• April 29, 2017 /  Composer & Instrument
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    A new music software is about to take the entire computer audio and music software by storm, striking the perfect balance between soul and R&B.

    Developed hand in hand with Grammy-winning artist Alicia Keys, Native Instruments’ Alicia’s Keys Virtual Piano software brings Alicia Keys’ very own music within reach. This software recreates Keys’ signature Yamaha C3 Neo grand piano. The entire project is a product of a close craftsmanship between the renowned keyboard software developer Thomas Scarbee and Alicia Keys herself. Native Instruments was able to capture that distinct Alicia Keys sound, after two full years of hard work!

    Using nothing but the best vintage microphones and high-end outboard studio gear, this new sampled grand is not your everyday instrument. It has a number of strong features and a great tone, at a modest price.

    This new music software utilizes 17GB of high resolution samples paired with 12 discrete velocity layers per note. It uses sophisticated emulation of crucial sonic aspects such as key release, pedal sustain functionality as well as sympathetic resonance.

    Alicia’s Keys user interface also provides complete control over the sound in order to further adjust it to the particular musical preference and personal playing style of the user. And to make things even better, it also includes a studio-quality convolution reverb that allows a number of authentic room ambiances ranging from a small piano chamber to a large stage or concert hall.

    The actual piano of Alicia Keys is a Yamaha C3, a part of the limited edition Neo cabinetry. It is a six-foot grand, which means that its low register is less full and deep than on a nine-foot concert grand. Yamaha pianos are widely respected for their bright, in-your-face sound, and that the same characteristic is preserved in this music software.

    You will be very impressed with the realistic features of Alicia’s Keys. The velocity response makes it extremely playable even when you are not as good as Alicia Keys and every range of the keyboard responds well just as it should.

    Aside from its built-in convolution reverb, it also has a standard DSP reverb that gives you more options if you are running on a slower computer. However, even without the reverb, the piano’s natural ambiance is beautiful. Probably because of its meticulous tuning – each unison has exactly the right amount of microscopic tuning, making the tone of the choruses almost perfect, just like on a real piano.

    Alicia’s Keys is ideal for a pop ballad sound, richer and more up-front than the Yamaha C7 or the German Steinway. It is by far the most inviting to play and the most flexible to use among all other piano samples and virtual pianos.

    Make music out of sheer inspiration. Evoke deep emotions with every note. Get Native Instrument’s Alicia’s Keys Virtual Piano* today!

  • April 28, 2017 /  Composer & Instrument
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    Officially, MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface, and it was invented in 1982. These days, it refers to three components:

    1. A physical connector between electronic instruments and between electronic instruments and a MIDI controller, usually a keyboard. The connector takes the form of MIDI IN and MIDI OUT jacks form which MIDI cables can bet plugged into any electronic instruments (and you’d be surprised at how much music hardware out there today is MIDI-capable almost every detachable keyboard is!)

    2. A message format this message format is the heart of MIDI. This format is made up not of the sounds themselves, but simply the commands that are issued by the MIDI keyboard to the electronic instruments telling them how to play a given song (play the violin turn down the volume to XX, adjust the pitch to YY, etc.)

    With the above two components, a musician was able to control a string of musical instruments from a single keyboard, giving him a one-man band effect.

    3. A storage format in other words, MIDI files. This latecomer of the MIDI trinity was what really did the trick because it allowed musicians to record their creations and tweak them on many different parameters until they got it sounding just they way they wanted it. Without this, MIDI songs could not be played back, because since MIDI commands include only the instructions to the instrument on how to play the song and not the actual music itself, they cannot be recorded in audio format. Now MIDI files can be recorded, emailed, or even downloaded from the Internet.

    A MIDI studio can now be produced in two ways via hardware or software. The hardware version involves connecting a keyboard (using MIDI cables) to the MIDI jack of an electronic instrument and then stringing together up to 16 of these instruments in a daisy chain by way of their MIDI IN and MIDI OUT jacks. The software version keeps the MIDI keyboard (or other MIDI controller such as a MIDI guitar, etc.), while the instruments appear in virtual form on a computer screen (various software programs such as Reason, Logic, and Cubase can do this).

  • April 25, 2017 /  Composer & Instrument
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    Cleaning and maintenance of woodwind instruments is of great importance few musicians are aware of.A common woodwind instrument can be decreased to a quarter of its lifetime if not receive necessary treatment.Here is a general overview over simple maintenance for the most common instruments.

    Mouthpieces

    Because of condens,food,candy etc. every mouthpiece is exposed for rust and other less attractive coating on the inside.Therefore , it is important to clean regularly.The mouthpieces is decisive for the sound in the instrument and if this is bad the sound get bad.Watch out for notches or other small errors on the mouthpiece,while this can harm lips or destroy the pitch.
    Mouthpieces of brass instruments should be put in lukewarm soap water and cleaned with a small bottle brush or pipe-cleaner.The best option is of course to get a mouthpiece brush.
    Mouthpiece of woodwind instruments shall not be cleaned,but only be dried with a cloth.Make sure the chamber under the chip is clean,and dont damage/scratch.Musicians should themselves provide new chips.

    Flute

    Flute for sale is also a woodwind instrument, even if most flutes today consists of metal.The flutes have matching flaps as saxophone and clarinet and demands proportionate caution and maintenance.Its stricktly prohibited try and repair something by yourself if you are not an expert.

    Clarinet

    A clarinets selmer for instance demands the same measures as for saxophone, but are maybe even more exposed for damages if you do not make sure to dry out the instrument entirely,especially in the winter time.Remember ,a clarinet is made of wood which is influated of dry and moist air.A clarinets selmer must never be put in a bath.All adjustment,lubrication and repair must be done by a workshop or an expert.

    Saxophone

    Alto sax yamaha for instance consist of a significant number of moving parts and they are very exposed for damages.It is important the instrument is dried through after every session.On all the flaps there is small pillows.These dries out over time and must be replaced.It is important you do not give the instrument a bath,because the pillows might loosen or be destroyed.All adjustment,lubrication and repair ,must be done by an expert or a workshop.

    Buying woodwind instruments online demands extra maintenance as you do not know how the previous owner has treated his/hers instrument.

  • April 25, 2017 /  Music Studio
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    Could you imagine having a music studio software program that has the same, if not better, creation and recording options that a professional recording studio would have but for a price of uder $30 bucks?

    If your thinking that finding such a beat maker is crazy and unrealistic, since the majority of music creator software is priced for hundreds of dollars, you would be mistaken.

    Of course you have many options one of which is to buy top of the line software, but I would not recommend it if you are a beginner or new to beat making software. These programs will run hundreds of dollars and require extensive knowledge of music production to make any beats at all.

    For starters Any good quality music studio software program will have a Key editor that produces Instruments, qualiy banks, special effects, stabs and more.

    If you are searching for a beat maker and come accross one that does not have this kind of key editor, simply scratch it off your list.

    When I first started to remix music, 10 years ago, I did not have the dollars to drop on programs such as fruity Loops or sound forge.

    I wanted a music studio software program that had top notch pre recorded beats that I could add to or use as an overlay, already pre-loaded. I wanted something affordable but not cheap.

    My Dj beats software that I have is good for mixing but not as savvy on creating music beats. Since

    my dream list was getting longer and harder to find, I would just buy music beats until a friend of mine told me about a new music studio software that was released. It really is something you need to see for yourself to believe.

    Let’s just say that I have been finally making those killer beats I kept hearing in my head but was unable to create them until now.

    Consider your search over so that you too can start making the music beats you have always wanted to create. Warning…this music studio software program is addicting.

  • April 22, 2017 /  Composer & Instrument
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    One particular orthodontist from New York is advising parents to first check with a dentist whether their child should or shouldn’t start playing a wind instrument. This dentist explains that a number of dental problems are a result of the instruments that one plays. Not much thought is really given to the kind of musical instruments kids play, the orthodontist explained in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.

    Eventually, the children will discover that the instrument does not really fit them dentally or temperamentally. Many would wind up as handicapped musicians playing only on a mediocre level. Certain dental problems are caused by wind instruments, and so every good dentist must keep would be musicians, teachers, and parents about these things.

    A child and his parents must seek out the dentist’s advice before making the decision that is is sure to cost time, money, and effort. A lot of dentists agree that many cases involving body tissue illnesses are because of the playing of single reed instruments by wind musicians. This is because you place much of the instrument’s weight on your lower lip which gets its support from your teeth. Continuous pressure on the teeth prevents a constant flow of blood from entering into the affected bone area.

    He said the strong muscles of the jaws also unintentionally increase the outward pressure against some upper teeth which can harm the current proper teeth alignment. The playing of brass instruments also causes the lips to press against the lower and upper teeth. He said extended periods of playing these instruments have caused some mobility or unnecessary movement of the teeth. Those with irregular or sharp front teeth may experience pain on their lips when they play the oboe while those with short upper lips would have a difficult time playing the flute.

    There is also a possibility of acquiring dental problems through the playing of string instruments. He said previous studies have shown that continuous violin playing causes much pressure on the jaw, especially the part which holds the violin against the shoulder, and this may lead to a faulty bite in some people. Dental problems may be avoided if the would be musician would have an oral examination, especially of his tongue and lips. Your handicap as a would be musician would be solved through the proper recommendation of your dentist given early to ensure dental suitability and oral health.

    The best way to avoid any major problems later on in life is to get checkups early on. This is more true when it comes to playing music with wind instruments. Whatever the activity, as long as your mouth and teeth are involved, go see your dentist.

  • April 22, 2017 /  Vocalist
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    There are a lot of talented people in the world. Not all of them will make it to fame but many of them will. There are many record labels that are looking for artists to promote. There are many different songs and many styles of all of the artists.

    Many of the singers and songs are not promoted so it is impossible for them to become famous. Some people cannot afford to promote their music so that a record label can find them. Others do not know how to get the attention of the record labels.

    Just because someone has not signed with a record label does not mean they are not really good. Many artists are amazing even though they are unsigned artists. Many of them will write their own songs and sing them too. There are a lot of possibilities when it comes to any kind of music.

    Record labels that are looking for artists will look in many places for them. They may check out websites that will allow people to post videos of their talents. They may wait for someone to send a talented individual their way before they will even consider signing with them. Every record label will do things differently.

    There are many singers and songs that are great but they never make it in the industry because they were showcased at the wrong time or because nobody knew about them. It is important to have the timing right on the release of songs because there will be many songs released all year long. A record label will be able to promote these songs and give the artist a chance but the artist has to impress the record label first.

    Unsigned artists have to work hard to get noticed and if they are able to get assistance from posting their videos of them performing their songs, it will help them tremendously. There are many different kinds of music and different types of performers. Some people are excellent singers and songwriters but are unable to perform in front of an audience.

    Record labels that are looking for artists will look at everything. They may be able to have the artists write songs for their current artists or sign a contract with the singer and songwriter which has the potential to make them famous. There are many opportunities out there if people know where to find them.

    Not all of the singers and songs are going to be famous. Someone may spend several years writing and singing before they are even noticed. Other people may get a break with their first song but it does not mean they will make it big.

  • April 22, 2017 /  Music Concert
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    It is said that life is a roller coaster ride. One cannot say with absolute certainty as to what will happen in the next moment. Only those live their life fullest, who do not miss any opportunity to enjoy and make them feel encouraged and refreshed. Recreation leads to refreshment of mind as well as body with the help of activity that stimulates and amuses. Recreational activities always prove to be of great help in providing mental as well as health benefits and hence are of great importance. These activities help in boosting the immune system, creating positive moods and alleviating depression. In today’s hectic and demanding world, these types of activities provide relaxation as well as revitalization.

    Live concert dvds has certainly an edge over attending in person. If you find a good company offering live concerts, you will see that there is no parking charge, or additional charge on tickets. You can sit at any place according to your wish and each seat will give you perfect view of the concert. You can choose to watch the live concerts as loud as possible and no one’s bad behavior will interfere the show. The merchandise that you will get there, will not be overpriced. You can get the thing of your choice in pocket-friendly prices. The atmosphere will be smokeless and you will find people enjoying in a non-disturbing manner. If you want the food or drink, the persons there will serve without making you wait endlessly.

    Rock concert dvd are one of the most popular forms of entertainment these days. These concerts are huge hit among those who live music and like to be a part of the crowd. The size of the crowds and the lively nature of the events make it very very special. The adrenalin flows when the crowd pumps up and the music is so intense that you could feel it passing through your body. You could well feel the sensation of the music all around. If you want to make your moments, these concerts are the real choice. It will not only invigorate you, but will also boost your happiness. You will feel yourself refreshed and energetic after visiting these concerts.

    The music presented in a live concert dvds is really praiseworthy. The artists there are vastly experienced and professionally-trained and this is the reason they are able to perform best before the audience. The benefits of these concerts also include a DVD movie recording for every tour of performing artist. The evolution of a band or performer can be very striking from every release because styles change overnight. This gives the persons the chance to see their artists and enjoy their favourite songs whether in symphony, electric or acoustic setting.

  • April 22, 2017 /  Artist & Celebrities
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    It seems that today’s world starts and stops with the movements of Hollywood celebrities. Everywhere you turn, there’s some juicy piece of news about this movie star or that teen pop sensation. All their actions are publicized for the entire world to see. One recent Hollywood trend that has everyone talking is the cosmetic dentistry procedures quite a number of these celebrities have undergone.

    When you’re a public figure, people always expect to see you at your best. Every inch of you must be picture perfect, from the tips of your hair to the ends of your toes. It goes without saying that your teeth, which are often seen because of the number of photographers always begging for your smile, have to be in mint condition as well. This is the primary reason why most celebrities receive cosmetic dental treatments nowadays.

    These celebrities have a lot of influence with their fans. Indeed, celebrity followers show their support for their favorite idols not only by consuming the fruits of their idol’s labor, but also by copying their sense of fashion, mannerisms, and even life decisions. This is why it’s no surprise that a lot of people are opting to go the cosmetic dentistry route. Seeing its effects on their favorite Hollywood stars has convinced a lot of people.

    It’s also interesting to note that many young people nowadays go to their cosmetic dentist in LA to have corrective and enhancement procedures done. Research material about the subject has linked this trend with celebrity cosmetic dentistry. Because the younger generation is much more exposed to the media, they tend to imitate the celebrities they see there more often as well.

    This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since there are several positive outcomes when a person goes to his or her cosmetic dentist in LA. Dental conditions are discovered and treated early while their confidence is boosted because their insecurities over their teeth’s appearance are solved. Cosmetic dentistry procedures are helpful in improving one’s emotional and social health.

    Some of the most common procedures that people ask their cosmetic dentist in LA about are teeth whitening, the use of veneers, and the straightening of crooked teeth. Correcting these condition all help improve one’s smile, and in turn, one’s self-esteem.

  • April 20, 2017 /  Artist & Celebrities
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    Your special day can only be special if you have good memories with you. Give yourself to be pampered by the best people in the fashion industry. You may be doing you daily makeup yourself but on your special days you need the professional touch which can only come with the most experienced and professional people. The professional makeup artists and hair stylists could offer state of the art work with their branded cosmetics, latest equipments and skilled hands.

    The makeup and hair style that is done will remain throughout the day and in your photographs you could see the stunning effects of the work done by these makeup artists. The clients are free to let these makeup artists know about their preference for a particular brand. They leave no stone unturned to go beyond expectations of the clients in order to satisfy them. The clients can have trial sessions with the Sydney Makeup artist to ensure they have seamless appearance on the specified day.
    Each of us has different skin type and different types of hair. The skin tone and texture vary considerably in different persons and so is the hair type. One needs professional intelligence to find out what kind of makeup and hair style would be suitable for a particular skin, hair or personality. Sydney Mobile Makeup Artist has got the knowledge to ensure you have the perfect look for you big day. The cosmetics that they use for their clients are all of premium quality. You can have appointment with them through email or by calling them over phone. You can talk to them freely about the kind of makeup you need on your special day.

    With right makeup and hair style, you can expect to have all photographs very natural and stunning. These memories will remain with you for ever so you must have the best looks. When you call professional Sydney Mobile Hair stylists, you can expect flawless work from them. Book the Sydney Makeup artist much before your actual wedding day or the special day on which you need your makeup to be done. These professionals are always in demand for their high quality work, affordable cost and courteous behavior. They make their clients feel relaxed and comfortable on their special day which is quite important factor. Whether you are going for a fashion show, a portfolio photograph session, a dance party or for your wedding, these professionals arrive early to the venue to have enough time to greet the person and have the makeup and hair styling arranged properly.

  • April 19, 2017 /  Vocalist
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    Grammy-winning country legendary star Lee Ann Womack will meet up with another country star Mark Chesnutt for a one-time only concert event Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Ill. There is no doubt that Womack is best known for her chart-topping single I Hope You Dance, is a Texas-born singer and songwriter who followed a life as a performing artist from a very young age. Her career in Nashville started in the mid-90s, in that time she has recorded seven albums, her most latest being Call Me Crazy in 2008. The Country legendary star Lee Ann Womack received the Country Music Associations Female Vocalist award in 2001. Classic country performers influenced Womack in her early years, artists such as Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Bob Wils, Ray Price and Glen Campbell. She considers her road act real, authentic country. Womack spoke with Windy City Times about the forthcoming performance, the approach she takes to performing in markets like Chicago that arent predominantly country and she also shared her views about singer/songwriter Chely Wright coming out last May as the first lesbian country star.

    On Sept 20 The Country legendary star Lee Ann Womack will host the 4th annual ACM Honors ceremony for special honorees and off-camera award winners at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Keith Urban will be honored with the Jim Reeves International Award, while Marty Robbins, Mel Tillis, talent agent Rod Essig and songwriters Don Schlitz and Cindy Walker will also be familiar for their career accomplishments. In addition, the film Crazy Heart will be honored with the Tex Ritter Award for country music-related films. Winners in the musician, bandleader, instrumental and industry will be recognized as well. The remaining ACM Awards were presented in April in Las Vegas. The evening is planned to recognize the winners of the categories that were not telecast during the Academy of Country Music Awards’ live broadcast on CBS in April as well as other honorees.

    The great Country singer Lee Ann Womack, whose signature song I Hope You Dance not only made the No.1 slot on the Billboard Country Chart but also crossed over to reach the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100, will be performing tonight at the Downstream Casino Resort near Joplin, Mo. One of the precious few country musicians skilled at blending old-school talent with modern style, Jacksonville native Lee Ann Womack has carved out a career filled with critical and industry acclaim. The two-time Grammy winner has also enjoyed a string of big hits, most remarkably I Hope You Dance, while never losing sight of the precious balance between honoring the past and staying rooted in the present. Her unfairly slept-on 2008 record, Call Me Crazy, conjures visions of Tammy Wynette (particularly its compelling single Last Call) in an era of blow-dried blondes posing on CMT. Get your Cheap Lee Ann Womack Tickets