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Experiencing Music Technology

Thomson/Schirmer

Experiencing Music Technology


by David B. Williams and Peter R. Webster
Internet support for the textbook and DVD companion published by
Thompson/Schirmer. Experiencing Music Technology is one of the leading
college textbooks for music technology courses.
ISBN 0-02-865324-6
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Working List of Software for Music Education Applications


This listing represents a sample of titles available with our best
information on discount or education pricing. We know that each of the
titles below has been used in educational and professional settings and
each is well regarded by musicians that use them. We have no financial
relationship with any of the companies or vendors mentioned here.
Check for current pricing, educational lab packs, and more details.
McCormick's (www.mccormicksnet.com),
MusicBarn.com (formerly AABACA) (www.musicbarn.com),
Lentine's (www.lentine.com), or
Academic Superstore (www.academicsuperstore.com)
SoundTree (www.soundtree.com)
Kelly's Music and Computers (kellysmusicandcomputers.com)

Use the vendor website link to determine the


latest versions and detailed system requirements.
The last column indicates the computer operating
system as of the latest version we have checked.
Because of the current differences between Mac
OS9 and OSX the OS designations are as follows:
Win = Windows Only
Hybrid = both Win and Mac in the same package
or CD-ROM
Mac9 = Macintosh up to System 9.x
MacX = Macintosh OS X only (no 9.x version)
Mac9+X = Mac 9 and OS X versions both
available
Prices are highly variable; shop around! The
column next to the right of the pricing
information indicates whether the software may
be purchased and downloaded ("D") from the
Internet. Online price might not be the lowest.

DIGITAL AUDIO MANAGEMENT AND EDITING


iTunes

Apple Computer

Free D

MacX/Win

Manages digital audio files on computer and supports external devices such as the iPod series.
Creates iMixes, playlists, podcasts, and audio CD burning. Links to Apple's Music Store.
Audacity

SourceForge

Free D Mac9+X/Win

Digital file editor with a selection of special effects. Allows layering separate tracks of audio.
Saves files in standard formats (mp3 requires added free resource). Open source software.
Peak LE, Peak Pro , Peak Pro XT

BIAS

$129-899

MacX

Series of digital audio editors. Supports plug-ins. CD burning. Serveral effects and file saving
options, depending on level of software package.

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Sound Forge Audio Studio, Sound Forge 8


Sony Media
$69-$299 D
Series of digital audio editors. Supports plug-ins. CD burning. Serveral effects and file saving
options, depending on level of software package.
EZ Media Creator 9 (Win), Toast Titanium 7
(Mac)

Roxio

Win

$79 D

Win, MacX

$99-$399 D

MacX

Create, master, and burn CD and DVD formats.

MULTITRACK: DIGITAL AUDIO


Deck LE, Deck Pro

BIAS

Records multiple tracks of digital audio. Also offers editing, processing, and mastering
capabilities.
Audition 2

Adobe

$250

Win

Records multiple tracks of digital audio. Advanced mastering and editing features. Supports
many plugin formats and surround sound.
ProTools

M-Audio or Digidesign

Free/$299

Mac9+X/Win

Industry standard multiple track digital audio software. ProTools is most often paired with
hardware purchases from either Digidesign or M-Audio. Software supports the integration of
MIDI files. Many options for routing of digitial audio recording and plugin options.

MULTITRACK: LOOPING
GarageBand

Apple Computer

Free/$59

MacX

Software that comes with several programs as part of the iLife series with Macintosh computer
purchase. Supports digital audio tracks and MIDI tracks, as well as looping capabilities.
(MIDI keyboard recommended)
ACID Xpress, ACID American Idol, ACID
Music Studio 6, or ACID Pro 6

Sony Media

free/$49/$375 D

Win

Family of looping software products with various capabilities. For some products, loops may
need to purchased separately.
Live 6

Abelton

$199

Mac9+X/Win

Pattern-based composition and performance environments based on MIDI and digital audio
sound loops. (MIDI keyboard recommended)

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MIDI/DIGITAL AUDIO SEQUENCING


SONAR Home Studio Version 4 XL, SONAR
Producer 6

Cakewalk

$80-$250 D

Win

MIDI and digital audio sequencers with loop-based composition tools. Has some MIDI and
digital audio effects processsing and plugins. Includes a General MIDI soft synth. (MIDI
keyboard recommended)
Logic Express/ Logic Pro

Apple Computer

$149-$399 D

MacX

Professional-level sequencer in two versions. A number of plugins are included. (MIDI


keyboard recommended)
Cubase SE3, SL3, SX3, Cubase Studio 4,
Cubase 4

Steinberg/Yamaha

$75-400 D

MacX/Win

Professional-level sequencer in multiple versions. A number of plugins are included. (MIDI


keyboard recommended)
PowerTracks Pro Audio

PG Music

$49 D

Win

Inexpensive sequencer that does digital audio and sequencing. (MIDI keyboard
recommended)
Raw Materials
Software/Mackie

Tracktion

$80 D

MacX/Win

Cross-platform, full-featured sequencer with simple one-window design for accessing all
features from mixer, tracks, plug-ins, audio editing. (MIDI keyboard recommended)
Digital Performer

Mark of the Unicorn

$400

MacX

Professional-level sequencer with digital audio. Many advanced features and, for many, an
industry standard. (MIDI keyboard recommended)

VIRTUAL SYNTHS, SAMPLERS, AND INSTRUMENTS


Reason, Teaching with Reason

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Propellerhead

$200-$330

Mac9+X/Win

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Virtual recording studio with simulated transport controls, mixers, samplers, sequencers,
granular-analog-digital-modeling synthesizers available as virtual devices for creating and
managing music creation and recording. Teaching with Reason is a more limited verson with
multiple installs (10) and includes lesson plans for teachin electronic music design.
Garritan Personal Orchestra

Garritan

$189

Hybrid

Set of virtual orchestral instruments. Support as a plugin resource for standard sequencers and
notation programs.

NOTATION and MUSIC SCANNING


NotePad, Allegro, Print Music, Finale 2007

MakeMusic!

Free-$249

Hybrid

Muisc notation programs that combine powerful printing with sequencing in real-time.
Printing is very elaborate, allowing user much freedom in placing graphics. Newest version
includes many digial sounds from the Garritan sound library. Offers an expandability
capability with plug-ins. PrintMusic! and Allegro are less expensive versions. Scanning
capabilities included (SmartScore Lite). NotePad (free) provides very limited capability.
(MIDI keyboard recommended)
SmartScore 5

Musitek

$75-$200

Hybrid

Scanning software that works for both Finale and Sibelius. Supports MusicXML. Various
levels of capability.
Sibelus Student Edition, Sibelius 4

Sibelius

$79-$249

Hybrid

Strong competitor to Finale as a notation package that is designed to offer high-end features
with ease of us. SCORCH plug-in for playing and viewing Sibelius files on the Web. Includes
some digital sounds. Strong scanning options (Photoscore Lite). Sibelius Student Edition is
limited to 8 staves. (MIDI keyboard recommended)
Photoscore Professional 4

Neuratron

$169

Hybrid

Scanning software that works for both Finale and Sibelius. Supports Music XML and NIFF
files.
NoteAbility Pro
Opus 1
Alternative notation program with features that match Finale and Sibelius.
MusicTime, Encore

Gvox

$225 D

MacX

$99-$299 D Mac9-X/Win

Classic notation titles still available. (MIDI keyboard recommended)

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COMPUTER-AIDED INSTRUCTION: Drill and Practice


Auralia 2 (Mac) 3 (Win)

Sibelius

$95-$119

Hybrid
w/Mac9

Basic aural skills with a nice interface and sound effects. Best for junior to senior high.
Musition 2

Sibelius

$99

Win

Compliments Auralia with more drill and practice exercises.


MiBAC Music Lessons I and II

MiBAC Software

$93-$123 D Mac9+X/Win

Interactive tutorial and drill programs for music theory and ear training fundamentals
(Lessons I) and chords and harmony skills (Lessons II) (MIDI keyboard recommended.)
Essentials of Music Theory (Volumes 1-3)

Alfred Publishing

$100-$200

Hybrid

Interactive series of lessons and exercises for music theory.

COMPUTER-AIDED INSTRUCTION: Flexible Practice


MacGAMUT 2003

MacGAMUT

$35

Hybrid
w/Mac9

Comprehensive aural skills program that covers intervals, scales, chords, and melodic
dictation. Recommended for college-level. (MIDI keyboard recommended)
Practica Musica 5

Ars Nova

$100 D

Hybrid
w/Mac9+X

Many drills and multi-levels. Excellent system for customizing dictation melodies. Alternative
tuning systems for computer sound offered. Good for junior high through college. Newest
edition features Internet server options and file export. (MIDI keyboard recommended.)
Hybrid
w/Mac9+X
Allows students and teachers to create bubble charts that show form of a composition. Charts
can be labled and act as hot spots for playback. Editor Pro allows Internet useage.

TimeSketch Editor, TimeSketch Editor Pro

ECS

$90-$400 D

COMPUTER-AIDED INSTRUCTION: Guided Instruction


MIDISaurus Series

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Town4Kids

$39-$130

Hybrid
w/Mac9

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Several volumes (12) of interactive CDs that each the fundaments of music to children ages
4-10. Guided instruction is used to help children solve simple tasks. The "Composers",
"Notation", "Instruments", and "Rhythm" (Volumes 9-12) are recommended. Sold as single
volumes or sets of four.
MusicAce I, II, Maestro

Harmonic Vision

$35-$89

Hybrid
w/Mac9+X

Guided instruction software for music fundamentals. Designed in units that progress from
simple to complex. Has a "Doodle Pad" for experimenting with composing. Maestro version
combines both I and II. Multiple user versions available.

COMPUTER-AIDED INSTRUCTION: Game-Based and Creative


Thinkin' Things I and II

Riverdeep/Edmark

Hybrid
w/Mac9

$30

Levels I and II each contain music modules that are entertaining for children, ages 4-10.
Drills pitch, rhythm and the ability to remember patterns. Basic-level sequencing skills.
Additional creative tasks as well.
Groovy Music: Groovy Shapes, Jungle, and
City

Sibelius

Hybrid
w/Mac X

$60

Combination of music training exercises and music loop sequencer design with visual
metaphor for young children. Groovy Shapes (5-7 years), Jungle ( 7-9 years), and City (9-11
years).
Super Duper Music Looper
Sony Media
$20
Looping software program for young children in the heritage of the ACID software series.
Software includes serveral loops.
Subotnick's Making Music, Making More
Music, Hearing Music, and Playing Music

Creatingmusic.com

$35@ D

Win

Hybrid
w/MacX

Makaing Music and Making More Music are free-form drawing program that allows children
to create polyphonic musical gestures and manipulate them freely. Stores compositions.
Hearing Music is a set of pattern-based games and Playing Music stresses experimentation
with music performance.
SmartMusic

MakeMusic!

$20-$90 D

Hybrid
w/Mac9+X

Intelligent accompaniment for vocalists and instrumentalists. Over 5,000 titles available.
Subscription basis: $90 single; $20 after 3 student subscriptions.
Singing Coach Unlimited

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Carry-a-Tune
Technologies

$90

Win

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Pitch tracking software that helps teach accurate singing using interactive graphic
representation. Software also includes tutiorals about singing.
Band-in-a-Box 2006 (Win), Band-in-a-Box
11/12 (Mac)

PG Music

$50

Mac9+X/Win

Music accompaniment program for improvisation. Computer creates an ensemble of


instruments that accompanies improvisation. Many music styles are available and user can
generate custom styles. Band-in-a-Box is the flagship program from PGMusic, but the
company also markets a collection of interactive CDs that feature different music styles such
as latin or jazz piano, jazz guitar and other offerings. (MIDI keyboard recommended)

COMPUTER-AIDED INSTRUCTION: Teacher Resource


Sibelius Starclass

Sibelius

$139

Hybrid

Collection of lesson plans tied to national standards. Additional resources for teachers.
Sibelius Instruments

Sibelius

$100

Hybrid

Interactive CD that features information on and digital audio for instruments and ensembles .
Also includes a 500-item quiz database on content.

MULTIMEDIA SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT


Dreamweaver 8

Macromedia

$99 D

MacX/Win

HTML editor and site manager for websites. Supports advanced web development features.
Often ships with the graphics utility Fireworks.
Flash 8

Macromedia

$99 D

MacX/Win

Creates interactive files, optimized for web. Supports sound and many graphics options.

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