Music Education and Technology

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SKULPT is a tiny, feature-packed synth for under $300

Ultraportable, inexpensive synthesizers are everywhere these days, including solid entries from Korg, Roland and IK Multimedia. Now, UK-based Modal Electronics (makers of high-end boutique synths) is looking to enter the category with a new under-$300 synth called SKULPT, which is set to go live on …

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The AudioKit Synth One is a pro-level iPad synth that’s completely free

No ads, no in-app payments<p>AudioKit Synth One, a free and open-source iPad synth, is now available for download in the Apple App Store, developer Matthew Fecher has announced. The Synth One, which Fecher describes as “the largest free and open-source iOS music project in history,” is a …

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How The Emerging Tech Of ‘Mixed Reality’ Is Making Music Education Accessible For Everyone

Do you know how to play any instruments? If not, what’s holding you back? Is it time? The cost of instruction? Do you find music theory too difficult? Or is music education severely underfunded in your area? As technology becomes more and more ingrained into our daily lives, the potential …

Augmented Reality

Steinberg Updates Cubasis To Version 2.5

Steinberg has released Cubasis 2.5, an update that adds user-requested features and enhancements.… Read More Steinberg Updates Cubasis To Version 2.5

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Cubasis 2.5 looks like a fan-pleasing update for the iPad DAW

<b>Steinberg’s Cubasis 2.5 update feels like ‘one for the fans’, adding a selection of features to</b> <b>Cubasis 2</b> <b>that are likely to appeal to existing users</b> …

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Facebook can predict a musician’s movement using only an audio clip

We're used to seeing the likes of Wii avatars crudely banging at pianos or sawing away at violins, but Facebook is now working on an application that uses music alone to govern the movements of an augmented reality avatar. In other words, input some music, and the avatar will move just like a human …

Augmented Reality

The Pedagogy of Digital Discussion

I wasn’t an overly confident student when it came to engaging in open conversations during class. If one of my teachers posed a question, I only …

5 Best iOS Music Apps for Guitar Players

I make no claims of being an amazing guitarist; I wouldn't even say I’m all that good. That said, I’ve enjoyed playing guitar for 20 years and I love it with all my heart. I find it to be both a creative outlet and a valuable form of relaxation and meditation. Back when I began my guitar playing …

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Fender's excellent desktop app for learning to play songs is now free

Fender’s $35 Riffstation desktop app, which helps you break down songs to learn its chords and riffs at your own pace, is now available for free on macOS and Windows.<p>Fire it up, open an MP3 or CD track, and Riffstation will break it down to show you the chords for the entire song. You can also slow …

Cubasis and GarageBand updates

This week we’ve seen updates of two major iOS DAWs: Cubasis and GarageBand.While Cubasis is taking on more pro-features – introducing support of AU …

Learn To Play Guitar With This Smart Frets-and-Strings Gadget

Learning how to play a musical instrument can be a massive undertaking, especially if you start as an adult. If you don't have a good teacher guiding …

Roli's Songmaker Kit bundles its best music gear into one package

Roli’s Blocks, a system of portable, modular MIDI controllers for expressive music creation, are some of the most clever gadgets I’ve tried in the past few years. Now the company is combining some of its best gear into one package called the Songmaker Kit, retailing for $649. The Kit has previously …

Musical instruments and apps that teach you how to play

An experienced human teacher is the best, but these gadgets can get you started.<p>Hearing music can make us dance, laugh, or cry; it has the power to excite us or give us goosebumps. Playing music, on the flipside, can make you smarter. Learning an instrument improves your brain’s executive …

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How free laptops in Madagascar offer kids information and tools for self-expression

Every child, no matter what country they're from or their social background, should have the chance to use and learn about technology. That's the …

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AI could be the future maestro of music education

Music is a universal language that can bring people together from all over the world. As emerging technologies help us communicate better, artificial intelligence is beginning to overtake our hearts, minds, and even ears.<p>AI is opening up a world that users can automate, personalize, and learn from. …

Google launched a simple browser-based sequencer for making music

Meet Song Maker<p>Chrome Music Lab has launched a new music creation tool called Song Maker. A browser-based experience, Song Maker is a sequencer that allows you to program loops for two different instruments of your choosing, then save it or send to someone else for collaboration.<p>Google Creative Lab …

Apple Music Student Memberships now in 110 countries outside the US

After launching discounted Apple Music membership rates for United States students back in 2016, Apple is now rolling it out to 110 markets outside …

Student 3D prints extraordinary 6-string electric violin

Musician Sean Riley from the University of Texas at Austin designed and 3D printed a special 6-string electric violin to play a unique …

Mind Music Labs wants to make every instrument ‘smart’

“What we’re working on is not just the performance. What we believe is that the next revolution is to have every instrument smart and …

How AR and VR Prepare Students for Jobs of the Future (and Save Districts Money)

Imagine a high school student in your district. Her class is learning about muscles, but instead of watching a video or reading about it in a book, …

Beatmaker 3 for iOS is FREE for a limited time

BeatMaker 3<p>▸ REDEFINING MUSIC PRODUCTION<p>BeatMaker brings unmatched efficiency and depth in an intuitive audio and MIDI workstation.<br>Look no further, …

Neuroscience News wrote a new post, Miles Davis is Not Mozart: Brains of Jazz and Classical Pianists Work Differently, on the site Neuroscience News

Summary: Different processes occur in the brains of jazz and classical pianists while playing the same piece of music, researchers report.Source: Max …

You can assemble this paper booklet to create electronic music toys

An interactive booklet called Papier Machine is making beautiful STEM toys that are actually fun and accessible, by combining paper with electronic circuitry. The booklet contains pages silkscreened with conductive silver ink that can be assembled to create six electronic paper toys. It also comes …

This wireless MIDI ring allows you to perform musical effects with hand gestures

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Schools music boost urged as Britons fail to make Menuhin violin finals

Lack of government funding blamed as UK fails to make shortlist<p>The failure of budding British violinists to qualify for one of the world’s most prestigious music competitions has led to calls for a music revolution in schools.<p>The Menuhin Competition, founded by Yehudi Menuhin in 1983, is known as …

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Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music production this week

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS and Mac music production. This week, Audio Damage releases the new and improved Filterstation2 plug-in for Mac and soon for iOS, we …

AI Has Been Creating Music and the Results Are...Weird

Cutting-edge AI is gradually permeating every aspect of human life and culture—even the arts.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn …

Smartphones aren't a smart choice in middle school

<b>(CNN) —</b> Not too long ago, one of my daughter's middle-school teachers told me that my daughter was spending a lot of time on her phone during class. As a mother, this was concerning. But I was not surprised. I am a physician and filmmaker who dedicated my time to make the documentary "Screenagers: …

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Logic Pros: Best Black Friday deals for Mac/iOS musicians & producers

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p>We have a number of notable Black Friday 2017 deals from AKAI, Native Instruments, IK Multimedia, MOOG, loads of plug-in makers …