Music related hardware and software product reviews
Sibelius 7 continues its tradition as a very robust, feature packed music notation system for the PC and Mac. Many would say that it has always been more user friendly than its competitors, but Sibelius 7 brings to the performance some new additions that some might think threaten to upset the cart. Is Sibelius 7 worth the price of admission?
Auralia is a very full featured aural training software program used to help musicians develop their listening skills.Â The software contains hundreds of exercises in a variety of different topics from scale recognition to intervals and many more.
Finding a software title that takes the pain and suffering out of learning a vital skill is always refreshing. For many people ear training classes are one of these painful yet necessary parts of learning to be a good musician. The EarMaster Pro version 5 software manages to provide an excellent series of ear training exercises while avoiding the common pitfalls of many music education software titles . While it is doubtful that any company could make aural training exercises fun, EarMaster comes quite close and still manages to be rich in features and variety of instruction.
Goovy Music City is the last in a series of three music education software titles from Sibelius Music. The software provides instruction in twelve different areas for students in the upper elementary grades. Topics covered include note reading, instrument identification,scales,composing, and many more.
When I received a copy of O-Generator in the mail I didnâ€™t really know what to expect. After a few days of playing with it and delving into the tutorials I found that although I was impressed with the ideas behind it, the O-Generator is far from perfect. This review will touch on what I found to be the more positive aspects of the software as well as some drawbacks that teachers should be aware of when considering it as a classroom tool.
Using SmartMusic in class is a great way to encourage good practice habits and to reinforce the importance of good intonation and rhythmic accuracy. Unfortunately using SmartMusic at home has been problematic for some students due to what some might describe as a complicated user interface. Luckily SmartMusic's authors have listened to these complaints and have released a new updated version of the software that solves many problems including student microphone placement and microphone volume settings.
There are literally dozens of audio editing products available on the market these days ranging from very expensive down to very free. In that lineup of software one product seems to stand out not because of what it can or cannot do, but because of the fact that what it does it does better than any other piece of software that this reviewer has ever used. The Song Surgeon audio editor is not a swiss army knife application. The company has focused its attention on doing some very audio editing tasks, and doing them very, very well.
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