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An easy way to get the unique, hard-to-find keyboard sounds required by many musicals.

About

RMS Keyboards

Many musicals from the last 20 years or so have unique, signature sounds that are integral to the performance. The synthesizer sounds at the start of Les Misérables and Cats are a few examples. The problem is that these sounds are often very difficult to find. And even if there are ample resources to purchase or rent the correct equipment, that equipment may no longer be manufactured.

RMS Keyboards solves this problem! This unique resource is designed specifically to meet the needs of productions that want convenient, cost-effective access to these hard to find sounds. We have carefully assembled all sounds required for a given show. Everything is laid out in correct sequential order, so you can easily progress through each song in each keyboard book with professional, authentic, show-specific sounds. All you have to do is connect any standard keyboard (or multiple keyboards) to your laptop and you’ll be ready to perform. And we’ll help you every step of the way.

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Getting Started

To set up the program, you will, at minimum, need three basic things:

  1. Windows or Macintosh computer.

  2. MIDI keyboard.

  3. A way to connect the keyboard to your computer.

Of course, it's possible to add to this for a more sophisticated implementation. Click here for more detailed information and equipment recommendations.

For further details, the following articles might be useful:

Even if you don't have a keyboard at the ready, you can still download the demo and play around with the features of the program. You can use your computer keyboard and mouse to get an idea of how the program works. By clicking the on-screen keyboard, you can hear an assortment of sounds from the beginning of the show.

Minimum Tech Specs

To run RMS Keyboards, you'll need a Windows or Macintosh computer with at least 2GB of RAM, a dual core CPU, sound card and a minimum OS of Windows 7 or Macintosh OSX 10.11.

You will also need about 8GB of hard drive space to store the sounds required by the various shows.

Pricing

The price for RMS Keyboards is based on two factors:

  • The amount of programming involved in the given show.

  • The length of your run.

This guide is the minimum license price, reflecting performance runs up to two weeks (rehearsal time is included and unlimited). Longer runs are subject to an additional $50/performance week.

Once purchased, you can use the program on as many computers as there are keyboard parts in the show, plus one additional for backup. You also get an unlimited amount of rehearsal time, provided you have an executed performance license. See this FAQ for more information about duration of usage.

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9 To 5

Adams - Chamber Symphony

Adams - Gnarly Buttons

Adams - Son of Chamber Symphony

Adams - Wound-Dresser

Aida

Aida (Reduced Orchestration)

Altar Boyz

Anastasia (US Tour)

Annie

Annie Get Your Gun (Stone)

Avenue Q

Beauty and the Beast (Large Orch)

Beauty and the Beast (Small Orch)

Billy Elliot

Bonnie and Clyde

Bring It On

Carrie

Catch Me If You Can

Cats

Cats

Cats (Reduced Orchestration)

Children Of Eden

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

A Christmas Carol

Cinderella (1997 Enchanted)

Cinderella (2013 Broadway)

Cinderella (Tour)

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

The Drowsy Chaperone

Elf

Evita (Definitive 18 piece)

Evita (Definitive 9 piece)

Fame

Footloose

Freaky Friday

Hairspray

High School Musical

Holiday Inn

Hunchback of Notre Dame

In The Heights (Broadway)

In The Heights (Tour Orchestration)

Into The Woods

Jekyll and Hyde

Jesus Christ Superstar (RUG/TMC licensed 11 piece)

Jesus Christ Superstar (Symphonic)

Joseph...Dreamcoat (Original)

Joseph...Dreamcoat (UK-Mega Mix)

Kinky Boots

Legally Blonde

Les Miserables

Les Miserables (2015)

Les Miserables (School Edition 2016)

The Little Mermaid

Little Shop Of Horrors (Original)

Little Shop Of Horrors (Revival 2003)

Mamma Mia!

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins (Reduced Orchestration)

Matilda

Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon (School Edition)

Newsies

Next To Normal

Oliver (15 piece)

Oliver (21 piece)

Once On This Island

Once Upon A Mattress

Peter and the Starcatcher

The Phantom Of The Opera

Pippin (2013 Revival)

Pippin (Original)

The Producers


Ragtime (Version II)

Reich - City Life

Rent

Rent (School Edition)

School of Rock

Seussical

She Loves Me

Shrek

Sister Act (Alternate Broadway)

Sister Act (Standard Tour)

Smokey Joe's Cafe

Something Rotten

The Sound Of Music

South Pacific

Spamalot

Spring Awakening

Sunset Boulevard

Sweeney Todd (Alternate Orch)

Tarzan

Tommy

The Wedding Singer

West Side Story (Reduced Orchestration)

White Christmas

Wicked

Willy Wonka

Xanadu

Young Frankenstein

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