Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ear Training Software

What is the deal with ear training software? There has been so much talk about it lately, and nobody has any idea what it is about, and what help does it provide. Well, let's discuss it and see what we can find out.
First of all, ear training the alpha and the omega to musicians. Because, a musician without a good ear, is like a driver with no eyes. Sure, you can drive, but where are you driving at? So it is really important to train our ears. Usually you can find one of those software for less that $100, especially if you target software for your personal use. On the other hand, if you are looking for software for you class, or for your school (as a teacher, of course) you can easily find some products that support that kind of need. For example, you can find software that can register to an entire school, for 20 computers, or more. So you don't have to worry about that.
Certainly, if you want your students to have trained ears, the school computers must have headphones, because if you have 20 computers with an ear training program in the same room, and have speakers on them, it's just going to be hell! Imagine 20 students who are doing different exercises at different times, trying to hear their own example over 19 other programs that play music. It would never work. So, headphones are required. Don't try this experiment without having them.
You can also set up a single computer, if you budget is limited, and the students can create different accounts in the program, with passwords and everything. That way it will come out much cheaper, but much less practical, because only one student at a time will be able to study and train his ears. In addition, if you want the full experience of the program, you should also consider providing the computers with microphones, because the programs usually pay a lot of attention in singing correctly, and they have ways of identifying if the student is doing so. Of course, it's no big deal if you can't buy a dozen of microphones, and then you won't even have the trouble of having to listen twenty students sing awfully in the same room.
My advice is to try the program yourself before buying the full program for the school. Maybe you can even download a trial version, and see how it plays out. Because, imagine what it would feel like if you bought a software for the school, you paid $700, and then you realized that it was not worth even $100!
So, be sure not to do hasty moves, research the market first, before you buy and music software, make sure that it's exactly what you want, and that it's worth it, and then buy it for yourself, your business, your school, or whatever you want to buy it for. My best wishes in you search for the best ear training software online. I hope you will find what you are looking for. And always remember, no hasty moves!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

General Music Software

The presence of software in music is not news to anybody. And thank God. That means that everybody is up to speed. I am going to try to explain to you how you will understand what kind of music software exists out there, and how you can benefit from its use. There are many types, and in every type of software there are many many competitors who will try to win you as a customer. Let's try to find which of those can be the best choice and why. Don't get scared by the number of software available, and don't stop reading if you 're interested in another kind of music. It's all here!
First of all, we have the music notation software. This is software based on the idea of bringing you a quick way of creating scores and parts, instead of writing everything, and then copying everything. No more copies! No more copyists! The future of music notation is upon us! Let's see which ones are the best. Primarily, we have, no big surprise here: Finale. Finale has been with us for lots of years, and has always been one of the best music software available. It will not disappoint you, it is capable of everything, though it might take you a while to get the hang of it just right. Another king of notation is Sibelius! Now, that program of easier to work with, and more friendly to the user. Its interface is kind and smooth, but on the other hand, it is not capable of as much as finale.
Another kind of music programs that we should take a look at is Cubase based software. Midi machines, in essence, capable of producing good quality pieces for those who don't have a personal orchestra to play their music. One of the best of those programs is of course Nuendo. Because Nuendo offers you the ability to use any VST program you want, which is essential if you need realistic sound, and it also provides you with a very friendly user interface, with which you can familiarize yourself pretty quickly.
Now, there is also another need of software in the public. The educational ones! The most important of those are the ear training programs. There's a variety of programs that can help you recognize intervals, harmonic progressions, chords, even train you to have a perfect pitch! An ear training program usually doesn't costs much, and it provides you with a whole lot of practical skills.
Finally, there are the audio mastering programs, that specialize in fixing the final audio file that is produced, or recorded, just before it gets in production. Those programs usually interfere with equalizing, repressing the frequencies of audio that are not needed, frequently adding some echo or delay, and enhancing the volume of the audio.
These are more or less the most prominent categories of the music software industry. Now you can research these programs, get on the internet, and find out which one you need, and which one suits you the most. Good luck!