Monthly Archives: May 2010

New ear training software gets “musical” and goes “infinite”

Reel Space Irish Music School in Valencia, Spain releases Reel Ear, an ear training software that allows musicians 100% control and infinite melodies in an attractive call and response music dictation software.

(Valencia, Spain. May 17th, 2010). Playing music by ear is the most important skill that a musician can develop. Many musicians, however, get frustrated with ear training software because it sounds clunky and “unmusical”, has only a limited amount of melodies, and doesn’t do exactly what the musician wants.

Reel Ear, the new ear training program from the Reel Space Irish Music School in Valencia, Spain, solves those typical design problems. Designer Mattie O’Boyle says that “our concept of ‘infinite melodies based on a discrete set of user defined variables’ means that Reel Ear will generate thousands of possible melodies using just the most basic settings a beginning musician would want; add a few more variables to the mix and the number of possible melodies skyrockets into the billions – and all of it sounds really musical”

Musicians can tweak which notes or musical rests they want to work on, the length and speed of the phrases, and the number of times the phrases repeats before moving on to a new melody. They can also customize the metronome to have the musical dictation take place against almost any possible rhythmic background and activate the
ostinato module to add an harmonic element to their ear training workout.

Reel Ear is currently available for download from the Reel Ear website ( Reel Ear has a 30 day, fully functional trial period and an individual license to unlock the program forever costs $39.95.

Accredited music schools receive trade discounts based on the volume of their purchase. Currently, Reel Ear is only available for the Windows operating system.

To learn more about how Reel Ear can help you reach all your musical goals, please visit our website at

Posted in Education, Software

Toto Legend Bobby Kimball to Jet into i-Tab Launch Party

On Thursday May 20th at 9pm, the legendary Bobby Kimball of the iconic rock band TOTO jets into Mantra Garden Bar in Maynooth, Co Kildare, Ireland, to launch the new upgraded i-tab, which is now in music stores throughout the UK, Ireland, USA and Australia.

The official i-tab launch party will be a spectacular event attended by over 500 guests from the music industry, hosted by Tom Dunne & Dave Fanning.  The famous Bobby Kimball will perform with a super group of Irish session musicians including Anthony Drennan on Guitar and vocals, Tony Molloy on Bass, Conor McGouran on Guitar, Paul Lyttle and Gerry  Forde on Keyboards. There will be surprise celebrity guests playing with the band and the evening will also include demos of i-tab on various guitars plus an acoustic set by Jimmy Coup of Thin Lizzy songs.

TOTO have won 7 Grammy Awards, released 17 albums and sold over 30 million records to date. They are recognised for their technical skills and a musical style that combines elements of pop, rock, soul, funk, progressive rock, hard rock, R&B and jazz. Bobby sang on many of their most famous hits including Hold the Line, Rosanna, Africa and Stranger in Town. He has also sung with a range of bands including Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, Elton John, Rush, Alice Cooper, to name but a few.

i-tab are honored that Bobby Kimball tested the latest i-tab technology. When commenting on the i-tab he said: ” The i-tab is one of the most innovative products I have come across in my long career in music. It will radically transform the way musicians store and play their music. As well as helping i-tab in promoting the product I am also delighted to be getting involved with product development and opening new markets for this exciting young Irish company that has taken the musical world by storm in just a few short months. Its a success story that I am proud to be involved with and I was delighted to get the chance to come and perform in Ireland, one of the spiritual homes of music. This is going to be a great opening night for a great company with an amazing product!”

i-tab is a revolutionary new pocket sized unit, that sits on the end of a guitar, allowing guitar players of all levels to scroll chords and lyrics in perfect time. The newly shipped itab models include the latest upgrades: choice of screen background colours, choice of text colour (yellow, green or red) and the most recent new feature an audible click track playable through headphones.

The i-tab comes with 30 free song tabs including U2 (Beautiful Day), Oasis (Wonderwall) and The Rolling Stones (Jumping Jack Flash). These can be added to from the vast online Tab Store which features 1000’s of tracks you can download onto its 4GB memory. i-tab is now available at EU€149 at all good music stores.  See

Posted in Education, Guitar, Software, Tab

Manson’s Launch MBK-3 Guitar Pickups

Mansons Guitar Shop and UK custom pickup manufacturers, Bare Knuckle, have collaborated on a set of unique pickups aimed at the contemporary player that seeks tight tone, huge bass response and powerful output.

With more kick than the existing MBK-1 and MBK-2 pickup sets, as featured on the company’s custom guitars and used by artists such as Matthew Bellamy and Josh Homme, the new Manson MBK-3 pickup sets feature a tech spec to delight the player to whom the word ‘d-jent’ needs no further explanation.

Far more flexible than a metal sounding pickup, Manson’s have been busy experimenting with these custom pickups in several new guitars under wraps at their Devon based workshops. The specs have been refined to provide a hard hitting pickup that’s suited to hard rock, metal, punk, and other unruly sounds! Combining the power of three ceramic magnets in the bridge and an Isotropic Alnico V in the neck, these chrome custom etched pickups work in any humbucker equipped guitar.

The existing MBK-1 custom P-90 in a humbucker set continue to provide hot-rodded blues and rock tones with a punchy, clean, single coil vibe whilst the ever-popular MBK-2 set combine a further modified P-90 humbucker neck pickup with a fat, mid heavy, highly defined custom bridge humbucker utilising Alnico V magnets.

The new passive pickups are handmade in the UK by Bare Knuckle pickups using the finest materials either manufactured by them or locally sourced. The launch of the MBK-3’s comes after extensive consultation with Mansons and is the culmination of years of experience developing the best sounding pickups money can buy.

The MBK-3 pickup sets are available now from Mansons direct at and retail for £229 inc VAT.

Manson Custom Pickups – tone for all players.

ModernBeats Releases ‘Pop Rhythmz’ Drum Loops

Featuring over 330 sample-accurate acidized drum loops in construction-style format, ModernBeats delivers “Pop Rhythmz Drum Loops 1”. The drum loop library is organized into 2 popular Pop Top-40 Radio tempos: 125BPM and 130BPM. Each tempo group contains 10 multi-track drum loop themes with 3 variations per theme: “Main Drum Beat”, “Drum Break 1”, and “Drum Break 2”. Plus, all drum loops mix-match seamlessly, allowing users to combine and create thousands of original multi-track drum compositions.

Totaling over 300+ drum loops, ‘Pop Rhythmz 1’ comes packed with a large variety of hit-worthy Pop Radio drum production tracks and performances. All loops are modeled in the style of platinum Pop recording artists such as Lady GaGa, Black Eyed Peas, Jordin Sparks, Britney Spears, Madonna, Jesse McCartney, Kylie Minogue, and Katy Perry.

‘Pop Rhythmz 1’ Drum Loops Multi-Track Features:

  • Modern Analog Kicks, Booms, Snares, Claps, Percussion, FX!
  • Modern Sample Kicks, Booms, Snares, Claps, Percussion, FX!
  • Multi-track Conventional Percussion & Cymbal Programming!
  • Multi-track Vocal Percussion & Vocal FX Hi-Hat Programming!
  • Bonus Sound FX Layers, Synth and Noise Percussion Loops!
  • Both Live & Programmed Multi-Track Drum Beat Production!
  • Vintage Dynamics Processing for Added Warmth and Punch!
  • Many Drums Recorded via World-Class SSL4000G+ Console!
  • Construction-Style Format for 1,000’s of Beat Combinations!

Pop Rhythmz Drum Loops is offered as a download, priced at just $39.95. For more information plus audio demos, visit: