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Jeffrey Beecher is 32, and was born outside New York. The magnificent instrument he hauls on stage each week as principal double bassist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is approximately 10 times as old, and was born at the foot of the Italian Alps. At the time of its creation, most basses “looked like small houses,” Beecher says, but not this one. With its then-radically slim proportions, the instrument, built by the master luthier Giovanni Battista Rogeri, helped set the mould for the three centuries of basses that followed.
We don’t know who Rogeri sold it to, but we do know that by the 19th century it turned up in the possession of various European collectors before being sold for a time to Rodman Wanamaker, scion of the famed Philadelphia department-store family (he apparently staged special concerts to showcase his treasury of priceless instruments).
When Beecher learned the legendary instrument was up for sale in 2007, he flew down to Albuquerque, N.M., to snatch it up – something he was only able to accomplish after a well-connected TSO board member agreed to act as guarantor on what amounts to a very substantial bass mortgage (25-year amortization, variable rate; he’s about halfway done paying it off).
We should be adding music to school curriculum, not eliminating it.
As a 7-year-old pianist, I experienced the joy of learning Beethoven’s “Für Elise.” My eyes deciphered the notes on the page, my ears guided me to depress the right keys, and my fingers translated the symbols on the page with the right speed, rhythm and expression. The benefit in my mind was the pleasure of making music. What I didn’t know was that I was wiring my brain for classroom learning.
Yet in the years since music fed my young mind and laid the groundwork for further intellectual growth, the country has steadily moved away from music instruction. Too many schoolchildren are learning without this effective discipline. Instead, the noisy national debates bounce from one “fix” to the next, whether No Child Left Behind or Common Core. Left on the cutting-room floor are music lessons — yes, music — that new research shows is essential for brain development.
Playing a musical instrument develops an important neurocognitive skill known as executive function. Strong EF is critical for the brain to operate in school and in life. Focusing on a topic, memorizing information, inhibition, cognitive flexibility and paying attention to multiple ideas simultaneously are examples of it. It is at the heart of all learning.
Acquiring these skills starts in early childhood and is crucial for healthy brain development through early adulthood. In fact, recent studies from the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children’s Hospital indicate that EF is a strong predictor of academic achievement, even more than IQ.
Bass legend Billy Sheehan (Mr Big, Winery Dogs) will be appearing at Yamaha Music London for an EXCLUSIVE clinic performance on Friday March 6th @ 7:30pm.
The clinic will include playing tips, advice on being a working musician, and anything else you would like to ask this true bass innovator during a Q&A!
For more details contact YML on 02074324400
Yamaha are proud to announce that product specialist and synth guru Dom Sigalas will be hosting a special day of
demonstrations and advice on all things music production related on Saturday 28th February at Absolute Music Bournemouth.
A prominent and respected composer and in-demand music producer with credits including National Geographic, Dom will be on hand all day to answer your questions and inspire you with demonstrations and guidance on the MOXF, MOTIF & MX synths, CP Stage piano and the latest line-up of studio monitors. As an expert on Steinberg's Cubase, Dom will also be showing how this production software - bundled with many of these products - integrates beautifully with the hardware and is way more than just another freebie!
Any of you who remember the ubiquitous Yamaha NS10 passive studio monitor may on first glance be tempted to think the HS7 is a slightly modified version of the same but, apart from the obvious nod to the past in terms of cosmetics, this is a different beast entirely!
There is a lot of competition in the mid price active monitor market so Yamaha’s HS range need to doing something very right in order to stand out from the pack and in the HS7 I think they have pretty much succeeded.
There are three models in the range. The HS5, HS7 and HS8 plus the optional HS8s sub, although if your working in a small studio the sub is really not a necessity and would in fact probably hinder rather than help when trying to get your mix right. In any case the HS7 has more than enough low end for most situations covering as it does 43Hz to 30kHz.
Despite it’s name it actually does not have a 7 inch driver. It’s 6.5 inches but of course HS6.5 would not exactly have rolled off the tongue so “7” seems more fitting in this context. The tweeter is a 1” dome.
The HS7 cabinet is made from rigid MDF and the corners are jointed. It weighs 8.2kg and is reassuringly solid and gives the impression of something built to last. There is a black plastic foil covering which offsets the white cone of the driver nicely (HS range is also available in all white). All in all they are well made and very sharp looking.
Total power is 95W which is split 60W for the LF driver and 35W for the tweeter. Cross over point is at 2kHz.
The HS7 is rear ported so shouldn’t be set too near a wall as obscuring the ports will obviously muddy the base response. There are controls on the rear for room control and high trim which to some extent can offset the effects of placement and room response. The room control has settings for -2dB or -4dB below 500Hz and the high trim switch can adjust the high frequency response between 0dB, -2dB and +2dB.
There is a rear mounted volume control and connections for balanced XLR or balanced/unbalanced quarter inch jack.
Learn To Play Day is a national event organised by the Music for All charity to inspire new, or lapsed, musicians of all ages to take up playing an instrument.
This year KORG UK are inviting visitors along to enjoy a free introductory lesson on a whole range of instruments. Visitors can choose from Takamine guitar, KORG piano, MAPEX drums, KORG synths or JUPITER brass and woodwind.
This is the ideal opportunity to try out a new instrument or get back into playing.
Running at the stadiummk, home of Milton Keynes Dons, the event will coincide with the clubs famous Family Fun Day.
So all you have to do is turn up to the stadium for your free lesson. No entry fee and no booking required. Running on 21ST March from 12-3.
Now you can download the latest edition of the MUSIC PRODUCTION GUIDE.
The download size is about 3.5 MB.
Overview of the current edition:
• Yamaha Synth Book - A new "birthday gift"
• Hybrid Live Performances on the MOTIF XS/XF
• MOTIF XF / MOXF Performance Soundset „Hybrid Performer“ Set 2
• Mobile Music Sequencer Workshop part 3
• DTX-Multi 12 Workshop - Small drum kit for traveling
Yamaha introduces the AG03 and the AG06—hybrid mixing consoles and USB audio interfaces for webcasting, podcasting, gaming and music production. The AG Series offers high-resolution (24-bit/192kHz) audio recording and playback, iOS compatibility and battery operation.
A key feature of the AG Series is the intuitive ‘TO PC’ switch that allows users to select which inputs are routed back to a computer or iOS device. Selecting Dry CH 1-2 allows the computer or iOS to record inputs 1 and 2, while the INPUT MIX switch routes all inputs to the computer or iOS device via USB for standard music production applications. The LOOPBACK function in the TO PC section, which is perfect for podcasters, routes all inputs to the stereo USB output, along with the USB input from the computer.
This makes mixing mics and instruments with music beds, sound effects or the audio from computers and iOS devices a breeze.
Gamers are also able to adjust their sound in real-time with the included headset interface and hardware controls, removing the need to open a software control panel. The AG is the perfect tool for creating videos on sites like Twitch.tv.
Free ! 128 new sounds for Yamaha CP4 Stage Piano , performed and programmed by Bruno Zucchetti
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Having pioneered low-latency digital audio interfacing and processing on select Android Samsung Professional Audio devices with iRig HD-A, AmpliTube, iRig MIC HD-A and EZ Voice, IK Multimedia will present a breakthrough universal solution that provides near zero latency and real-time audio processing on a wide assortment of Android devices (running Android 4.0 or higher and compatible with USB host mode/OTG mode) at NAMM 2015.
Despite representing over 80% market share of mobile devices in circulation, Android smartphones and tablets have not established themselves as a reliable music creation platform. This is due to factors like the OS’s performance, which is not suitable for real-time processing, and the fragmentation of the platform across dozens of manufacturers and carriers.
Even with the addition of standard USB Audio I/O in the recent release of Android 5.0, the platform still lacks the ability to perform rock solid real time ultra low latency audio processing.
IK Multimedia has solved this problem with a paradigm shift of a universal solution that delivers astonishing near zero latency performance (down to 2 ms round-trip total latency) on every Android device running Android 4.0 or higher and that supports USB host mode/OTG mode independently from the device manufacturer.