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Avid® (NASDAQ: AVID), today announced the  release of its first application for the Apple iPad mobile device—Avid  Scorch®, available on the App Store. Customers can now practice,  perform and purchase their favorite sheet music on the go with an application  that transforms an iPad into an interactive score library, music stand and sheet  music store. Powered by Avid’s market-leading Sibelius® music notation  software engine, Avid Scorch is the first sheet music app to offer a rich,  interactive experience that makes scores easy to learn and play. Scorch also  offers unparalleled access to the most popular sheet music through an in-app  store with more than 150,000 premium titles available from world-class  publishers.

Musicians, music teachers and students  will enjoy features in Scorch, including:

  • Interactive Learning and  Performance:  Musicians can easily learn songs or adapt them to their instrument by  transposing a score, changing instruments, or converting to and from guitar  tab—then give a great performance using Music Stand mode, which offers a full  display of the sheet music on the iPad. Users can also see the score played on  the Keyboard display, hear music played back and speed it up or slow it  down.
  • Portable, Expandable Music Collection: Using the app,  customers can purchase and download more than 150,000 scores available from Hal  Leonard and Music Sales. The Scorch app also eliminates the need to carry  folders full of paper and music books by making it easy to add Sibelius and  Sibelius First scores to the iPad.
  • Sleek Interface: It’s easy to manipulate and play  back scores with a simple touch-enabled interface. Music is easy to view,  regardless of size, through impressive display clarity and functionality,  including the ability to select from a variety of paper textures and font  choices. Users can also take advantage of Music Stand mode to devote the entire  display to the sheet music and turn pages quickly, allowing musicians to stay in  the moment.

“We’re certain our customers will be  excited to use Scorch, an innovative iPad application, to purchase, practice and  perform sheet music wherever they go,” said Tanguy Leborgne, Vice President,  Creative Enthusiasts Products and Solutions at Avid. “We’re focused on using our  industry-leading technology in exciting new ways so musicians, teachers,  students -- all creative people -- can achieve their artistic vision.”

What Users are  Saying:

"Having access to all of my Sibelius  files as well as being able to manipulate them on my iPad is simply fantastic.  Who needs a laptop when Scorch's great sound set and playback capabilities have  made my Sibelius library truly portable and useful on the go,” said Doug LeBow,  Producer, Composer, Arranger; Disney English

“I have found Scorch to be an  excellent companion to Sibelius. With Scorch, I no longer have to worry about  dragging out my laptop to view scores. I have even used Scorch while performing  live with various ensembles. Who needs to drag out a pile of paper? I turn on my  tablet and it’s all there—no digging required,” commented John Wales, Owner,  Spotlight Music Inc.

“It is invaluable to me to be able to  use Scorch to direct from the iPad in a club setting where there simply isn't  enough space to have a conductor's music stand with 11x 17 scores. If a musician  has a question about their part I can easily zoom into the Scorch file, find the  specific passage and get them back on track in no time. Thank you Avid for  making it possible to have my entire Sibelius score collection at my  fingertips,” said David O'Rourke, Jazz Guitarist, Arranger, Bandleader.

Pricing and Availability

The Avid Scorch app is available  worldwide today from the App Store for a limited-time introductory price of  $4.99. On July 31, 2011 the price will increase to $7.99. 

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