While composing in a notation program like Finale or Sibelius is a quick way to get your music in front of players, there are a number of scenarios when it is necessary to use Virtual Drumline within a sequencer such as Logic, Cubase, or Digital Performer. Some of these situations might include:Continue reading
Over the years, our onscreen tutorial Virtual Drumline Demystified has helped countless VDL users on the road to mastering it within Finale and Sibelius. Another thing that has occurred over the years is that software has continued to evolve, making the onscreen examples in VDL Demystified appear a bit dated. VDL expert, and founder of Visaudio Designs, Bryan Harmsen, did a fantastic job in presenting these lessons in a friendly, progressive manner. Bryan is a good friend of ours and subjecting him to ongoing rounds of endless video shooting and editing to stay current with frequent OS and applications updates isn’t feasible.
As such, we’ve decided to take this product off the market and make it available for free. While the older versions of Sibelius, Finale, and Kontakt won’t look entirely current, the main theories will still apply. We’ve removed a couple lessons in which outdated methods of installing template files was no longer relevant and would create more confusion than assistance.Continue reading
IN THIS ISSUE: New Ensembles: Schnabel (Robert Sanderl), Three Scenes from the Desert (Alex Stopa), New Solos: Danny Boy (Traditional; arr. Brian Mueller), Impromptu No. 3 (Schubert; arr. August Pappas), Tristesse (Chopin; arr. Benjamin Holmes), New Books: The Golden Age of Ragtime (Ralph Hicks & Eric Rath), Sequential Studies-Level 1 (Julia Gaines), Nine Minute Drill (Hicks/Rath), VDL Tips: Impose Sketch onto Template, Zero-G (Roger Carter).
IN THIS ISSUE: Tapspace at 2018 TMEA, New Books: Nine Minute Drill (Ralph Hicks & Eric Rath), Sequential Studies for Four-Mallet Marimba – Level 1 (Julia Gaines), Scores for Festivals.
With festival season upon us, we’re very excited about the ‘study score’ options on our website. It makes securing extra copies of scores quick, easy, stress-free, and (most importantly) legal!
Some of you may be familiar with the Festival Score 3-PACKS we used a few years ago. Well, it’s been improved! Rather than receiving a watermarked score that expires after your festival, we now offer the option to purchase two or three individual scores*, each at a significantly reduced price. You can use them for any number of reasons such as festivals, personal study, or rehearsals, and they can be used indefinitely.
Search for your desired ensemble. Once you’ve navigated to the page of the product you wish to purchase, simply select how many scores you’d like from the Package Selection drop-down menu. If you only wish to purchase 2 or 3 copies of the score you do not have to change the Quantity, just keep it at 1. This will ensure you don’t get double or triple the amount of scores you require.
Once you’ve selected how many scores you’d like to purchase, add it to your cart and check out. It’s that simple! Once we’ve processed your order, we will ship them to you. No paperwork, no photocopying, and no need to destroy your festival scores!
It’s our sincerest hope that you find this process intuitive, easy, and a RELIEF. Best of luck at your festivals!
*Study scores are only available for ensembles (individual parts not included), and not for duets, solos, or book products.
IN THIS ISSUE: Escape Rooms, Tapspace at 2017 MWC, New Releases: A Second Look (Thomas R. Marceau), Melody in Repose (Michael Charles Smith), Deleclusiastics (Scott Fairdosi), Animal Cracker Rag (Brian Slawson), Beyond the Clouds (Jim Casella), Jalopy (John Herndon), Holiday Gift and Concert Ideas, Tapspace Mixtape 17.12.
IN THIS ISSUE: Tapspace at 2017 PASIC, New Releases: Chemical Songs (Chad Heiny), Faded Lines (Andrea Venet), Windows of the Maloca (Jim Casella), Boom Bap (Nick Werth), Duende (Francisco Perez), Orchestrations of the Underground (Toby Fox; arr. by Kirk J. Gay), Holiday Gift and Concert Ideas.
It’s official: the holiday season is upon us! Give the special percussionist in your life something they really want by consulting our list of holiday gift ideas.
And if you’re still looking for some rum-pa-pum-pum for your upcoming concert, here are some holiday-esque ensembles that come together in a flash!
IN THIS ISSUE: New Releases: Christmas Time is Here (Guaraldi; arr. by Primatic), Motor On (Matthew Weyer), Grapes Grandma (Michael Charles Smith), Shh… (Benjamin Fraley), Kibo (Andrea Venet), Truth or Consequence (Jim Casella), Panthera Pardus (Chad Heiny), Five on Five (Stephen Primatic), When You Hear the Drum (Brian Slawson), Trinidad Tidings (John Willmarth)