FreeHand Upgrades MusicPad Pro Plus Digital Sheet Music Tablet & Receives $2 Million Round

FreeHand Systems, a digital sheet music concern, has received $2 million in a third round cash infusion by Vision Capital Advisors, LLC. Vision’s second capitalization of FreeHand comes on the upgraded release of MusicPad Pro Plus, a digital tablet that stores digital sheet music with a new high-res screen and version 4.0 of their software.

The system is the perfect example of whatever can become digital should become digital. The tablet takes the anxiety out of page turning sheet music during a performance via a foot switch, and can store 64MB of music on Flash memory cards, which is substancial. FreeHad has over 90,000 digital music scores formatted for the MusicPad Pro Plus available for download from their site.

• Size: 13.3″ x 9.9″ x 1.8″ (just over 4 lbs.)
• Easy-to-read, low glare, touch screen
• 12.1″ TFT LCD back-lit, color display eliminates need for external music stand lighting
• Resolution: 1024 x 768
• 64MB Flash memory, 128MB RAM
• 64MB Flash memory module
• Video out
• Audio out
• AC power and rechargeable battery
• 2 USB ports (1 host, 1 device)
• Built-in jack for foot pedal
• Store your entire music library
• Scan your music library into a computer and then convert
• Fully annotative with zoom in and zoom out feature while writing
• Add or erase rehearsal marks and notations
• Easy-to-read personal on screen color notes
• Extensive library of notation symbols
• Text annotation via a virtual keyboard
• Half-page turn option for look-ahead viewing in portrait mode
• Two-page display in landscape mode
• Remote easy page turning
• Audio Player for MIDI
• File browser and quick search
• Expanded play list capability
• 1-year limited warranty

The $2 million will go towards marketing and promtion to broaden its customer base. “This additional capital will allow FreeHand to continue on its path toward achieving its profit and sales goals and toward meeting our aggressive product rollout expectations,” said Kim Lorz, chief executive of FreeHand Systems, Inc.

The Future: The MusicPad Pro Plus is a “no-brainer” for established musicians who rely on sheet music for their performances. Its deep feature set, innovative technology and wealth of content are easy to promote, except for one thing…the price. At $899, the MusicPad Pro Plus is just too expensive, and unless FreeHand can drop the price under $500 bucks, they just will not move enough of these devices to stay in business.

The FreeHand MusicPad Pro Plus costs $899 and is available now. More information on the FreeHand MusicPad Pro Plus.

Author: FutureMusic

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