ChrisJan Music Newsletter
by Glenn & Jan Christianson
Seems like these weeks keep rolling around quickly! We're well into March and keeping plenty busy. We thank the Lord for the continued doors that He opens for us. It's a lot of fun working with you on your different musical projects. "Variety is the spice of life!"
Best "Synth Sample" deal around!
Many of you use keyboard synths in your recording work. There are dozens of sound libraries out there that can cost thousands of dollars. Though none of them can completely replace a live orchestra, you can still get a lot of "bang for the buck" at a lot lower cost.
For years I've used the EastWest Goliath Library by SOUNDSONLINE. It works great as a standalone synth or as a plugin. (I use it with ProTools, and it's super user friendly.) If you were to buy it today, you could get it on sale for $299. Another spectacular library they have is the Hollywood Orchestra Library. Current sale price on that is $699. So there's a thousand bucks for just two sound libraries!
So where's the deal?
SoundsOnline has started a virtual instrument subscription service for $29.95 a month. (There are additional discounts for students & teachers.) It's called ComposerCloud. For one monthly fee, you can download as many libraries as you want...at no additional cost. (They have dozens of sound libraries. Over 40,000 instruments and over 3 million samples.) If you choose to quit the service, you can keep all the libraries you've downloaded. The first month I subscribed, I downloaded around 30 of their libraries. My guess is that the retail price on that was over $6,000. So if you use "synth sample sounds" in your work, give it a try!
More "FREE STUFF!" for you
Let me quickly tell you about the other FREE STUFF! we found this week. The "Piano Chord Chart" is a simple, 2-page chart that shows you the notes to every chord on the piano. It has little keyboards, then shows you the chord in red notes. It's a nice little reference source.
How to Read Music in 7 Easy Lessons is a 64-page book that gives a good overview for learning to read music. Sections included are Pitch, Pulse, Duration, Rhythm, Dynamics, Harmony, Directions, and a bonus lesson called "Adding the Magic."
Our new song this week is from our collection of OLD TEXTS & NEW TUNES. It's a new musical setting for "All Hail the Power of Jesus Name." It's written in standard four-part hymnbook style, and the download file has it in high voice and low voice.
I'm constantly searching for materials that can be helpful for you! If you have suggestions, feel free to shoot an email my way! I'll be glad to look for stuff to help you.
As always, thanks for your time and your interest in our work and ministry.
I hope you have a another great week!
President, ChrisJan Music
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