MET Podcast News

As Chris posted on his site –

“We have some good news about the ME&T Podcast…we have already overwhelmed the free hosting features of Podomatic.  As a result, we’re looking for a service that can handle the storage and bandwidth of our podcast.

The answer is SoundCloud Pro Unlimited, which is $135 a year (this represents a discount over monthly billing).  We will be moving all of our existing material to SoundCloud and adding new episodes there in the future.  If you are following on iTunes, hopefully the feed will update with the new RSS feed.

Paul and I are wondering if there is a music education company out there that would be willing to sponsor the hosting fees for SoundCloud Pro for the podcast.  In exchange, we would be happy to read an advertisement for a YEAR for that company during the “break” that we have built into our podcasts.  Please send us an e-mail if you are a company that would be willing to sponsor our Podcast!


Have you missed the Podcast?”

We are almost ready to share our 3rd MET Podcast Episode with you – This time we have a wonderful interview with another great music company that focuses on music education!

Here are the Soundcloud links –


Cubasis has been updated!

Cubasis LogoWell now I know why Cubasis went on sale yesterday!

What a great morning!

Cubasis has been updated to 2.0! Along with that update comes a 50% off sale for a little while so if you haven’t invested in a recording app for your iPad then this is a great time to act! This is a great choice to record your rehearsals, performances, and auditions with. It is of course meant to do multi-track recordings like in a studio.


Some very nice improvements in this update – like the channel strip improvements! Here is the list from the app store…

What’s New in Version 2.0

• A Refreshed User Interface – Enjoy profound usability by straightforward workflows
• Real-time Time-Stretch – Tempo match audio loops to your song’s tempo in a snap
• Pitch shift with formant correction – Easily change keys of any tracks and tune them to perfection
• A studio-grade channel strip – Reach true sound perfection for all channels
• Spin FX – Tweak and mash-up your tracks with DJ-like breaks, stops and stutters
• MicroSonic TAPE instruments – Perfectly recreate trademark sounds from the ’60s era
• 76 new Micrologue presets – Lay down your tracks with cutting-edge modern synth sounds
• Factory loops tempo match – Enjoy the freedom to use included audio loops at any tempo
• MIDI Auto Quantize – Sync MIDI tracks with the beat while recording
• Ready for iOS 10 – Cubasis 2.0 is fully tested and proven iOS 10 compatible
• Maintenance and improvements – For the complete list of improvements, issues and solutions please visit

MET Podcast Episode 2 featuring PreSonus is out!

Chris and I have had a great time putting together this second episode of The Music Education and Technology Podcast. As a guest we had Micah Blouin from PreSonus as a guest. It was wonderful to talk to Micah and get information on the new updates that have taken Notion to version 6 and Studio One to version 3! We also talk about solutions that PreSonus have to make our jobs as music educators easier. 

In the first half of the Podcast we talk about a whole bunch of technology that pertains to music educators! So many things to discuss as these past couple of weeks have been very active!

Here is the iTunes link

Here is the PodOMatic link

Auria Pro is on 50%off sale!

There are a couple of main DAW apps for iPad that are just as full fledged as you could hope for. In fact, a couple of them exceed most people’s expectations! Auria Pro is one of those apps! Actually, when it was first announced people said the announcement was a fake because it sounds too good to be true. 

Well Auria has just kept on getting better. 

It is currently on a nice sale which puts this fully in the “buy now” category. 

Buy It Now! ( just make sure you read the system requirements because those are important to understand. )

ME&T Podcast – On iTunes Podcast

ME&T PodcastOur Music Education and Technology Podcast is now up on iTunes and in the podcast app!

As we get back into the swing of school if you have questions or ideas for Chris and I to cover in our soon to be recorded episode 2 email us at


BIG ANNOUNCEMENT – ME&T Podcast – The Place for Music Educators to Get Music Tech News

Today is a great day! Today is the day that Chris Russell and I announce our joint venture that will hopefully benefit anyone wanting to know the latest and greatest adventures of two music teachers trying to integrate technology into the music classroom!

Chris is a blogger over at
I blog here at

Chris is a Choir teacher in Minnesota
I am a Band teacher here in Michigan

We both enjoy finding ways to use technology in our daily jobs. Both of our goals is to find ways that technology allows us to do our jobs better, different, and easier. We also want to put technology into the students hands so that they can learn more, learn different and have a way better experience than what we did when we were going to school.

We became friends because of the fact that we both started blogging around the same time about the subject…. Technology integration in music education. In fact I was a bit jealous because when I did find his blog I thought the name of his blog was better than mine! I started writing a blog because I bought an iPad the day it first came out and wanted to share my journey of figuring out what that meant as a teacher. So therefore my blog name – iPad in Music Ed

So the big news is this – Chris invited me to help him produce a Podcast that allowed us to have discussions about what we both enjoy doing! Our goal is to interview app developers, give tips, talk about what we are currently working on and discuss the ways in which technology continues to amaze ourselves and other in the world of music education.

The name of the PodCast is ME&T Podcast which is short for Music Education & Technology Podcast.

For our first Podcast we discuss one of the biggest reasons that I actually purchased an iPad for in the first place – using it for sheet music. We had hoped to interview the developers of ForScore but that just did not work out like we had hoped but we spent a decent amount of time talking about ForScore along with the fact that Finale 25 has just been announced and the fact that Dorico is heavy into development.

We are not sure exactly where this Podcast journey will take us but we sure did have a great time chatting. Boy are we excited about what we do and we hope that those of you that are looking for answers or who enjoy the integration of music and technology, join us!

Developers – Music Companies –

  1. If you would like to be featured in a future PodCast email us at – Chris and I will both be checking that email.
  2. If you would like to sponsor a Podcast episode or more we are trying to figure out how to handle hosting costs and such for the Podcast so your sponsorship would be put to good use.

Teachers – Colleagues – Musicians –

  1. Have a question you want more info about?
  2. Want to know more about a certain app?
  3. Have something you’d like to see us discuss?

Email us at

Here is our first Podcast – Hope you enjoy it!

Notion 6 Update and Notion for iOS Sale!

Notion LargeFirst things first – Notion for iOS is almost 50% off currently which puts this in the category of – if you don’t have it then what are you waiting for!? Read more about the iOS version below. But Notion, alongside NotateMe makes for one of the killer capabilities in todays world of music technology!

So one of our wonderful desktop music notation programs received a nice update along with a version bump to version 6!

Notion, which is the only notation app available on desktop as well as iOS BOTH, is now at version 6. Notion costs $149.95 (Come on guys, really? Just price it at $150!) the upgrade will be $49 if you own Notion 3, 4, or 5.

As a music educator some parts of todays update may not at first glance seem of such critical importance but once you stop and really ponder the implications this will have for us going forward into the future you will have to think twice. A major factor in todays release is not just the Notion news but also in how Notion integrates with PreSonus’s DAW, StudioOne 3! These two apps now work hand in hand like never before! I know that many music educators never have even opened a DAW before but that may be about to change. There are so many of us that live in the world where music notation rules. We have also become very used to the fact that when working on musical scores it is difficult to get realistic playback of those music notation scores. It has been getting better and better through the years – I still remember only having 128 general MIDI sounds available so I KNOW how much better life is today!

So, here is the news….

First of all, straight from the PreSonus/Notion website I have this graphic that gives you a glimpse at the highlights of Notion’s updates….

Notion 6 updates.png

The first thing that jumps out at me it that PreSonus wants us to know that they listen to their users! They are indeed awesome at this!

The second thing that jumps out is that Notion now brings handwriting to desktops! This is awesome news for those of you using Windows tablets with pens (or whatever you guys call them) Notion’s music handwriting is powered by MyScript and is the same engine as what we have been enjoying on the iPad for awhile now! It’s AWESOME!

The third item that jumps out at me is the fact that Notion is now going to be able to handle page layout WAY better than the past. Good thing because page layout was one of my gripes about using Notion.

Then you have better sounds and more sounds, the ability to work with video faster and easier.

Fourth thing on that list is improved XML! Hugely important for anyone who uses more than one music notation app.

The last part of that graphic highlight is all about the unprecedented side-by-side workflow with StudioOne 3! This part is exciting!

and that’s it…. oh wait… one more item on that graphic – Notion now has a library of public domain files available to you. Of course I’m not clear as to whether or not those are free or paid. Could be useful?

If you want the full and entire list of new features/improvements then click here –

New Features/Improvements in Notion 6

Notion on iPAdThe reason I am a Notion user is in huge part due to the fact that Notion exists for iPad alongside that this is not a scaled down reader app for the desktop version. Notion for iOS is a full featured notation app! The iOS version does more than the desktop apps I have used for many, many year! The handwriting plugin alone makes it worth the entire cost!

Which I should mention Notion for iOS is currently on an almost 50% sale! Notion for iOS is only $7.99 currently. I have no idea why every single musician doesn’t have this app! This app alone makes it almost worth buying an iPad for by itself!

Notion 6 Updates

Keep checking back and I will continue to update
Real quick ….. here are things I picked up on from watching the webcast. 
Handwriting comes to the desktop!

Layout improvements – show layout handles allow you to drag things around for better layout. You can drag individual items around as well, like rests or dynamics.

You have multiple input options. Including layout mode now. 

Brand new Pipe Organ sound that has at least 5 different stops that automatically change during playback. 

New score library. 

MIDI over reWire.  So now if you live mostly in the notation realm and work better in that mode reWire now allows you to drive StudioOne 3.3 via Notion. 
StudioOne and Notion6 work together

You can record MIDI data inside of StudioOne and then send it over to Notion and print out music notation!

You can send this data between devices running on the same network! SWEET!

Pressing tab allows you to see the MIDI through sequencer overlay. 

There is a tool that is called randomize events – hmmmm.

Now if someone has a song they are recording in StudioOne they can send you the audio mix down! This arrives in Notion allowing y9u to quickly and easily add more parts to their recording via music notation. 

You can do the same thing in reverse. You can take a project y9u are working on in Notion, send it to StudioOne and all your parts that WERE in music notation arrives in StudioOne as audio files complete with all the mixer settings you had in Notion!

Both of those things can be done OVER THE network!

This type of integration between StudioOne and Notion really is amazing!
STUDIO ONE 3.3 Updates

Uncle Justin’s favorite Updates

One click buttons for all the plugins. 

Disable tracks allowing you to free up CPU useage and turns off every thing that is on that track also.

New Video integration – new video engine! Because windows is ending support for QuickTime PreSonus has decided to find a new way to continue finding new and innovative ways to continue supporting!

MultiTrack quantize and slicing! Auto fill is cool because it fills in those gaps that occur when slicing. 
Don’t forget that Notion, StudioOne both have educational pricing!  Contact their educational guy for more info!