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Go wireless with the Xkey Air MIDI keyboard: a review

by Philip Rothman on July 19, 2016 · 6 comments

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CME delivers on its promise to make a version of its Xkey that connects to your computer or tablet wirelessly. Hands-on with the Xkey Air 37, the latest addition to CME’s MIDI keyboard lineup that connects via Bluetooth.

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Wolfgang, a font created by Musegraph and derived from the classic SCORE music engraving program, is now available for use in Sibelius.

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Avid drops Sibelius 1-year upgrade price to $199

by Philip Rothman on July 12, 2016 · 7 comments

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Avid has once again lowered the price of an upgrade for users of Sibelius 7.5 or earlier who have missed the one-year window to upgrade, this time to $199 for one year of support and upgrades, or $299 for three years of support and upgrades.

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Today Avid announced that the deadline to upgrade to Sibelius 8 from Sibelius 7.5 or earlier at an introductory price is being extended by one week to July 6, 2016.

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Released today, Sibelius 8.4 includes the option of using more custom staff sizes in a Sibelius document. MusicXML import and export of the feature is supported. The Scorch iPad app has also been updated in tandem with the Sibelius 8.4 release.

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A take on the week’s news in music notation and technology, from Sibelius upgrade plans to new Finale features, Logic Pro X updates, and a dual-screen e-paper music reader that may be in our future.

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Avid eases upgrade pricing after June 30 deadline

by Philip Rothman on May 21, 2016 · 11 comments

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Avid announced a revised price of $299 for Sibelius customers using Sibelius 7.5 and earlier who wait until after June 30, 2016 to upgrade to the latest version of Sibelius.

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Steinberg announces Dorico; availability in Q4 2016

by Philip Rothman on May 17, 2016 · 51 comments

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Today Steinberg announced details about Dorico, the music scoring software more than three years in the making. This post covers the program’s release date, pricing, and details about its modes of working, and other initial impressions.

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Sibelius 8.3 is available. It introduces the ability to individually color notes, improves upon 8.2’s sliding feature by more intelligently grouping rests, and improves the independent enharmonic spelling feature introduced in 8.2.

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TGTools beta for Finale 2014.5 available

by Philip Rothman on April 26, 2016 · 0 comments

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Readers using Finale on Mac and the full version of the powerful TGTools plug-in bundle will be pleased to learn about an update that restores compatibility between TGTools and Finale 2014.5

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