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.
To set up the program, you will, at minimum, need three basic things:
Windows or Macintosh computer.
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.
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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.
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 (Reduced Orchestration)
Anastasia (US Tour)
Annie Get Your Gun (Stone)
Beauty and the Beast (Large Orch)
Beauty and the Beast (Small Orch)
Bonnie and Clyde
Bring It On
Catch Me If You Can
Cats (Reduced Orchestration)
Children Of Eden
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
A Christmas Carol
Cinderella (1997 Enchanted)
Cinderella (2013 Broadway)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
The Drowsy Chaperone
Evita (Definitive 18 piece)
Evita (Definitive 9 piece)
High School Musical
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 (UK-Mega Mix)
Les Miserables (2015)
Les Miserables (School Edition 2016)
The Little Mermaid
Little Shop Of Horrors (Original)
Little Shop Of Horrors (Revival 2003)
Mary Poppins (Reduced Orchestration)
Miss Saigon (School Edition)
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)
Ragtime (Version II)
Reich - City Life
Rent (School Edition)
School of Rock
She Loves Me
Sister Act (Alternate Broadway)
Sister Act (Standard Tour)
Smokey Joe's Cafe
The Sound Of Music
Sweeney Todd (Alternate Orch)
The Wedding Singer
West Side Story (Reduced Orchestration)