, a smooth weighted keyboard, smart looks, and plenty of hi-tech features make it one of the best values in its class.

Brand : Casio

Casio AP45 Digital Piano

The Caiso AP45 Digital Piano from Casio offers everything you want. The Casio AP45 touch-senitive 88-note digital keyboard feels like a reel piano. When you playing the AP45, you might think you're playing a fine acoustic piano, thanks to Casio's Weighted Hammer Action Keyboard. The Celviano AP-45 is equipped with the ZPI sound source and thus provides sound in the best grand piano quality. It features 60 outstanding onboard sounds, 2 headphones jacks (ideal for lessons!), 66 onboard songs, transpose and tuning controls, MIDI In/Out, and a rosewood design stand with a sliding key cover.

Brand : Caiso

Alesis SR16 Stereo Drum Machine

The Alesis SR-16 is a Classic Drum Machine for Composition, Recording and Accompaniment. Because of the high quality and affordable price, the SR-16?has been used by everyone from songwriters to live performers to remix engineers as their drum machine of choice. It's a useful tool for drummers, guitarists, and any musicians. The SR-16 offers features such as natural drum sounds, a great selection of 233 realistic, both in dry form and sampled with our incomparable digital reverbs.

The SR-16 also has many wonderful functions. The Alesis's exclusive Dynamic Articulation?feature enables a drum sound to change its tonal content as it's played harder for truly realistic performances. By utilizing the built in rhythmic variations (with A, B and two Fill sections) for composing complete arrangements, you can create and save your own customized patterns and songs. It comes with 50 preset patterns that were actually played in by top studio drummers, not just programmed and quantized.

The advantage of the SR-16 Drum Editor is that it allows you to quickly make changes to your drum sets for use with a sequencer or midi-sequencing program. It's so easy to use that you'll be up-and-running and composing new music in minutes. The SR-16 also provides complete MIDI implementation, a footswitch input, flexible programming and editing features and velocity sensitive pad buttons. Whether you need a songwriting partner or an accompanyist for live performance, turn to the all-time world standard in drum machines: the SR-16.

2006/07/03

Carreras will sing in Sarajevo again

panish tenor Jose Carreras will sing again in Sarajevo, 12 years after performing in a burned-out library to raise money for rebuilding the war-ravaged Bosnian capital.

The singer said Saturday that he will perform July 10 with the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Spanish conductor David Jimenez as part of a music festival.

Carreras said he was excited to be returning to Bosnia, where in June 1994 he joined conductor Zubin Mehta and other stars in a charity performance of Mozart's Requiem Mass at the National Library, which had been burned to a hulk two years earlier by Serb shelling.

Carreras also said he and the other two members of the opera trio known as The Three Tenors — Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo — have received an offer from Russian promoters to perform in Moscow's Red Square and are trying to see if their work schedules will allow them to perform.

The Three Tenors have performed more than 30 concerts together since their first show in 1990 in Rome. Their last performance was in late 2003 in the United States.

One of their traditions has been to sing together on the last weekend of the soccer World Cup in the host country, but this year the lineup will be different: Domingo will be joined by tenor Rolando Villazon and soprano Anna Netrebko at a concert in Berlin on July 7.

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2006/07/02

Chaka Chaka: Wage war against malaria

South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka urged world leaders Saturday to wage war against malaria as she paid emotional tribute to a band member who died two years ago of the disease, which kills more than a million people every year.

Phumzile Ntuli was infected while on tour with Chaka Chaka in Gabon in 2004. Upon her return to South Africa, she fell into a coma, from which she never recovered.

"Malaria robbed South Africa of a wonderful musician; it robbed her son Menzi of his mother, her family of their daughter and me of a friend I valued and trusted," Chaka Chaka said at a memorial service in Durban intended to highlight the threat as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria meets there to evaluate progress curbing the epidemics.

"But the real tragedy here is that her death was avoidable. She did not have to die, because malaria is preventable, treatable and curable."

Malaria, which is caused by a parasite carried by mosquitoes, remains the biggest killer of children in Africa.

Programs supported by the Global Fund have distributed 11.3 million insecticide-treated bed nets, among the most effective ways to ward against malaria, and are poised to rapidly scale up prevention efforts globally. However, the fund has a $800,000 shortfall for new grants in 2006.

Sex Pistol Gets Hollywood Treatment At Film Fest

Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones has been hosting Jonesy's Jukebox on the Los Angeles radio station Indie 103.1 for two and a half years now, during which time he's become a much-loved local hero. So when the L.A. Film Festival screened Julien Temple's Pistols rockumentary The Filth & The Fury on Saturday, July 1, it seemed only right that he broadcast a special Jonesy's episode live from the venue.

Setting up shop in a cabana at the Hollywood Hills' open-air John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, the punk legend-turned-DJ conducted his show before a throng of delighted fans and lookie-loos, many of whom clutched Pistols memorabilia that Jones graciously signed during commercial breaks. During his on-air segments, Jones interviewed local bands the Vacation (with whom he also jammed on an acoustic performance of the Velvet Underground's "I'm Waiting For The Man"), the Like, and classical group the Section Quartet; chatted with Charlatans U.K. singer and fellow L.A. transplant Tim Burgess; and repeatedly bemoaned England's Saturday World Cup defeat.

After Jones's two-hour broadcast, girl-pop trio the Like appeared on the Ford stage, performing a short set that included the surprisingly sultry Sex Pistols covers "Submission" and "Seventeen"; their appearance was followed by an all-strings instrumental rendition of "God Save The Queen" by the Section Quartet, who received a standing ovation. Jones then kicked an autographed soccer ball into the audience as a way of kicking off his movie screening under the stars, after which greasy garage-rockers the Vacation ended the night with a fierce and unhinged performance of the Pistols classics "Holidays In The Sun," "Pretty Vacant," and "EMI."

"I try to cater to music lovers and not just music fodder," Jones told the crowd when discussing his irreverent, freeform Indie 103.1 show. And there's no doubt that the many music lovers at the L.A. Film Festival this evening left the theater completely thrilled with Jonesy's job well done.

Austin pleads guilty to cocaine charges

Grammy-winning producer Dallas Austin, who has crafted songs for TLC, Madonna and Michael Jackson, pleaded guilty Sunday to cocaine charges in the United Arab Emirates, a newspaper reported.

Austin faces up to four years in prison when he is sentenced Tuesday, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"I'm pleading guilty but by mistake," Austin was quoted as saying during a short hearing in Dubai. "I had no knowledge and no intention of violating the laws of the U.A.E."

The songwriter, whose life story was loosely depicted in the 2002 movie "Drumline," was arrested May 19 at Dubai's airport.

He was on his way to a three-day birthday party for supermodel Naomi Campbell at a Dubai hotel, the newspaper reported. He was charged with cocaine possession and has been held without bail at a police station, it said.

The newspaper said four attorneys accompanied Austin to the hearing: Mohammad al-Reda of the United Arab Emirates, Qays Hatem al-Zu'bi of Bahrain, Joel A. Katz of Atlanta and another American lawyer who declined to give his name.

Austin, who is based in Atlanta, has several hits to his credit, including Pink's "Just Like a Pill" and TLC's "Unpretty." He won a Grammy Award for best R&B album in 1999 for producing TLC's multiplatinum "Fanmail." He also produced "Drumline" and "ATL."

2006/04/23

Music Software

Now a days musicians and even music enthusiast are finding that there is an intact world of software music intended to aid in writing music, teaching users about music, and even working with audio music files on PC’s. In fact, the music software rebellion is becoming a mainstream observable fact.

Music Software for Writing music:

In the prehistoric times the task of writing music was a mind-numbing process since the process involves penciling notes, chords by hand, trying to play the melody, staffed paper, and then making alterations by physically erasing notes and depiction in new notes.

Example includes a built-in staff, set of notes, clefs and some musical memos that can be hauled and dived into an apt position on a staff.

Music Software mechanism is quite analogous to word processors. This fussy software allows the computer to play back the music over and over again as desired all through the writing process.

Music Software for learning about music:

Varities of software obtainable in today’s market are didactic in nature and the exploit of this meticulous type of software teaches the user concerning the history of music as well as how to write or play music. Music Software can also be stuffed for children as young as six years old who are the beginners of the music world. Fun features and interactive utensils are often built-in to persuade the child to gain knowledge of music. Educational software can also be highly specialized and geared toward consummate musicians looking forward to fawn their skills.

Fan of music also benefit from software:

Fan of music gets benefited by music software. Music software provides music for those who merely enjoy music and have no intention of learning more about. With the mount in esteem of digital music and MP3 players, scores of music fans are in hunt of software for making their contemporary music collection more handy. For this type of music fan, there is software that can convert your current music anthology – no matter whether it is in the form of CD’s, LP’s or cassette tapes – to audio files that can then be downloaded as MP3 files. An extra advantage of music software is it consent to the almost instantaneous adaptation of music from one form of audio file to another.

2006/04/12

How to select an amplifier?

An amplifier becomes an important fitting for a guitar, so there are various aspects to be inspected before purchasing your amplifier. First check whether your amplifier provides efficient

Volume
Flexibility, it should not be rigid and stiff
Manageability


The above stated qualities are required to check the functionality of the amplifiers, but most importantly you must check whether the amplifier goes well with your guitar. The amplifier should improve the sound produced from the guitar; it should sound well with the instrument.

There are a variety of amplifiers, and each has its own positives. Earlier players used the amplifiers which were powered by the vacuum tubes. The sounds emitted from those amplifiers were distinct and possessed high quality. But the draw back was that they were not easily repairable, and were expensive.

So other kinds of amplifiers like the transistor or solid state variety began to earn popularity. Now there are various different amplifiers from which you can choose one. While purchasing an amplifier, you can buy one with the power amplifier head segregated from the speaker. Or the power amplifier head and the speaker can be blended together called as the combo.

The cabinet itself has a variety of effects on the sounds produced. These effects are due to the kind of wood used for the cabinet, the size of the cabinet and whether the cabinet has its back side opened or closed. You can also select an extension cabinet. There are also an array of design specifications in the cabinet such as the cabinet straight and the cabinet slant. If you want a very portable amplifier, which could be used even in rash conditions, then the battery operated amplifiers serve your purpose.

While looking for an amplifier make sure that it does not come out with a muddy and muffled sound when used with your guitar. So when you are going to purchase your amplifier take the guitar with you. This will help in finding the best one. The other effects to be scrutinized are

Amplification which lacks distortion
Balanced equalizer
Bass and treble should be maintained equally
And other sound effects like reverberation etc should be present.
Proper tone controls

The main aspect to be noted is the quality of sound produced by the amplifier and the affinity between your instrument and the amp.

2006/04/06

Computer Music--Buying Guide

Technology and sophistication rule the world today; listening to music through a normal audio player has become history. Developments in all aspects of technology have driven man to the extent of making the impossible, possible. The field of music is no exception to this.

Electronic or computer music originated in the twentieth century, this is the period when new devices were invented. Geoff hill was an Australian and he was the first person to generate computer music on the CSIRAC computer. After that many organizations and institutions were dedicated to the study of electronic and computer music.

Drench yourself in the pool of eminent music provided , where supreme quality takes up the first priority. Our products are results of the application of innovative or existing technologies in the areas of music, sound diffusion, sound synthesis and digital signal processing.

Analog representations of music have lost their charm, while the sharp digital music has established its reign. People nowadays are becoming crazy on digital music, because the digital representation of sounds can be manipulated efficiently. They do not remain mundane and monotonous.

Keyboards & MIDI--Buying Guide

A keyboard is a musical instrument with a set of depressible levers, which makes the instrument produce sound. The layout of the keyboards is usually common with white and black keys set according to a pattern, which repeats at the interval of an octave. All the keys in the keyboard are uniformly distributed; if the width of an octave is 12 units then the white key width is 12/7 units and the center of each of these keys are separated by a single unit.

The appearance of Clavichord and Harpsichord in the fourteenth century, led to the widespread adpotion of piano, which continued over the 18th century. Piano helped the player to play with the dynamics of the sound by varying vigor. This again gave vent to the electronic keyboard instruments that used oscillators and frequency dividers to produce waveform.

Among the early efforts include the invention of electronic pianos which were found useful in their own rights. The development of Synthesizers happened in 1960s with the Moog Synthesizer being the most notable one. In the 1960s and 70s there were monophonic synthesisers which could play only one note at a time. in the 1970s polyphonic synthesisers were developed along with digital sequencers.

In 1982, National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) convention discussed a proposal for standardization of the reception of musical performance information digitally between all types of electronic musical instruments. Thus in 1983, MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) was born.

Why should I go for MIDI

  • MIDI represents music in digital form.
  • With MIDI, it is easy to change one note in a song.
  • Each instrument in a MIDI performance is placed different from the rest. So listening to individual instruments is possible.
  • MIDI Sequencer helps record performances and can listen to it at a later time.
  • Editing data is possible with MIDI.
  • MIDI instruments come with different sounds so as to make fully orchestrated music.

2006/04/04

Arturia Minimoog V Academic Version

1971. At the NAMM convention, Bob Moog introduces the Minimoog, the very first compact and affordable synthesizer for musicians. With its fat sound and unparalleled filters, the Minimoog eventually became responsible for some of the best analog synth bass and lead sounds ever.

2004. At the NAMM show, Arturia introduces the minimoog V, a faithful reproduction of the Minimoog. Offering all the features of the original, the software version also brings polyphony, MIDI management, presets, coupled with other advantages of modern tools - behind the control panel are additional functions: a modulation matrix, an arpeggiator and an independent LFO as well as a stereo chorus and a delay.

Ion Audio IED01 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit

The iDM01 features a great selection of 233 realistic, natural drum sounds, offered both in dry form and sampled with Ion's incomparable digital reverbs. Ion's exclusive 'Dynamic Articulation' feature enables a drum sound to change its tonal content as it's played harder for truly realistic performances. The iDM01 features 50 preset patterns with enough built-in rhythmic variations (with A, B and two fill sections) for composing complete arrangements, and creating and saving your own customized patterns and songs. Plug the headphones, included in the kit, right into the headphone jack for discrete practicing. Plus, the iDM01 also provides complete MIDI implementation, flexible programming and editing features and velocity-sensitive pad buttons.

Ableton Live 5.0

Ableton Live 5.0 is M-Audio's biggest development effort since the initial release of Live in 2001. This upgrade is designed to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise and edit your musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment. Winner of countless industry awards, Live integrates loop-based and linear production methodologies¡ªincluding unique virtual instruments and effects¡ªtogether in a single interface for unparalleled creative freedom. Live 5 brings your acoustic, electronic and virtual instruments¡ªas well as your digital audio recordings and MIDI sequences¡ªtogether in a single interface with unparalleled ease of use.