web analytics
September 22, 2014 / 27 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



Trope Trainer Deluxe


If you frequent Jewish websites, I am sure that you have come across the name ‘Trope Trainer’ before. After seeing it so many times all over the place I decided I wanted to see for myself what all the hype was about. The version of the program I was able to review was the Deluxe Edition. This program is very unique and has a lot to offer; it definitely is something that deserves the hype it has been getting.

The Trope Trainer installation was relatively easy and fast. This program is packed with so many great features, I don’t know where to begin. The program is not just for students who are practicing for their bar mitzvah – but in fact all ages can benefit from this program.

As we are all aware, there are many different customs amongst our people. Trope Trainer has taken that into consideration and has included close to 20 different melodies on how to lain (chant) the torah. Melody samples include customs from all over the world, such as according to German custom, Chabad, Galician, etc. The list is too long to itemize but you get the picture.

This program is really flexible and diverse; it allows the user to learn to lain with approximately seven different accents, i.e. Ashkenazi, Sefardi, Chabad, etc. What I found to be quite interesting is the way you can manipulate the program, feature by feature, so that while the program is teaching you how to lain with a Sefardi tune, (unless you specify otherwise) the words are pronounced in an Ashkenazi accent; the same goes vice versa.

True, there is nothing like a real teacher/cantor to teach you how to learn. In fact, Trope Trainer encourages you to have your training reviewed by a ba’al koreh to make sure that you are laining the way your community does, because even with all of the different customs this program has, some communities might have their notes slightly different, so therefore it would be a good idea just to double-check.

Learning how to lain requires you to first familiarize yourself with the notes. Trope trainer starts off by teaching you the basics while giving you tips along the way. The tutorial is very extensive and does not only teach the basics. It is packed with challenging exercises that will be sure to keep you on your toes and at the same time help you walk away knowing the material.

Guessing when your son’s bar mitzva parsha or trying to figure out what is supposed to be lained the following week/weekday is eliminated with the calendar option. The calendar lets you peek into the near and distant future or even go back in time to see what was lained in the past. The calendar shows you both the secular and Hebrew dates.

If you already know what parsha you want to lain, then proceed to the reading section in the program. The reading section lists off all the parshios in the Torah. Upon selecting a parsha, assuming that you have input the right year and correct region (Diaspora/Israel – when the last day of Yom Tov falls on Shabbos, the weekly readings in the Diaspora and Israel are different until a double parsha is separated and the Diaspora catches up), the haftarah feature will automatically generate all the possible haftarahs that can be lained for that week. Sometimes there may be one haftarah because all communities will read the same one, yet other weeks there may be a few because some communities have different customs for that week and will be reading different haftarahs.

You can also choose to view special lainings such as the Yomim Noraim, Yom Tovim, Chanukah, Purim, fast days etc. In fact, you can make your own custom readings.

The display controls are quite extensive. You have the choice of viewing the text in regular format or Stam (the way the words are written in the torah (without vowels or trope) or view both, side by side.

Practicing certain trope groups (such as munach esnachta), the program allows you to highlight all of the texts that contain these cantillations. The highlighting feature allows you to assign different colors for different groups. You can also assign colors to the actual cantillation symbols – it’s like highlighting the notes in your notebook with different color highlighters. This comes in very handy when you want to practice certain groups.

There are times when within a parsha that there is a special tune for that particular piece, such as in Parshas Beshalach when we lain Oz Yashir. For instances like these, the program has an option that allows you to underline these texts in order to remind you of the different tune.

To listen to the laining, all you have to do is hit the play button. The program will start laining from the word the gray cursor is at. Want to stop? Just simply press the stop button. Not too hard if you ask me. I think even those who are scared of their computer will be able to handle this task.

As Trope Trainer starts laining, the cursor moves along and highlights each word that is being said. At the same time, on the bottom of the screen, it shows the translation of the verse, the transliteration, the particular musical note it is reading and the name of that musical note.

The more advanced playback features can make a real difference when learning and practicing how to lain. Many times a verse needs to be repeated over and over until it is perfected. This can become quite cumbersome if you need to constantly be hitting the play and stop button. With the repeat play option, you can get the program to constantly repeat a certain segment. Other options you have instead of listening to a continuous flow of text is to listen to a word, trope group, or until the end of the verse.

Aside from melody and pronunciation options, there is a feature that allows you to change the pitch from -12 all the way to 12. You also can change the voices (i.e. bass, baritone, tenor, alto, soprano and child).

One thing that students will love about the program is that it enables you to change the speed of the program’s laining. When students first learn how to lain, they need to hear the text slowly, but as they become more experienced, the pace can be picked up. Trope Trainer allows the student to change the speed from 1 (slow) to 15 (fast). By allowing the program to ‘grow’ with the student, Trop Trainer helps ensure that the student stay motivated and not become bored because they are not challenged.

Trope Trainer is a steal for the price you will pay for it. This program is the next best thing than a human teacher. If you want, you can buy different versions of the program such as the Standard, Single Parsha, and Deluxe. But to have the largest variety of resources, you will want the Deluxe Edition. With this version, you will be able to learn it all. In addition to the weekly parshiyos, you can also learn how to lain Megillas Esther, Shir Hashirim, Rus, Eichah and Koheles.

Trope Trainer requires a PC with at least a 120 MHz processor. Windows 98/ME/NT4/2000/XP. An SVGA display, 32 MB RAM, a sound card and, of course – last but not least – speakers.

This product can be purchased online from sites such as www.kinnor.com or www.hebrewworld.com/TropeTrainer.html.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Trope Trainer Deluxe”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Hezbollah  terror group shows off its arsenal.
Report: US Sending Indirect Military Aid to Hezbollah
Latest Sections Stories
Calmer Times. Breslov chassidim on erev Rosh Hashanah in 2012 at the grave of Rav Nachman in Uman.

As optimistic as Menachem Rosenberg is – and he said he is going to Uman – he’s sure that this year, most of the travelers will not tour other religious sites or places in Ukraine.

Three sets of three-day Yomim Tovim can seem overwhelming – especially when we are trying to stay healthy.

Plotkin-092614

Is a missed opportunity to do a mitzvah considered a sin?

Teens-Twenties-logo

The sounds and scents of the kitchen are cozy, familiar, but loud in the silence.

Everyone has a weakness. For some people it is the inability to walk past a sales rack without dropping a few hundred dollars. For others, it’s the inability to keep their house organized.

Not enjoying saying no, I often succumbed to requests viewing them as demands I couldn’t refuse.

His entire life was dedicated to Torah and he became a pivotal figure in the transmittal of the Oral Torah to the next generation.

When you don’t have anyone else to turn to… that’s when you’re tied to Hashem the closest.

While we all go to restaurants for a good meal, it is dessert, that final taste that lingers in your mouth, that is the crown jewel of any dining experience and Six Thirteen’s offerings did not disappoint.

Today, fifty years and six million (!) people later, Israel is truly a different world.

There will always be items that don’t freeze well – salads and some rice- or potato-based dishes – so you need to leave time to prepare or cook them closer to Yom Tov and ensure there is enough room in the refrigerator to store them.

In Uzbekistan, in the early twentieth century, it was the women who wore the pants.

This is an important one in raising a mentsch (and maybe even in marrying off a mentsch! listening skills are on the top of the list when I do shidduch coaching).

More Articles from Shimon Lewin
Lewin-013009-Mishkan-CD

Within a few short weeks, the weekly parshah will address the topics of the Mishkan (tabernacle) and the kohen’s begadim (priestly vestments). What better way to prepare for this reading than actually seeing, up close and personal, the objects mentioned in the text.

Lewin-062708-Cellphone

In an effort to broaden its Internet services, Nokia has recently acquired Plazes.com. Plazes, a popular website, is used to share social activities. This acquisition is one of the few ones Nokia has recently initiated in an effort to boost its online presence. Nokia is the worlds biggest cell phone company.

Microsoft: In an effort to prevent Microsoft from discontinuing selling new copies of the Windows XP Operating System, windows users have started circulating a petition threatening to jump ship and switch to Apple or Linux.

In an effort to accommodate the haredi world, Bezeq is now offering “kosher” phone service. This service will ban all calls to inappropriate numbers. Bezeq invested over $500,000 into this service and is offering it free of charge.

With reports that this holiday season’s sales are expected to match those of 2002, online businesses are making a major attempt to compete and gain your business. This permits the average consumer to get a great deal on Chanukah gifts from the comfort of his or her home.

After an exhaustive hunt and with great effort, the hidden afikoman was finally found. This is usually preceded with the lengthy negotiations and yearly challenges some families face on what reward best fits the beneficiate? Especially once kids get older, this task seems more difficult with each passing year.

It’s been over sixty years since a bright and most holy people were butchered, tortured and almost annihilated. We still feel the impact of what was taken from us, but unfortunately, some do not realize the magnitude of the terrible churban that transpired.

If you frequent Jewish websites, I am sure that you have come across the name ‘Trope Trainer’ before. After seeing it so many times all over the place I decided I wanted to see for myself what all the hype was about.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/scitech/electronics-today/trope-trainer-deluxe-2/2005/05/16/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: