ANDOVER, Mass. -- It's like
karaoke on steroids! It's MusicPlayground. The introduction of this
interactive music experience lets users sing and perform along with
their favorite artists. Best of all, no musical talent is required.
Karaoke and music enthusiasts alike can bring the party home with
this PC-based software that makes use of virtual instruments,
allowing users to play the guitar and drum parts of their favorite
songs whether or not they can really play an instrument.
With a V-Pick(TM) virtual guitar
pick or V-Stix(TM) virtual drum kit and a microphone plugged directly
into the back of a PC running the MusicPlayground software, an
ordinary PC transforms into interactive rock & roll machine. A
series of interactive CDs work with the MusicPlayground player to run
the songs' lyrics superimposed over background animation to create a
total in-home interactive multimedia experience.
Available now at http://www.musicplayground.com/,
MusicPlayground users can access hundreds of songs covering all
genres of music -- songs popularized the Beatles, Motley Cure, the
Who, Madonna, Pat Benatar, Smash Mouth, No Doubt, Barenaked Ladies
and many more. MusicPlayground lets users create their own karaoke
party. MusicPlayground is available in four different packages,
including a special Beatles Edition, ranging in price from $19.95 to
$69.95, that include a V-Pick(TM) virtual guitar (or bass) pick, a CD
with MusicPlayground Player software, and direct access to the
company's continuously expanding online music jukebox of licensed songs.
Getting started is easy. With a
multimedia equipped PC and Windows(R)98/Me, users simply install
MusicPlayground's Player software onto their hard drive and plug in
their virtual instruments. Start up the MusicPlayground Player
software, select a song and play along by striking the virtual
instrument in time with the on-screen Rhythm EKG (TM) rhythm guide.
Song lyrics are superimposed on top of video/animation content for a
total entertainment experience.
Headquartered in Andover,
Massachusetts, MusicPlayground, Inc. is a leading music technology
and entertainment company that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Namco
Limited of Japan. Founded in 1993, MusicPlayground, Inc.is the owner
of five patents worldwide covering real-time interactive signal
processing technology that allows general music consumers to
play-along with musicians without having to know how to play an instrument.