Zenph Sound Innovations’ Home Concert Xtreme™ App Now Available for the iPad

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Powerful software gives musicians freedom and flexibility, and provides accompaniment as they practice or perform music

"I have repeatedly seen piano teachers’ jaws drop as they realize what Home Concert Xtreme is doing."

Zenph Sound Innovations today announced that its Home Concert Xtreme™ software—an intelligent, interactive environment for learning, practicing and performing music—is now available for the iPad via the iTunes App Store. The app will be offered at a special, introductory price of $9.99 through the end of July 2011, after which it will cost $39.99.

The Home Concert Xtreme app enables a musician to load a musical score (in the form of a Standard MIDI File) and play along on a MIDI keyboard. Home Concert Xtreme provides intelligent accompaniment that actually follows the soloist—slowing down, speeding up, growing softer or louder in a musically coordinated fashion, and even turning the pages automatically. The app can also be configured to set a consistent tempo, thus requiring the player to keep up with the accompaniment, or to wait for the musician to play the correct note before continuing.

Home Concert Xtreme is compatible with thousands of commercial and free MIDI files as well as with properly formatted, musician-made MIDI files. In particular, it is compatible with the MIDI files that are available for most popular piano teaching methods as well as dozens of piano concerto MIDI files and more.

"I have repeatedly seen piano teachers’ jaws drop as they realize what Home Concert Xtreme is doing. As one who has devoted his career to improving the musical experiences of children, I have never been more excited about the possibilities of a new technology than I am over Home Concert Xtreme. It borders on the miraculous. Home Concert Xtreme is easy to learn, inexpensive, flexible in the ways you can use it, and incredibly powerful and fun at the same time,” said Sam Holland, co-author of the Frances Clark Music Tree book series, an industry standard for music teachers.

“Home Concert Xtreme for iPad has one of the richest feature sets of any music software program in the iTunes store,” said George Litterst, Director of Software Product Management at Zenph. “We’ve heard again and again from delighted music teachers that Home Concert Xtreme on Macintosh and Windows computers is an effective teaching tool for students at all levels as both a practice and performance companion,” he added.

App Requirements
-Apple iPad or iPad 2 running iOS version 4.2 or later
-Properly formatted Type 0 or Type 1 Standard MIDI Files, meaning:

•organized to logical beats and barlines
•correct key signature(s) and time signature(s)
•left- and right-hand keyboard parts assigned to separate MIDI channels (Type 0 SMF) or assigned to separate tracks (Type 1 SMF)

-Compatible MIDI interface* for iPad, such as:

•iConnectMIDI - Ultra High Speed iOS Core MIDI-compliant interface from iConnectivity (http://www.iconnectmidi.com)
•Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (available through the Apple Store) used with a class-compliant USB MIDI interface or a class-compliant USB MIDI keyboard

  • MIDI interface and keyboard are not required for non-interactive MIDI playback.

Home Concert Xtreme is part of a growing family of Zenph software, including:

    Classroom Maestro™—an intelligent and interactive electronic blackboard that instantly displays musical concepts with an on-screen staff and keyboard.

    Internet MIDI™—a software program that connects MIDI instruments together over the Internet for real-time music instruction and performance. Internet MIDI was a featured technology at the 2010 Intel Visionary Conference.

    RePerform — the world's first high-resolution re-performance editor. RePerform enables you to edit MIDI files in XP (eXtended Precision) format for Yamaha Disklavier Pro and Disklavier pianos.

About Zenph Sound Innovations, Inc.
Zenph® Sound Innovations is a music technology company based in Durham, North Carolina. The company creates proprietary software and algorithms that transform recorded music into data describing precisely how musicians perform. From this data, musical performances become immersive and interactive: recordings can be “re-performed” with astonishing fidelity, and contemporary artists and consumers gain access to an entirely new set of creative possibilities through Zenph software. By understanding the nuances of an individual musical style as a digital “signature,” Zenph’s technology enables the re-imagining of the entire music industry. The company’s work was named one of the “Best Ideas of the Year” by The New York Times Magazine and has received multiple GRAMMY® nominations. The editor of Stereophile magazine described Zenph’s Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff album as “one of the finest piano recordings ever made.” For more information, visit http://www.zenph.com.

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