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From Apple Mac support to mobile device management and recording studios, Counterpoint support creative technology. Configuring, managing and monitoring devices is our domain, ensuring your school or business technology is kept secure and up to date. Read more about our Apple Mac IT Support Services.

Do I need Antivirus on my Business Mac

Do I need Antivirus on my Business Mac?

Where there are internet users, there are criminals, and Mac is no exception. Viruses compromising Mac software have rapidly increased due to the soaring success of their products in the marketplace, with reports suggesting that Macs are now facing twice as many threats as Windows PCs.

by We are Counterpointon June 29, 2022
ICT in primary schools

ICT in primary schools

Many people assume that ICT (Information and Communication Technology) is mainly for secondary schools and further education.

by We are Counterpointon June 29, 2022
Bulk headphones for schools

Bulk headphones for schools

Headphones are essential for modern classrooms. They allow students to use interactive applications and create and listen to music alongside their peers. But equipping an entire suite isn’t straightforward.

by Arijit Chowdhuryon June 29, 2022
Laptop cabinets & trolleys for schools

Laptop cabinets & trolleys for schools

Laptops are essential for modern schools. They give students access to the latest developments in learning applications and their portability means they can easily be moved around and between classrooms.

by We are Counterpointon June 29, 2022
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The importance of cybersecurity in education

Cyber attacks are only something for big businesses to worry about. Hackers don’t target schools and colleges.

That’s a common misconception, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. A recent UK government survey found that primary schools are as likely to face an attempted attack as an average business. And secondary schools and further education colleges are significantly more likely to be targeted.

by We are Counterpointon June 10, 2022
How Leasing Helps

How Leasing Technology Helps Schools Overcome Inflation

There’s no getting around it, inflation is out of control at the moment. UK inflation rates have risen to a 40-year-high of 9%. What this means is the price of goods is becoming more and more expensive by the day.

by We are Counterpointon June 10, 2022
Wholesale iPad Cases

Wholesale iPad Cases

Suitable iPad cases are critical for protecting your devices from...
by We are Counterpointon May 12, 2022
Best Headphones

Best Headphones for Teachers

Are you looking for the best headphones for teachers in the classroom?

Are you doing more online teaching and finding that your built-in laptop speakers and microphone just aren’t cutting it?

Headphones aren’t necessarily issued as a standard part of a teacher’s IT setup but they’re becoming an almost essential item now.

by We are Counterpointon April 26, 2022
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MATs: The secret to successful technology delivery

Multi-Academy Trusts, or MAT's for short, can be hugely beneficial for schools. By pooling together resources and negotiating power they can get better deals on a range of services.

Yet there is one challenge MAT's face which, if not addressed appropriately can severely affect teaching and learning within their schools:

by We are Counterpointon April 08, 2022
Best Music Keyboards for Schools

Best Music Keyboards for Schools

At Counterpoint, we've been supplying schools with musical equipment for decades now. Depending on the age group and skill level you are teaching to, you may want a feature rich keyboard or something that keeps things simple. What is the best music keyboard for schools? Well, that depends on your situation and the skill level of your students. In this post, we've rounded up our top picks for the best music keyboards for schools
by We are Counterpointon January 07, 2022
iPad Leasing For Schools

iPad Leasing For Schools

Everyone knows that iPads aren’t cheap. And when it comes to buying an entire fleet of iPads for your school it can be difficult to fit into your budget. Yes, we can secure you a discount if you buy in bulk but you’ll still need to find a significant amount of capital to fund your purchase. This means that students at schools with smaller budgets can be left behind others if they don’t have access to the latest computer technology
by Arijit Chowdhuryon January 07, 2022
Best iPad stylus for use in schools

Best iPad stylus for use in schools

We’ve spoken before about some of the reasons why handwriting is still important in schools.
by Arijit Chowdhuryon November 23, 2021
How to deploy iPads for schools

How to deploy and configure iPads for schools

There’s no doubt that iPads are fantastic devices and when you buy one for personal use it can be relatively simple to get it working straight out of the box yourself.

However, when it comes to deploying iPads in education environments it’s a different story. There are several factors that need to be taken into account for you to have a smooth and successful rollout. Let’s take a look at each one:

by Arijit Chowdhuryon October 20, 2021
Introducing Sibelius for Mobile

Introducing Sibelius for Mobile

You already know what a fantastic tool Sibelius is for creating music in a studio or classroom, but did you know that you can now make music anywhere with the new iPad app?
by Arijit Chowdhuryon September 03, 2021
Buying iPads in bulk for Schools

Buying iPads in bulk for Schools

iPads are an essential part of any classroom. If you want to give your students the best possible educational experience then you can’t afford to be without them. From taking notes, making music , drawing pictures or diagrams, to sharing information with classmates, the slick functionality of an iPad is sure to get them fully engaged with any task.

by Arijit Chowdhuryon September 03, 2021
The importance of handwriting

The importance of handwriting in the classroom

The world has gone digital, and with it so have our classrooms. It’s not uncommon to see classrooms without a pen in sight. However, while typing is certainly a critical skill in the modern world, handwriting still maintains a number of advantages.

In this post we will look at some of the benefits of writing in school classrooms, we will then look at some ways to merge the digital with the physical in order to get the best of both worlds.

by Arijit Chowdhuryon September 01, 2021
How to retain IT staff and reduce teacher turnover

How to retain IT staff and reduce teacher turnover

Staff are key to any organisation. No matter what policies and procedures you have in place, if you don’t have the right staff to carry them out they’re worthless.
by Arijit Chowdhuryon August 24, 2021
Which SSD is best for MacBook Pro

Which SSD is best for MacBook Pro?

If your MacBook isn’t running as fast as it used to, you might be tempted to go out and buy a new one. But before you decide on that significant outlay, have you considered upgrading the hard drive to SSD?

It’s much less expensive and it could be just what you need to return your computer to peak performance. Especially if you’ve recently upgraded to High Sierra (2017) or later as these operating systems are optimised for SSDs.

by We are Counterpointon July 21, 2021
The Best iPad Cases for Schools

The Best iPad Cases for Schools

You’ve kitted your teachers and students out with the latest...
by We are Counterpointon June 11, 2021
SSD vs RAM: Which should you upgrade?

SSD vs RAM: Which should you upgrade?

When you’re looking to extend the life of your computer,...
by Arijit Chowdhuryon June 01, 2021
What is a Counterpoint?

What is a Counterpoint?

The term counterpoint originates from the Latin punctus contra punctum meaning “point against point
by Arijit Chowdhuryon May 19, 2021
Where can you find your Sibelius System ID?

Where can you find your Sibelius System ID?

If you wish to purchase additional Sibelius licenses or upgrade...
by Arijit Chowdhuryon March 09, 2021
Cubase for Schools

Cubase for Schools: How to Make Music Remotely and in the Classroom

Working from home is becoming more and more common. Whilst this can bring many benefits, it also creates challenges, such as how to access all the software that you use in your office or classroom.
by Arijit Chowdhuryon October 22, 2020
Classroom Headphones: Your Guide

Classroom Headphones: Your Guide

As a teacher, you’ll know first-hand how difficult it can be to keep the full attention of your class. Whether it’s nearly home time or it’s been a long day, students who aren’t engaged miss out on the opportunity to learn and achieve their full potential.
by Arijit Chowdhuryon October 16, 2020
iMacs Cost

Are iMacs Cost Effective?

Buying new computing hardware is a big purchasing decision for any department. Modern computers all come with a significant price tag, and every organisation is looking to minimise costs
by Arijit Chowdhuryon September 15, 2020
iPad & Tablet Charging for Schools

iPad & Tablet Charging for Schools

iPad charging units offer a secure way to store, and recharge, all of your iPads at once. There are two core types - trolleys fitted with castors that can easily be moved throughout your building,
by Arijit Chowdhuryon August 28, 2020
Product Review: Zoom H1n Portable Recorder

Product Review: Zoom H1n Portable Recorder

The Zoom H1n is loaded with features accessible to both beginners and professionals. The clever design of the unit means that most of the controls you’ll need are instantly to hand.
by Arijit Chowdhuryon August 14, 2020
Product Review: Steinberg UR44 Audio Interface

Product Review: Steinberg UR44 Audio Interface

The Steinberg UR44 comes with 6 inputs, 4 on the front (2 hi-z and 2 line), and 2 on the back (line). The front inputs are controlled by gain knobs, and the 2 rear inputs can be set to +4dBV or -10dBV in dspMixFX software. Such a wide range of inputs should suit someone
by Arijit Chowdhuryon August 14, 2020
Technology Grants and Funding for Schools UK

Technology Grants and Funding for Schools UK

Technology in the classroom has a profound impact on learning, with many teachers and parents keen to utilise and maximise the benefits. Technology offers a responsive and resilient approach to teaching, and allows schools to adapt to new teaching approaches and pupils’
by Arijit Chowdhuryon August 14, 2020
Product Review: Focusrite 2i2 3rd Gen Audio Interface

Product Review: Focusrite 2i2 3rd Gen Audio Interface

Look at a list of top-selling audio interfaces, and you’re guaranteed to find a range of Focusrite products in the top spots. The Focusrite 2i2 is the slightly bigger brother to the popular Scarlett Solo, offering an additional input in a similar
by Arijit Chowdhuryon August 11, 2020
Product Review: M-Audio SP-2 Sustain Pedal

Product Review: M-Audio SP-2 Sustain Pedal

The M-Audio SP-2 is an extremely affordable, lightweight sustain pedal built for use with MIDI controllers or electronic keyboards. It comes with a generous cable length of 6ft and connects to a wide range of devices with its ¼” jack cable.
by Arijit Chowdhuryon August 11, 2020
Product Review: Shure SM58 Dynamic Cardioid Microphone

Product Review: Shure SM58 Dynamic Cardioid Microphone

Used by artists as diverse as The Sex Pistols, Bono, Buddy Guy, and more, the Shure SM58 is a legend in its field. A uni-directional cardioid mic, it offers a tailored frequency response, as well as a pneumatic shock-mount system to minimize
by Arijit Chowdhuryon August 11, 2020
iRig Mic Cast 2 Review

iRig Mic Cast 2 Review

IK Multimedia’s iRig Mic Cast 2 offers a slim feature set, focusing instead on simplicity and portability. For a budget microphone to extend your phone with, it does have some clever additions, and an app that allows easy export to Dropbox, OneDrive etc.
by Arijit Chowdhuryon July 18, 2020
Review iRig Stomp i/o Pedalboard Controller

Review iRig Stomp i/o Pedalboard Controller

Offering a more portable alternative to an analogue pedalboard, IK Multimedia’s iRig Stomp I/O is jam-packed with clever features. The ability to run all your pedals from an iOS device is something the space-conscious will appreciate. The controls are well-designed, doing a good job simulating a digital version of the knob-twiddling that pedal-heads crave.
by Arijit Chowdhuryon July 13, 2020
Product Review: Casio CTK-240 Keyboard

Product Review: Casio CTK-240 Keyboard

As a novice keyboard player, I found the Casio CTK-240 an extremely easy instrument to get to grips with. Being a Casio, I knew that I would get great build and sound quality,
by Arijit Chowdhuryon July 13, 2020
Affinity Photo Editing Software Review

Affinity Photo Editing Software Review

Affinity Photo comes feature-packed and ready to compete with industry standard top-dog, Adobe Photoshop. Affinity Photo’s rich array of tools will satisfy the majority of users, from HDR Merge with mapping controls, to focus stacking, batch processing, and a wide array of brush tools.
by Arijit Chowdhuryon July 13, 2020
Is the Q49 Keyboard best for beginners

Is the Q49 Keyboard best for beginners?

The Q49 is a bare-bones MIDI keyboard, choosing not to include multiple pads, faders or knobs. This may be an issue for someone looking for more customisation, compared to the similarly-priced Alesis V49 - which comes with 8 pads and buttons, and 4 control knobs.
by Arijit Chowdhuryon June 16, 2020
Are these the best Audio Technica headphones?

Are these the best Audio Technica headphones?

Putting the M40X through their paces on lossless audio streaming, they respond with a wide frequency response and excellent sound quality. For music playback, I found the sound to be crisp and detailed,
by Arijit Chowdhuryon June 12, 2020
Tips and Rules for using iPads

Tips and Rules for using iPads in the Classroom

The use of iPad technology provides some fantastic benefits to those in the Classroom - for both teachers and students alike. Using iPads in education is an exciting trend which we’re keen to see more schools.
by Arijit Chowdhuryon June 10, 2020
Music Technology: Impact in the classroom

Music Technology: Impact in the classroom

As an Academy school, based in Corringham, Gable Hall consistently uses their music technology suite and recording studio to produce some of the UK’s most talented young musicians.
by Arijit Chowdhuryon June 10, 2020
Basics of Equalisation

Basics of Equalisation

Equalisation can be an incredibly useful tool if you know how to make use of it for your frequencies. Indeed, equalisation is the term which is used to describe the boosting or cutting of frequencies; in turn, it can help you to enhance the sound system’s overall tonal quality.
by Arijit Chowdhuryon April 02, 2020
How to Wire Mono Jack Type Speaker Plugs

How to Wire Mono Jack Type Speaker Plugs

Today, we’ll be explaining how you can wire your mono...
by Arijit Chowdhuryon March 09, 2020
Pulse Megamouth MKII Review

Pulse Megamouth MKII Review

The Pulse Megamouth was undoubtedly one of our favourite products...
by Arijit Chowdhuryon February 23, 2020
Introduction to PA Systems – Top 5 Essentials

Introduction to PA Systems – Top 5 Essentials

Buying a PA system can be a difficult choice to...
by Arijit Chowdhuryon February 19, 2020
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EPA Series of PA Systems Launched

Being able to provide the highest quality PA and lighting...
by We are Counterpointon February 18, 2020
yamaha-stagepas-400i-600i-review

Yamaha STAGEPAS 400i & 600i Review

The ‘portable’ sector of the PA market is growing fast...
by Arijit Chowdhuryon February 17, 2020
Numark Mixtrack Quad Review

Numark Mixtrack Quad Review

When browsing online looking to purchase a DJ controller, it...
by Arijit Chowdhuryon February 17, 2020
Alesis Transactive Wireless

Alesis Transactive Wireless

It was with disappointment that we heard the news that...
by We are Counterpointon February 05, 2020

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