A Review of Page Turners – Not the Human Variety

page-turnerThe art of being an efficient (human) page turner is a highly sought after skill for performing musicians, particularly those whose hands are occupied on a keyboard or keyboards. But not all musicians have a page turner.

I remember well the time a few years ago I attended a Christmas concert in the Kelvingrove Art Galleries in Glasgow, where Kevin Bowyer was manfully struggling with a large book of music on the piano, as he accompanied the choir singing carols. Watching the pages of the book slowly flipping over, as if in slow motion and then Kevin’s antics at getting back to the page he was wanting to play was most amusing. I have to say that today Kevin is now a total convert to electronic music display and no longer has this nightmare.

So if you are thinking of moving to electronic music display or are already a user, I thought a short review of the current crop of (non-human) page turners might be helpful.  I am only reviewing ones I have personal experience of and the opinions expressed in this blog are mine. These pedals all work really well with Power Music. If you have other experiences with page turners please feel free to post a comment on this post.

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A user’s perspective: Working in the background

Today’s guest blog comes from long-time user of Power Music Alun McCarthy. Alun leads worship at St Peter’s Shared Church in Guildford and has been previously featured in this blog as a featured musician. Here, Alun shares some tips and tricks he’s learned using Power Music:

As a musician and worship leader, what I’m doing is far more important than how I’m doing it. If a congregation is distracted by the machinery of the music group this can defeat the purpose of a service. I’ve found several ways of using technology and software (Power Music) that help me to achieve a flow of worship without being noticeable to a congregation.

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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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Testament – Go and Tell

Go and TellOne of our featured musicians, Mike Baldwin, is keen to share his songs with other Power Music users and we have made them available on Power Music Store as a FREE virtual songbook of all the chord charts from his latest album “Go and Tell”.
Get your free songbook here: Power Music Box – Go and Tell

The album is available on Amazon and iTunes.

You can read Mike’s full story in the blog post here: Mike Baldwin
This album features many powerful and thought-provoking lyrics and Mike sent us a very interesting detailed description which deserves a blog post of its own, so here it is!

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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;
    Or
  • 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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How to manage my Product Key

Two of our most frequently asked questions are:
1. I have bought another computer/reformatted my computer. How do I get Power Music and all my songs back?
2. I have tried to register my copy of Power Music and it says I have used up all my activations. What do I do?

Here I will try to answer these questions and in so doing provide answers to other related questions.
First an explanation of what product keys and activation codes are and how they are managed.

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David Baroni

Songwriter, musician, artist, producer, worship leader, author and speaker.

David 1David Baroni is a songwriter, musician, artist, producer, worship leader, author and speaker. He has been involved in Christian worship music for 34 years.
As a songwriter for Word Music, Integrity Music and his own ministry, Kingdomsongs Inc., David’s songs have been recorded and performed by Michael W. Smith, Don Moen, Ron Kenoly, Debby Boone, Alvin Slaughter, Selah, Natalie Grant, Morris Chapman, Sheila Walsh, Paul Wilbur, The Imperials, The Mighty Clouds of Joy and many others. His songs have also been featured in several hymnals.

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