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Noteflight Announces Premium Online Music Notation Service January 19, 2010

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Noteflight, LLC, a company dedicated to reinventing the way people create, share and use written music, announced the launch of Noteflight Crescendo, a premium online music notation service. The next generation of their acclaimed Noteflight platform, which enables individuals to write music online, Crescendo provides musicians with advanced features and improved sound quality while still offering an easy and fun means to create and share scores.

“By launching Crescendo we are now able to provide the music community with the best of both worlds–a more powerful online music notation platform for professionals, educators, students and music enthusiasts and a free model for the novice or occasional user,” said Joe Berkovitz, President and Founder of Noteflight.

Following the successful grassroots launch of their online music composition and score-writing platform in 2008, which resulted in tens of thousands of users in 130 different countries, Noteflight Crescendo delivers users a richer sonic experience and more advanced capabilities. An affordable, approachable alternative to desktop notation programs such as Sibelius and Finale, Crescendo takes online music notation to a new level while still maintaining affordability, ease-of-use and the excitement and interactivity of a social music platform.

Built on the same elegant and powerful interface, Noteflight Crescendo users gain access to a set of sophisticated features, including advanced collaboration and a higher quality orchestral sound library provided by virtual instrument manufacturer, SONiVOX (http://www.sonivox.com). Where the free version of Noteflight includes a basic set of instrument samples drawn from the public domain, the Crescendo instrumental palette offers over forty professionally recorded wavetable instruments from SONiVOX. These instruments provide an immersive new dimension to the Noteflight musical experience.

“Our partnership with Noteflight has enabled us, for the first time, to enter the exciting new arena of cloud computing services,” said Jennifer Hruska, Founder and President of SONiVOX. “We’re thrilled by the advent of products like Crescendo that bring the audio experience of SONiVOX instruments to the global online music community.”

Rock Out With The New T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition January 19, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Guitarists, Guitars, iPhone, mobile entertainment, Music, Uncategorized.
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T-Mobile USA, Inc. announces the upcoming launch of the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition, and a partnership with legendary musician and Fender guitarist Eric Clapton to help unveil the exclusive new phone.

As part of the myTouch 3G marketing campaign, which has featured a variety of iconic artists including comedians, musicians and sports figures, Clapton’s commercial will debut on national TV on January 20, supporting the availability of the device nationwide in select T-Mobile retail stores and online at http://www.t-mobilemytouch.com. In the ad, Clapton will showcase a personalized myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition.

The Fender Limited Edition puts a rock-and-roll spin on the original T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google, offering a fresh design and enhanced features to create a unique mobile music experience. The device will ship with preloaded Clapton classics including “Layla,” “My Father’s Eyes,” “Rock ‘N’ Roll Heart,” and “Wonderful Tonight,” and T-Mobile is a proud supporter of Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival.

Designed in partnership with Fender, the new limited edition myTouch has a Fender guitar sunburst-finish inspired design. The Fender Limited Edition comes equipped with an array of features for an enhanced music experience — a 16GB microSD card to house thousands of songs/videos, a 3.5mm headset jack for headphones and an enhanced music player. The music player, developed by HTC, offers an intuitive user interface that allows for toggling between different views or for changing a song or album by simply touching the album art. It also allows customers to create ringtones from songs that are playing.

“In a modern culture that forms an essential bond between music, mobile devices and one’s individual lifestyle, Fender is very proud to partner with T-Mobile on the exclusive new T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition,” said Mark Van Vleet, senior vice president of Business Affairs, Fender Musical Instruments. “This is an exciting and innovative way to connect people to their passion for great music wherever they go, and we are thrilled to share this news with our customers and fans.”

Content preloaded on the phone includes popular Android Market applications, Guitar: Solo and Musical Light. To accompany the preloaded Clapton tunes, the device also will ship with songs from Wyclef Jean, Avril Lavigne and Brad Paisley. New accessories allow further customization and usability, including additional Fender-branded shells, a Fender carrying case, screen protector, and Rock Dock, a docking station equipped with speakers.

“The myTouch 3G, which runs on Android, gives us an open, highly customizable platform to create truly unique experiences that go beyond what’s possible on proprietary platforms,” said Andrew Sherrard, vice president of product development, T-Mobile USA. “The new limited edition myTouch is a perfect example of this innovation and personalization, and we are excited to bring our customers this special limited edition, feature-rich, music-inspired device”.

With the myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition, T-Mobile is introducing a customized multimedia sync solution in partnership with Silicon Valley startup doubleTwist, allowing customers to easily take advantage of the phone’s advanced media features. doubleTwist is a free software application that enables users to easily manage and sync their music, videos and images from a Windows-based PC or Mac directly to their mobile device. doubleTwist automatically finds all of the music already on the computer and allows customers to import their iTunes playlists, providing full media management functionality.

An exclusive T-Mobile version of the software will be pre-loaded on the new limited edition so customers can simply connect their device to their computer for a seamless installation experience. The software offers a sleek, intuitive interface for syncing and managing music and other media. T-Mobile also will offer the customized version of the software to customers using other T-Mobile Android devices.

The new limited edition myTouch also offers the popular features and same great technology as the original T-Mobile myTouch, including a highly personalized experience, with home screen customization and more than 16,000 applications available from Android Market. The device also offers customers one-touch access to the Google mobile services that millions use every day including Google Search by voice, Google Maps with Street View, YouTube and Picasa. The Fender Limited Edition, which runs Android 1.6, is expected to be updated to Android 2.1 this spring.

Cakewalk® Announces New Mobile Studio Canvas January 19, 2010

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Anaheim, CA, Winter NAMM, Hall A, Booth 6700 (January 14, 2010) — Cakewalk, the world’s leading developer of powerful and easy to use products for music creation and recording, announces the new Mobile Studio Canvas.

The Mobile Studio Canvas for Mac, PC, and standalone performance is the first such product in the Cakewalk hardware family. Capable of producing over 1,000 sounds, the Mobile Studio Canvas includes the Roland SD-50 Sound Module, redesigned GM (General MIDI) 2, and Roland’s Solo Tones sounds. The unit’s USB memory drive can playback MP3, WAV, AIFF, and MIDI files without a computer. It is also a 2-in/2-out audio interface as well as a 1×1 MIDI interface, and ships with SONAR 8.5 LE recording software for use with a computer (for Windows only).

The Mobile Studio Canvas is ideal for a wide range of users, including musicians looking for a great, general purpose sound source, karaoke and bar DJs, hobbyists and non-musicians who need portable MP3 and SMF playback, and any musician who needs instrument accompaniment for live sets.

Main Features
• Compact, portable USB Bus powered Audio & MIDI solution, perfect for laptop and mobile use
• Up to 128 voice polyphony
• 1,125 total sounds, including GM2, GS and three of Roland’s hyper-realistic Solo Tones, including Shakuhachi, Violin, and Trombone, as well as 32 drum sets great for a variety of styles
• 2-in/2-out, 24-bit/44.1 kHz audio interface with XLR/¼” inputs/Phantom Power/Hi-Z input, 1 x 1 MIDI interface, and V-Link support
• Built-in hardware DSP FX for Reverb, Chorus, and Mastering
• USB port for quick playback of MP3/WAV/AIFF/SMF (MIDI) files from a USB memory drive
• Enhanced Transport Controls for file playback including the ability to change keys, tempos, A/B Loop, Repeat, Center Cancel (for Karaoke) and more
• Powered by AC adapter, USB bus power, or batteries (6 x AA)
• Compatible with Mac and Windows computers — Includes SONAR 8.5 LE recording software (Windows only)
• Play List editor for Mac and Windows

”The Mobile Studio Canvas represents a new high watermark in Cakewalk’s continued efforts to bring leading-edge, ‘functional’ hardware to our customers,” said Michael Hoover, Cakewalk’s executive vice president of products. “It’s a perfect fit for a wide variety of music producers and consumers alike.”

Availability
The Mobile Studio Canvas will be available at select music and sound retailers worldwide in late April, 2010. For more information on Cakewalk’s complete line of USB MIDI controllers and keyboard products, interfaces, studio hardware, and more, please visit http://www.cakewalk.com/hardware. Local prices may vary, please check with your local Cakewalk distributor, or your local retailer for more details.

For localized pricing and availability visit:
• Cakewalk (The Americas except Brazil and Canada)
• Roland Australia
• Roland Brazil
• Roland Canada
• Roland Central Europe (Belgium, France, Netherlands, and Luxembourg)
• Roland East Europe
• Roland Germany (Austria)
• Roland Switzerland
• Roland Iberia (Portugal, Spain)
• Roland Italy
• Roland Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Russia, and Iceland)
• Roland Music LLC (Russia)
• Roland UK
For a complete list of distributors worldwide visit: http://www.cakewalk.com/Dealers/International.asp.

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About Cakewalk, Inc.
Cakewalk, Inc. is the world’s leading developer of powerful, yet easy to use products for music creation and recording:
• Award-winning Digital Audio Workstations and Sequencers
• Integrated Music Hardware and Software Solutions
• Powered Stereo Monitors
• High-quality Digital Audio and MIDI Interfaces
• Innovative Virtual Instruments and Effects
• Entry-level Consumer Products

Millions of musicians around the world choose Cakewalk products to produce audio for the professional music, film, broadcast, and video game industries. These customers include Grammy® and Emmy®-winning producers, composers, sound designers and engineers. We invite you to learn more about our company and products by visiting http://www.cakewalk.com.

Cakewalk is a registered trademark and the Cakewalk logo and SONAR are trademarks of Cakewalk, Inc. Mobile Studio Canvas and Solo Tones are a trademark of Roland Corp. Other trademarks mentioned are held by their respective owners. All specifications and appearances are subject to change without notice.