New Garritan Sound Library Wins Industry Awards

MakeMusic, Inc. (NASDAQ: MMUS) today announced that MusicTech Magazine has awarded Garritan Instant Orchestra with both their Choice and Value Awards. Received by the industry with numerous high profile reviews, Instant Orchestra is a completely new type of orchestral software library that makes the creation of orchestral music quick and easy.

Industry publications have recognized how Instant Orchestra is changing the landscape of virtual sound libraries. Computer Music said, “Instant Orchestra is absurdly simple to use and sounds a lot more expensive than it is,” and Sound On Sound remarked: “Garritan has consistently demonstrated that he is on the side of the musician, and his latest library looks set to keep the musical community on board, on budget and creatively engaged.” Several reviewers have remarked that by facilitating the quick creation of orchestral music, Instant Orchestra is ideal for scoring video and games.

Part of Instant Orchestra’s secret lies in its wide variety of pre-configured instrument collections, which are organized by mood. These collections take the guesswork out of what combination of instruments should be used to create the desired atmosphere, whether the musician’s goal is intimate or massive, spooky or sublime, natural or other-worldly.

“With traditional orchestral software libraries, musicians create scores by writing music for each individual member of the orchestra, one instrument at a time,” said Gary Garritan, MakeMusic director of instrumental sciences. “Instant Orchestra empowers musicians to quickly create Hollywood-style orchestrations, in a wide variety of moods, by writing just a few staves of music.”

“Gary Garritan has done it again,” said Karen van Lith, MakeMusic CEO. “Just as Garritan Personal Orchestra revolutionized the sound of software instruments, Instant Orchestra reinvents the way orchestral music is created, by simplifying and streamlining the process. What’s more, by empowering more musicians to create orchestral music, Instant Orchestra expands the market for software instrument libraries.”

Many special orchestral effects and techniques are included with Instant Orchestra: glissandos, rips, clusters and harmonics. These “tricks of the trade” evoke emotions vital to the creation of music for film, television and video games.

Instant Orchestra is designed to be a perfect addition to music notation-based programs, like Finale, as well as to all sequencers and digital audio workstations. Instant Orchestra is equally at home in the studio of professional composers and arrangers who welcome the opportunity to quickly generate ideas and sketches, as it is in the hands of music students and hobbyists who will delight in creating their first music for orchestra.

Most importantly, the music produced with Instant Orchestra sounds spectacular, with the same authenticity musicians have come to expect from the makers of Garritan Personal Orchestra, the world’s most popular orchestral library. In fact, because Instant Orchestra is so unique in the way the orchestrations are created, it’s a perfect complement to Personal Orchestra and all other Garritan software instrument libraries.

Instant Orchestra is available as a download for $149.98. A boxed (DVD) version is also available for $169.95. Additional information, patch lists, audio sample files and much more can be found on the Instant Orchestra page at www.garritan.com.

About MakeMusic, Inc.MakeMusic ®, Inc. is a world leader in music technology whose mission is to develop and market solutions that transform how music is composed, taught, learned and performed. For more than 20 years, Finale ® has been the industry standard in music notation software, enabling composers, arrangers, musicians, teachers, students and publishers to create, edit, audition, print and publish musical scores. MakeMusic is also the creator of SmartMusic ® education software that is transforming the way students practice. With SmartMusic, students and teachers have access to thousands of band, orchestra and vocal pieces allowing students to practice with background accompaniment and get immediate feedback on their performance. SmartMusic allows teachers to individualize instruction and document the progress of every student. The SmartMusic® Inbox™, an Android™ and Apple ® mobile application, provides additional access for teachers to review, grade and comment on student assignments. MusicXML™ is an Internet-friendly way to publish musical scores, enabling musicians to distribute interactive sheet music online and to use sheet music files with a wide variety of musical applications. Garritan sound libraries provide musicians with state-of-the-art virtual instruments with the playback quality of a live performance. Additional information about this Minnesota company can be found at www.makemusic.com.

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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