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    Garritan ARIA & Sounds in Songsmith by Microsoft Research


    Garritan Announces ARIA engine and Instrument Sounds used by Microsoft Research in Songsmith


    Garritan annonces that its ARIA engine and Instrument Sounds are being used by Microsoft Research in Songsmith, a new software application that intelligently provides accompaniment to solo voice or instruments, using signal processing and machine-learning techniques developed at Microsoft Research.

    Songsmith is a great tool for any musician who wants to compose and quickly experiment with melodies, arrangements and accompaniments. Just plug in your microphone, guitar, violin or any other solo instrument; press a button and make music. "Export-to-MIDI" allows you to grab your output from Songsmith and move it into your favorite pro audio sequencing environment, as a "sketch" to help you start working with a new song.

    Garritan has provided all the instrument sounds in Songsmith, nearly a gigabyte of samples. The audio engine powering Songsmith is the ARIA sample engine, customized by Plogue Technologies and optimized for Microsoft Songsmith. PG Music, makers of Band-in-a-Box, supplied the style engine used in Songsmith.

    There is a "Get More Instruments from Garritan" button in Songsmith where users can access a wide array of additional downloadable samples for purchase.

    "Songsmith represents the hard work of some enthusiastic musicians at Microsoft Research who love music technology and love working with music," said Dan Morris, one of the researchers at Microsoft Research who led the development of Songsmith. "We are incredibly pleased to have worked with Garritan and Plogue on this project, so that we could bring the Songsmith concept to life with the outstanding samples and audio rendering that Garritan is known for."

    "The whole idea behind Songsmith is congruent with our goal of making creative tools available to all musicians," said Gary Garritan. "We are excited that Microsoft Research has chosen Garritan and Plogue for their sounds. And it's been a win-win collaboration and Microsoft's rigorous feedback and resources have helped us to further innovate and enhance ARIA."

    Whether you're a musical novice looking to make a song to send to a friend, an aspiring songwriter looking for a quick back-up band, or an experienced musician looking for an innovative new "sketchpad" to spark new ideas, Songsmith with Garritan sounds will provide exciting and unique new creative possibilities.

    More information about Songsmith, including a free-trial download, is available at http://research.microsoft.com/songsmith. The full version of the product can be purchased at the online Microsoft Store for $29.95 in the U.S. and 29 Euro in the EU. Add on packs for Songsmith are available at www.garritan.com/Songsmith.

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    Re: Garritan ARIA & Sounds in Songsmith by Microsoft Research

    Congratulations Gary and all at Garritan and Plogue!

    Although we have had to wait a little longer than anticipated to get more 'goodies' I have to say I thoroughly approve of your marketing strategy per your earlier update along those lines.

    You've landed a big fish here and it bodes well for all of us in the long run!

    Jon

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    Re: Garritan ARIA & Sounds in Songsmith by Microsoft Research

    Well, im not sure it is a news that will gave more prestige to ARIA, even the graphics dont combine with the garritan site. (the fancy emoticons side with the authorized steinway...)


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    Re: Garritan ARIA & Sounds in Songsmith by Microsoft Research

    This sounds like a fun tool! That export to MIDI from live audio option really sounds enticing. I'm a Mac user, so I might have to reinstall my windows partition and give this a spin.

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    Re: Garritan ARIA & Sounds in Songsmith by Microsoft Research

    Microsoft will be demonstrating Songsmith at the Garritan bbooth at NAMM (#6820). For those going to NAMM, please stop by and give Songsmith a try. It will be a fun experience.

    ~Gary

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    Re: Garritan ARIA & Sounds in Songsmith by Microsoft Research

    Wow, that's a really cool partnership and it gives prestige to Garritan libraries and the ARIA player, congratulations Gary and team.

    I can't wait to see the NAMM announcements. I hope the GPO ARIA update and GOS 2 with ARIA will be released...

    NAMM being around the corner, we'll see soon.

    Viva ARIA !!!


    NDEE

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    Re: Garritan ARIA & Sounds in Songsmith by Microsoft Research

    So is this an MS attempt to copy off of Apple. Is this going to be like Garageband?

    I think you went to bed with the devil.

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    Re: Garritan ARIA & Sounds in Songsmith by Microsoft Research

    Quote Originally Posted by kitekrazy View Post
    So is this an MS attempt to copy off of Apple. Is this going to be like Garageband?
    This is very much different from GarageBand (some of our sounds are in Garageband BTW). If you can give Songsmith a try, you may really like it.

    Best,

    Gary Garritan



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    Re: Garritan ARIA & Sounds in Songsmith by Microsoft Research

    I still think you went to bed with the devil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitekrazy View Post
    I still think you went to bed with the devil.

    Yeah, true, since some of his sounds are in GarageBand!

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