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Institute launches new Masters Course For Guitar, Bass, Vocals and Drums

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance has announced the launch of a new Masters Degree (MMus) for students of guitar, bass, drums or vocals. The course is designed to enable contemporary musicians who have excelled at undergraduate level (or who are demonstrably of this standard) to fully explore and develop their own unique, expressive and creative voices.

The Institute Masters has been designed and built using the same wealth of experience that over twenty-five years has ensured the Institute has been consistently recognised as one of the world’s leading providers of contemporary music education. Students will have the opportunity for both individual lessons and project-based study with a wide range of internationally acclaimed musicians, academics, educators and practitioners. And the course will be delivered at the Institute’s specialist facilities in London, UK.

Successful completion of the Institute Masters degree will position graduates for high level employment and/or progression to national/international PhD or DMA programmes. However, there are a limited number of places available annually and demand for entrance to this course is expected to be high.

Dr Gareth Dylan Smith, Programme Leader on the Institute Masters course, had this to say:

‘We are delighted to be launching this new Masters course for the contemporary musician, which we believe will quickly become recognised as one of the leading courses in its field.

With a teaching faculty composed of such luminaries as Professor Richard Smith from the world-renowned Thornton School of Music, Audrey Riley, with twenty-five years of experience in the rock industry and Laurence Cottle, a world-renowned bassist, students on this course will have access to a unique range of knowledge, experience and talent.

And since it is delivered in London, at the heart of the global music industry, I believe that there is no better place to continue building a music career at the highest levels’

For further information on the Institute Masters degree course, including details on how to apply, contact:

Institute of Contemporary Music Performance Masters Degree

The Institute unveils eight Music Performance Scholarships worth over £33,000

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is delighted to announce, in conjunction with its leading partners, the launch of over £33,000 worth of scholarships for deserving students to study on the Institute’s renowned one-year Higher Diploma course. The scholarship categories are as follows:

GUITAR: Supported by Yamaha Guitar and Total Guitar Magazine

BASS: Supported by Musicman Bass and  Bass Guitar Magazine

DRUMS: Supported by Mapex/Paiste and Drummer Magazine

VOCALS: Supported by Shure

Each category includes one full scholarship (worth £5650 to the winner) and one partial scholarship (worth £2,800 each). The Higher Diploma is a specialist one-year full-time course, developed by the Institute to train and develop students of guitar, bass, drums and vocals for a career in the music industry. It was the first full-time course of its kind ever developed in the UK and achieving a place on the course continues to be an aspirational goal for young musicians. The Institute, widely recognised as one of Europe’s leading schools of modern music, counts on an unrivalled teaching and visiting faculty, many of whom regularly work and tour with some of the music industry’s greatest artists.

Previous Institute students can be found throughout today’s music industry, working with high profile artists such as Radiohead, The Vaccines, Jessie J, Kylie Minogue, Reef, The Script and Paolo Nutini. Previous scholarship winners can be seen performing with successful artists across the world including Estelle, N-Dubz and Lauren Hill.

Closing date for entries is 22nd February 2013 and there is always a great demand. The scholarships are open to anyone from the UK or internationally and the application form is available to download from www.icmp.co.uk/scholarships.

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10% off All Rockschool Titles At Musicroom From Nov 12th – Dec 24th

Rockschool, the leading accredited provider of rock and pop exams worldwide is spreading the Christmas cheer early this year with a HUGE 10% off ALL its current titles on Musicroom.com. That’s more than a gigantic 90 titles!

This jaw-dropping offer incorporates all of Rockschool’s Grade books and Companion guides. This includes the new 2012 Syllabus books for Guitar, Bass and Drums as well as the popular Hot Rock editions for Guitar and Drums. Whether you’re a guitarist, vocalist, or drummer you can grab yourself a deal this Christmas.

Included titles:

  • 2012-2018 Guitar, Bass & Drums Syllabus (Grades Debut – 8)
  • 2000-2006 Guitar, Bass & Drums Syllabus (Grades Debut – 8)
  • Hot Rock Guitar (Grades 1 – 3)
  • Hot Rock Drums (Grades 1 – 5)
  • Male & Female Vocals (Grades 1- 8)
  • Band Based Keys (Grades Debut – 5)
  • Piano (Grades Debut – 8)
  • 2000-2006 Companion Guides (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals & BBK)
  • Guitar the movie (Grades Debut – 3)
  • Search and Reflect – John Stevens     

Visit Musicroom.com to get shopping now!

10% off All Rockschool Titles

Institute launches new Masters Course for Guitar, Bass, Drums and Vocals

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance has announced the launch of a new Masters Degree (MMus) for students of guitar, bass, drums or vocals. The course is designed to enable contemporary musicians who have excelled at undergraduate level (or who are demonstrably of this standard) to fully explore and develop their own unique, expressive and creative voices.

The Institute Masters has been designed and built using the same wealth of experience that over twenty-five years has ensured the Institute has been consistently recognised as one of the world’s leading providers of contemporary music education. Students will have the opportunity for both individual lessons and project-based study with a wide range of internationally acclaimed musicians, academics, educators and practitioners. And the course will be delivered at the Institute’s specialist facilities in London, UK.

Successful completion of the Institute Masters degree will position graduates for high level employment and/or progression to national/international PhD or DMA programmes. However, there are a limited number of places available annually and demand for entrance to this course is expected to be high.

Dr Gareth Dylan Smith, Programme Leader on the Institute Masters course, had this to say:

‘We are delighted to be launching this new Masters course for the contemporary musician, which we believe will quickly become recognised as one of the leading courses in its field.

With a teaching faculty composed of such luminaries as Professor Richard Smith from the world-renowned Thornton School of Music, Audrey Riley, an outstanding cellist and string arranger with twenty-five years of experience in the rock industry and Laurence Cottle, a world-renowned bassist, students on this course will have access to a unique range of knowledge, experience and talent.

And since it is delivered in London, at the heart of the global music industry, I believe that there is no better place to continue building a music career at the highest levels’

For further information on the Institute Masters degree course, including details on how to apply, contact:

Institute Unveils 2012 Music Scholarships Worth Over £30,000

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is delighted to announce, in conjunction with its leading partners, the launch of over £30,000 worth of scholarships for deserving students to study on the Institute’s renowned one-year Higher Diploma course. The scholarship categories are as follows:

  • GUITAR: Supported by Yamaha Guitar and Total Guitar Magazine
  • BASS: Supported by Musicman Bass and  Bass Guitar Magazine
  • DRUMS: Supported by Mapex/Paiste and Drummer Magazine
  • VOCALS: Supported by Shure

Each category includes one full scholarship (worth over £5,000 to the winner) and one partial scholarship (worth £2,500 each). The Higher Diploma is a specialist one-year full-time course, developed by the Institute to train and develop students of guitar, bass, drums and vocals for a career in the music industry. It was the first full-time course of its kind ever developed in the UK and achieving a place on the course continues to be an aspirational goal for young musicians. The Institute, widely recognised as one of Europe’s leading schools of modern music, counts on an unrivalled teaching and visiting faculty, many of whom regularly work and tour with some of the music industry’s greatest artists.

Previous Institute students can be found throughout today’s music industry, working with high profile artists such as Radiohead, The Noisettes, Kylie Minogue, Eric Clapton and Paolo Nutini.  Previous scholarship winners can be seen performing with successful artists across the world including Estelle, N-Dubz and Lauren Hill.

Closing date for entries is 24th February 2012 and there is always a great demand. The scholarships are open to anyone from the UK or internationally and the application form is available to download from www.icmp.co.uk.

Carvin Announces UX1000 Wireless System

Carvin proudly announces the introduction of the UX1000 Wireless System. Featuring 960 user selectable channels with diversity UHF receivers, assignable groups, and the ability to choose either Carvin’s handheld microphone specifically designed for the UX1000, or a belt pack version for use with other accessories, the UX1000 represents the state-of-the-art in wireless diversity systems and delivers natural sound and the freedom of movement today’s performing artists demand.

The new UX1000 is available in two configurations: the UX1000-BP, which includes a body pack with an industry-standard 4-pin mini XLR connector that supports condenser microphones as well as Hi-Z (high impedance) instrument pickups plus the UX1000 receiver; and the UX1000-MC, which includes a handheld microphone specifically developed for use with the UX1000, plus the UX1000 receiver. With the UX1000-BP, performers have the freedom of ordering Carvin’s UXGT instrument cable, UX-HM2 headset mic, or UX-LP1 lavalier mic separately. Additional body packs are also available.

Carvin’s new UX1000 receiver is based on Diversity PLL Synthesized technology for robust performance and natural sound quality. The UX1000 is a true diversity receiver featuring two antennas that each feed independent RF receivers on the same channel. Further, the unit supports 960 user selectable channels—enabling performers to find a clear, open channel regardless of their physical location. To better facilitate channel management, the UX1000’s vast number of channels can be divided into four assignable groups. With a 50 HZ – 19 kHz frequency range and a signal-to-noise ratio of 101 dB, the UX1000 has the performance capabilities that enable the system to be used in the most challenging environments.

To simplify operation and keep users informed, the UX1000 provides a low battery indicator. Additionally, this exceptional unit has the ability to inform the FOH (front of house) or Monitor engineer whether or not the microphone is turned on. Together, these features make Carvin’s UX1000 a reliable performer that provides the necessary equipment status to ensure trouble-free, dependable operation.

The new Carvin UX1000 is sold factory direct at $399 for the UX1000-BP configuration and $429 for the UX1000-MC version. The UX1000 will be available Fall 2006.

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

UX1000-MC

UX1000-BP

Nady Introduces The HM-10 Mini Headworn Condenser Microphone

Nady Systems recently announced the introduction of a new addition to their Headmic Series—the HM-10 Mini Headworn Condenser Microphone.

The HM-10 joins Nady’s 2 other headmics, the HM-1 uni-directional dynamic microphone and the HM-3 omni-directional condenser microphone. Together, these 3 complementary headmics provide exceptional audio and overall performance for virtually all singing and speaking applications.

The HM-10 is a wide bandwidth, omni-directional electret condenser mic featuring clean, transparent audio and enhanced vocal pickup with improved gain before feedback. It has a durable thin-metal frame that can be easily molded to any user and features an ergonomic design for a comfortable fit with or without eyeglasses, hats, or headphones.

The HM-10 is available with a Mini-XLR or 3.5mm phone plug for wired and wireless use and fits most standard wireless bodypack transmitters. The unit requires low voltage phantom power as supplied by most wireless bodypack transmitters and is supplied with a 9~52V adaptor for wired applications. It’s available in black or beige.

The HM-10 is now shipping.

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

Nady HM-10 Mini Headworn Condenser Microphone

Samson Releases VR88 Limited Production Ribbon Microphone

Today, Samson unveiled the VR88, the first of a limited production of hand-crafted ribbon microphones.

The VR88 is a result of more than five years of engineering research and product development.

The VR88 features a fine, pure aluminum corrugated foil ribbon suspended within an intense Neodymium field producing a warm and natural response that is silky smooth from top to bottom. In addition, the VR88 is capable of handling high SPLs of up to 138 dB, making it an excellent choice for miking vocals, acoustic instruments and even guitar stacks.

The quality of the VR88 compares to the most highly regarded classic ribbon microphones found in top recording studios and comes in a durable, lightweight aluminum case with a yoke mount, spider shockmount and XLR cable.

For more information, visit their web site at www.samsontech.com/audio.

Samson VR88 Ribbon Microphone

Samson VR88 Ribbon Microphone

Samson Releases CL2 Pencil Condenser Microphone

Today, Samson unveiled the CL2 pencil condenser microphones aimed at the recording and live sound markets.

Available as a matched pair, Samson CL2s are true capacitor condenser mics that feature a high pass filter and a 10dB pad.

Providing maximum flexibility for a variety of applications was one of the main design goals. Each CL2 ships with a pair mic of elements that can easily be switched to alter the pickup pattern, either omni-directional or cardioid. The elements feature three micron, gold-sputtered diaphragms. The mics are designed to handle SPLs of 141 dB (cardioid) and 138 dB (omni).

The CL2 is ideal for recording or miking orchestral instruments, acoustic guitar, piano, overhead miking of drums and cymbals and of course, vocals.

Providing great value and usability, the CL2s come in a durable, lightweight aluminum case with a pair of mic clips, pop filters, windscreens, shockmounts and the cardioid and omni capsules.

For more information, visit their web site at www.samsontech.com/audio.

Samson CL2 Pencil Condenser Microphone

Samson CL2 Pencil Condenser Microphone

Samson CL2 Pencil Condenser Microphone

Vocomotion Releases The Thumper Throat Microphone

Vocomotion announced today the release of The Thumper TH70, the latest update in The Thumper series of throat microphones designed for vocal percussionists, beatboxers, and bass singers. Like previous Thumpers, this new model is designed to pickup throat sounds at the source, optimizing the bass response by filtering everything but the lowest, thumpiest frequencies using Vocomotion’s active filtering technology. The TH70 features a new water-proof collar assembly, new removable mic strap, and an extremely reduced retail price.

“I’ve known for a long time that the price of the Thumper mics was too high for the average vocal percussionist,” said Freddie Feldman, creator of The Thumper. “I’ve streamlined the manufacturing process and redesigned the collar completely, bringing the costs down significantly. Now performers at all levels will be able to enjoy the improved bass response that The Thumper offers.”

The Thumper website has been completely overhauled to herald the release of this new model. Built using Flash, the website provides a great way to get to know The Thumper throat microphone.The new Thumper TH70 throat microphone is available from Vocomotion with a retail price of $250 (USD).

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