Farewell to CDs

Power Music: No longer supplied on CD

cd-proSince the launch of Power Music many years ago (actually way back in 2007) Cambron have always offered users who purchase the software the option of download or buying it as a physical copy on CD.

As from  Friday 23rd September, we will no longer be supplying CD copies of Power Music Professional or Power Music Mac.

Of course, the important thing is not the CD but the Product Key which is used to register and activate Power Music.

There are several reasons why we are doing this:

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Music Austria 2016

Cambron Software at Music Austria with Tom Innovations

For the second time Cambron Software will be exhibiting at the huge Music Austria exhibition in Messe Ried in Upper Austria.  This 2-yearlymusicaustria event brings together musicians of all styles from all over Austria, southern Germany and other parts of Europe to see the latest instruments and music technology, attend concerts, as well as take part in competitions and of course drink beer, eat sausages and socialise!

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USB Button – For page turning and many other things!

Kevin new organLast week we got an interesting request from one of our long-time Power Music users.  Kevin Bowyer is a (world famous) organist who uses Power Music on a number of organs and turns the pages by tapping the touchscreen. He recently has got an impressive new 4 manual organ installed in his house.

His problem is that his arms are too short!!

The distance to the touchscreen is 35 inches so he was looking for an alternative page turner – obviously not a foot pedal as his feet are very busy on the organ pedals!

So after a bit of research we have found a company that produces a USB button which works perfectly with Power Music and hundreds of other apps.usbbutton-34 (1)

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update

What are the implications for Power Music Users?

win10At the start of August, Microsoft began to offer users what they are calling the “Windows 10 Anniversary Update”. The name comes from the fact the Windows 10 was released on 29th July last year.

The Anniversary Update updates Windows 10 from version 1511 to 1607. This is the second major update for Windows 10 since its launch. The previous update to 1511, known as the “November Update” was like a reinstall of Windows 10 on your PC. The “Anniversary Update” is the same. It appears to basically install a new version of Windows 10 on your PC. The previous version is still available to roll-back to if you “don’t like” 1607.

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Scanning Music – Using a Doc Scanner and Hints & Tips.

This blog post deals with digitizing your library of paper music.

So you have made the decision to digitize all your music!

  • It could be because you are tired of lugging around folders/binders of paper;
  • It could be that you need to find a piece of music quickly and searching through the folders/binders is too slow;
  • It could be that at the end of each concert or gig you are faced with the task of putting all the music back in the correct place in the folders/binders;
  • It could be that you are fed up trying to keep a music books open at the right page;
  • It could be you are having to use rubber bands, bulldog clips and magnets to hold your music on the stand;
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  • It could be that your eyesight is not what it used to be and reading paper music is becoming a bit of a strain.

Whatever your reason you are faced with quite a task. You need to digitize your music. Let’s say you have chosen Power Music Professional as your music management system. So how should you go about this task? Assuming you don’t have electronic copies of the music already in the form of PDF files, then you are faced with scanning the paper music.

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Power Music Essentials – our free edition of Power Music for Windows

Today we are releasing the first major update to Power Music Essentials since its launch over two years ago.

essCambron’s free Power Music Essentials was released in March 2014. It has been incredibly successful with thousands of users being introduced to Power Music through this free edition. Essentials is not a “trial” version of Power Music it is a fully functional digital music display system for personal use. However, what Essentials doesn’t have is the incredible feature set of its “big brother” edition, Power Music Professional.

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The big question a band needs to ask before deciding to “Go Digital”

It was interesting to see that the band in “The Voice” – BBC’s talent show – now use digital music display when performing live.front page book

Like “The Voice” band,  increasing number of bands, groups and ensembles with 2 – 10 musicians and singers are looking at ways of moving from paper based music to digital music display.  Many of the enquiries we get here at Cambron are from church worship bands, but “Going Digital” is something all bands that play from paper music are considering. We have had enquiries from cruise ship bands, wedding bands, backing bands, cabaret bands, tribute groups as well as classical string quartets and wind ensembles to name but a few.

This article is designed to help you decide on the best setup for your band or group to make the move from paper to digital.

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Laurent Calomne

This month we are delighted to feature Laurent Calomne from Sombreffe, Belgium. A classically trained musician who now plays percussion and clarinet in a variety of bands. Laurent bought a MusicOne CV from our reseller SightRead and it has revolutionised how he displays his music when performing.

Laurent uses the 24 inch touchscreen MusicOne system running Power Music Professional when performing.

He is in a number of bands playing rock, blues, reggae and disco. He also teaches music theory, drums, percussion, clarinet, saxophone and CAM (Computer Aided Music).

His band websites: Just Swing and Zapmusic

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Original Kösslbachtaler

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It is with great pleasure we introduce to you Hannes Stadler and his Austrian band Original Kösslbachtaler. We just love Austria so we are delighted to feature Johannes Stadler (or to give him his stage name “Hannes”) as our “Musician of the Month”.

The Original Kösslbachtaler is an Austrian band who perform at wedding receptions and tent festivals. Visit their website here Original Kösslbachtaler.

Kösslbachtaler first started using Power Music way back in 2013. Lois (AKA Alois Stadler), bought Power Music and started setting up a multi-screen band setup, first with three screens then eventually using six screens.

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