Category Archives: Tab

i-tab v1.2, the world’s first portable guitar tab player

The revolutionary and patented i-tab scroll chords and lyrics in perfect time and the new firmware v1.2 version brings a host of improvements and comes in perfect time for Christmas!

The i-tab grabbed the headlines when it launched in spring 2010. It offered for the first time guitarists of all levels a pocket sized unit that sat on the end of a guitar which gave a prompt for song chords and lyrics and at the tempo of your choice.

The new v1.2 i-tab now plays custom multi-track MP3 backing tracks where you can remove any instruments or vocals as required in playback. The studio quality tracks offer the facility to tailor the playback and whether it’s the rhythm guitar, lead guitar, vocals or bass guitar you can choose what you want to hear.

The new units have an adjustable metronome volume with a choice of three sounds. The whole song book layout has been improved making it easier to see and featuring a larger clickable area. Further improvements include a new ‘Apply’ button where you can save your settings retaining all the information from the current session for the next time the unit is switched on.

The i-tab unit retains all the existing features including 5” touch screen, 4GB memory, in-built speaker and comes with headphones, stylus, USB connector, power charger along with a selection of song tabs. It includes TV out leads so you can play synchronized chords, lyrics and backing tracks through the player and the new v1.2 units allow control of the unit in TV out mode.

You can see demonstrations of the latest i-tab on the following YouTube clips:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdpVGem6S-Q

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhVPLCquJ3w

The i-tab v1.2 is available to purchase worldwide including X-music, www.amazon.com, and www.i-tab.com . The price for the unit remains £129 (EU€149, US$199).

For further information visit www.i-tab.com.

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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 www.i-tab.com 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 www.i-tab.com.

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RiffBook – Organization for Musical Ideas

Apparatus Company, Inc. announces the release of their new music software product for Macintosh called RiffBook. RiffBook is a computer “notebook” for music where riffs can be quickly recorded in the form of audio, video, music notation, tablature, and text notes.

RiffBook has come about because so many musicians have lost some of their best works because they couldn’t remember that neat riff that they’ve played the day before. Eventually musicians began taping their sessions, only to end up with a dubious pile of unlabeled tapes with little hope of finding anything again. With RiffBook, musicians can quickly record a piece of music using their computer’s built-in microphone or, with the Professional Edition, record a video with their computer’s iSight camera. With RiffBook, it is not about getting pristine, production-quality recordings; it’s about capturing the moment quickly without the hassles of equipment setup.

Transcriptions and tablature may be entered by dragging and dropping notes onto the staff. Text notes can be added to for just about any purpose such as describing performance notes or to include song lyrics. External document files from other programs may also be linked to a riff. When a file is linked with RiffBook, RiffBook makes an “Open” button that allows for quick opening of the file with the application that created it. This is great for linking files such as Logic Pro recording sessions where with one click, the document opens in Logic Pro. Using linked files in RiffBook, all of a musician’s work can be brought together and organized in one place.

RiffBook is great for storing and cataloging riffs that a musician really likes, but has no use for yet in a song. Over time, the riff library in RiffBook will grow so that later, during the songwriting process, RiffBook can be used to search for riffs that meet certain criteria such as chord progression or style. The riff library can also be browsed in order to generate song ideas. Riffs can be organized into song folders within RiffBook in order to group them and to designate them as being already used. This management of in-process work allows musicians to keep track of where they are in the songwriting process.

RiffBook is available in two editions: Standard and Professional. The Professional Edition adds the ability to record video riffs and provides a handy metronome feature. RiffBook Standard is priced at $49.99 while the Professional Edition is $79.99. A full-featured, 30-day demo is available for download at www.alienapparatus.com/RiffBook.html.

Alien Apparatus Company, Inc. has been providing show control systems and on-stage products to musicians since 2003. Alien Apparatus Company’s mission is to develop innovative solutions for live music performance, making shows more spectacular, easier, and more fun!

Alfred Releases Authentic TAB Book For People In Planes’ As Far As The Eye Can See…

Alfred is pleased to release the authentic guitar TAB version of the album-matching folio for People in Plane’s record, As Far As The Eye Can See…

Compared to bands like Radiohead and Muse, People In Planes is a five-piece rock group from Cardiff, Wales that has been receiving rave reviews from magazines like Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, Esquire Magazine and Guitar One. Their debut album As Far As The Eye Can See… was released in March 2006, and the band’s video for the hit single “If You Talk Too Much (My Head Will Explode),” was recently directed by actor Joaquin Phoenix. This book provides authentic guitar TAB for all the songs on the record.

Titles are: Barracuda * For Miles Around (Scratch to Void) * If You Talk Too Much (My Head Will Explode) * Moth * Rush * Token Trapped Woman * Falling by the Wayside * My Black Widow * Light for the Deadvine * Penny * Fire * Narcoleptic.

For more information, visit their web site at www.alfred.com.

Alfred TAB Book For People In Planes' As Far As The Eye Can See...

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eMedia Releases Guitar Pro 5.1 WIN/MAC Hybrid CD-ROM

eMedia Music Corp. announces the release of Arobas Music’s Guitar Pro 5.1 CD-ROM – the new Windows / Macintosh hybrid version of the best-selling multi-track tablature editor software for guitar, banjo and bass. Besides writing scores, Guitar Pro 5.1 is a complete tool for beginner and accomplished guitarists alike to improve, compose, or accompany themselves.

Guitar Pro 5.1 is a complete workshop for guitarists at an affordable price. New advanced notation features add drum notation, vocal notation and tablature support for any stringed instrument with four to seven strings. You can create complete scores for a band in minutes. Guitar Pro 5.1 is also a complete solution for creating lead sheets, scores, or lesson sheets for students.

Guitar Pro 5.1 features the newest in playback technology including RSE-Realistic Sound Engine. RSE gives you real time playback of your scores with realistic sound samples taken from high quality guitars and real time effects such as wah-wah. Improved ASCII import/export and the newly enhanced speed trainer are also part of Guitar Pro 5.1.

Guitar Pro 5.1 is available now at computer and music retail stores nationwide with an estimated retail price of $59.95. The hybrid CD-ROM is compatible with Windows 98 SE/2000/XP and Macintosh OSX 10.3 or higher.

For more information, visit their web site at www.emediamusic.com.

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Alfred Publishing Releases Authentic Guitar TAB Book For Neil Young’s Living With War

Alfred is pleased to present the album-matching folio for Neil Young’s latest CD, Living With War.

Written and recorded in three days, Living With War is Neil Young’s second album release in seven months. When announcing the release of the record, Young issued a statement on his website saying “…I think it is a metal version of Phil Ochs and Bob Dylan…Metal folk protest?”

This book provides authentic guitar TAB for all the songs on the record.

Titles are: After the Garden * Living with War * The Restless Consumer * Shock and Awe * Families * Flags of Freedom * Let’s Impeach the President * Lookin’ for a Leader * Roger and Out * America the Beautiful.

For more information, visit their web site at www.alfred.com.

Alfred Neil Young’s Living With War TAB

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Alfred Releases Album-Matching TAB Folio For Hoobastank’s Every Man For Himself

Alfred is pleased to release the authentic guitar TAB version of the album-matching folio for Hoobastank’s hit record, Every Man for Himself.

The latest release from pop-rock giants Hoobastank, Every Man for Himself has already reached the No. 12 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 chart (Billboard.com, 2006). This book provides authentic guitar TAB for all the songs on the record.

Titles are: The Rules * Born to Lead * Moving Forward * Inside of You * The First of Me * Good Enough * If I Were You * Without a Fight * Don’t Tell Me * Look Where We Are * Say the Same * If Only * More Than a Memory.

For more information, visit their web site at www.alfred.com.

Alfred Hoobastank’s Every Man For Himself TAB

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Alfred Presents Matching TAB Folio For The Dixie Chicks’ Taking The Long Way

Alfred is pleased to release the authentic guitar TAB version of the album-matching folio for the Dixie Chicks’ Taking The Long Way.

Produced by Rick Rubin, Taking The Long Way has already reached the No. 1 spot on both the Billboard Top 200 and Hot Country Albums charts (2006), and produced the hit singles “Not Ready To Make Nice,” “Lullaby” and “Everybody Knows.” This book provides authentic guitar TAB for all the songs on the record.

Titles are: The Long Way Around * Easy Silence * Not Ready to Make Nice * Everybody Knows * Bitter End * Lullaby * Lubbock or Leave It * Silent House * Favorite Year * Voice Inside My Head * I Like It * Baby Hold On * So Hard * I Hope.

For more information, visit their web site at www.alfred.com.

Alfred The Dixie Chicks’ Taking The Long Way TAB

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Alfred Releases Lacuna Coil: Karmacode Guitar Tablature Book

Alfred is pleased to release the album-matching folio for Lacuna Coil’s latest CD, Karmacode.

Italian gothic/metal band Lacuna Coil has steadily worked their way across Europe and the United States, sharing stages with Green Day, System Of A Down, and Incubus, as well as tours with Rob Zombie and Ozzfest. Their latest release, Karmacode, debuted at #28 and spent eight weeks on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The first single from the record, “Our Truth,” has already spent 16 weeks in the Top 50 at Active Rock Radio, 11 of which were in the Top 40.

This album-matching folio provides authentic guitar TAB for all the songs on the record. Titles are: Fragile * To the Edge * Our Truth * Within Me * Devoted * You Create * What I See * Fragments of Faith * Closer * In Visible Light * The Game * Without Fear * Enjoy the Silence.

For more information, visit their web site at www.alfred.com.

Alfred Lacuna Coil Karmacode Guitar Tablature Book

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Alfred Publishing Releases Neil Young: Prairie Wind Guitar TAB Edition

Alfred is pleased to release the album-matching folio for Neil Young’s latest release Prairie Wind.

Prairie Wind was written and recorded in 2005, while Neil Young was being treated for a potentially fatal brain aneurysm. He recorded eight of the songs prior to his surgery for the aneurysm, and two following his surgery, as he recovered. Prairie Wind has been described as a very personal record, stylistically similar to Neil Young’s classic records Harvest and Harvest Moon.

Titles are: Falling Off the Face of the Earth * Far from Home * He Was the King * Here for You * It’s a Dream * No Wonder * The Painter * Prairie Wind * This Old Guitar * When God Made Me.

For more information, visit their web site at www.alfred.com.

Alfred Publishing Neil Young: Prairie Wind Guitar TAB

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