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Jump to new posts Re: Blame me for Cakewalk being Shut Down by Gibson by eddie1261 @ 28 minutes 16 seconds ago

That may be but a bunch of them show up in Real Band and I use them.
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Thank you for the info.
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Jump to new posts 'TIS SO SWEET TO TRUST IN JESUS by Torrey Bliss @ Today at 06:53 PM Here is my arrangement of the old classic public domain hymn. Band In A Box has been invaluable in helping me keep things fresh and exciting in my role as a worship leader. This is an example of how the program helps me survive. I'm still working with the guitar lead sound and the bridge part of the song. Thanks in advance for the listen! BIAB Bass-1636 Jazz Funk Breezy EV75 Piano-912 Electric Rhythm Smooth Poppy EV16 90 Guitar
Jump to new posts Re: Why PG Music Caters to Windows Users by eddie1261 @ Today at 06:12 PM

Even better. That town of 2000 had FOUR bars with live music! I remember the Wednesday of that week there was nobody there but the bartenders so for 2 sets we were playing songs we didn't really play, including some television show theme songs. Then at midnight a bachelorette party came in and we had to do the real stuff. FOUR bars that paid bands in that little city.
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Jump to new posts Re: Need Away To Ride by Noel96 @ Today at 06:09 PM

Dani, Like RnAM, I've never been surfing. Even though I grew up in a seaside town, it was located on an enclosed bay and it was very rare for big waves to appear on the water. You definitely know how to capture the surf flavour of the 60s. The minute this starts playing, there is no doubt at all as to the song's genre! I really admire your ability to do this. I hope Spring is shaping up to a wonderful season for you and Li. All the best, Noel
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Jump to new posts Re: New song....Hawaiian Breezes by Noel96 @ Today at 06:04 PM

Graham, You certainly had my feet tapping along with you! Very entertaining! Regards, Noel
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Jump to new posts Re: The Power of the Part Marker by Graham Martin @ Today at 04:51 PM

Thanks to Callie for the educational reminder about Part Markers. Certainly I use them for all the purposes outlined. I believe one of the most important features outlined by Callie is Quote:Section Paragraphs: adding a part marker to your Band-in-a-Box® song will move that section to a new line within the lead sheet, making it easier to see - this is optional, and can be adjusted within the Display Options window. This feature is extremely useful for creating readable leadsheets, a subject
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David, I really like the sentiments you express in these lyrics. What stood out to me most, though, was how very well everything -- singing, arranging, writing, production -- worked hand-in-hand to create an excellent work. This is definitely one to be proud of. All the best, Noel
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Jump to new posts Re: Congratulations Xtra Styles Song Contest Winners! by David Snyder @ Today at 02:54 PM

Well expressed Jim. I use the Xtra Styles religiously for production. I have all 4 sets and would not live without them. When they go on sale for $29 bucks I think they are a steal. There are like 150 premixed, amazing "productions in the can" per Xtra styles set just waiting for a chord chart. You can't order lunch in a recording studio for $29 bucks. At the normal price they are still a bargain and more. I keep a link to the Xtra styles on my bookmarks folder, and when I am look
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Jump to new posts Re: That's How The Story Ends by RnAM @ Today at 02:46 PM

Herb, Very nice authentic country touch! Love the mandolin. Rob and Anne-Marie
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Jump to new posts Re: What'd I Ever Do Without You by RnAM @ Today at 02:33 PM

Lawrence, That new technique of yours works out fine! Very cool lyrics (of both of you). The funky piano is great. Rob and Anne-Marie
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Jump to new posts Re: Grow Up by RnAM @ Today at 02:26 PM

Floyd, Really great song that reminds us of....indeed, like others already said, Bruce Springsteen! We like the lyrics too. And as always, your vocals are top notch! Rob and Anne-Marie
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Jump to new posts Re: Only Begin by furry @ Today at 02:25 PM

Thanks for asking me Robert, enjoyed the challenge a lot. Looking forward to the next one
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Jump to new posts Re: The World Won't See by Noel96 @ Today at 02:24 PM

Molsenhouse As I listened, all I could think was... You took me on a musical voyage that was breathtaking, spectacular even. I sat here in from on my computer with my eyes closed and I just let whatever images your music created float through my mind. It was such a wonderful experience. Your composing, your singing, the way that you arranged the music, the mix and the presentation all radiated with the highest level of professionalism. "Extraordinary" is a word that just sprang in
Thanks so much rharv
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Chris, When the song finished, I just sat here at my computer, staring at the screen. What a journey! Your arrangement and its mix with Gulshan's magnificent singing is truly spectacular. From beginning to end, this reverberates with professional brilliance everywhere! Outstanding! Regards, Noel
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L,P, J&B Really bluesy!!! Everything works: music, vocals, lyrics Great job guys! Rob and Anne-Marie
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Jump to new posts Re: No One Knows by RnAM @ Today at 02:03 PM

Dave and Chris, We completely agree with Floyd! Great music, guitar, vocals and... everything else! Terrific song! Rob and Anne-Marie
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Jump to new posts Re: Welcome to the Family by RnAM @ Today at 01:52 PM

Hi Rich, We listened to both versions. We agree with Floyd and we think the revisited version is slightly better, a bit more melodic. Good lyrics and anyway a good song. Rob and Anne-Marie
Jump to new posts Re: RealBand 2018 v4 buggy? by Charlie Fogle @ Today at 01:32 PM

Hi Fiddler2007, Do you know although BIAB has only one Audio channel that it can be used multiple times? A second, third or a number of additional audio tracks are available in BIAB as either mono or stereo tracks as needed. Not sure whether that would be useful to your project or not. Just letting you know the capability is there in the event you were not aware. Charlie
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Jump to new posts Re: Lead sheet view --enclose staff ? by Lesley55 @ Today at 01:26 PM

Thank you , Noel. I'll give it a try.
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Jump to new posts Re: LOVE BITTER BLUES by Torrey Bliss @ Today at 01:01 PM

Thanks for all those nice words Loren! It's appreciated more than you know!! T
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Jump to new posts Re: Notation Problems by Matt Finley @ Today at 12:54 PM

Bob, you will enjoy the irony here: Dorico, the new notation software that is among the most expensive, has deficiencies in endings and codas. I waited to try it because the first release didn’t even have chord symbols. Still, at their pace, fairly soon it may be the best choice out there.
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Jump to new posts Re: CAGE by Samuel Davis @ Today at 12:32 PM

Thanks everybody for listening. I appreciate your comments. Originally Posted By: David SnyderMan I never thought of that CAGE chord progression. But I'm sure going to use it now. This reminds me a lot of Country "Nirvana." Yeah, I never would have thought of it either had it not been for this challenge but I'm glad I did. I think it works well for this. I definitely had some Nirvana grunge influence going through my head while working on this.
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Jump to new posts Re: My Heart Sings For You by furry @ Today at 12:16 PM

Love it Rick, beautiful song and backing
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PG Music News
RealBand 2018 Build 5 Update Available!

RealBand 2018 customers can download the latest free patch update here:

Summary of Changes for Build 5
Added: When generating the input file for saving as an MGU/SGU SongMode128= is saved to the input file.
Added: Localization support for 2018.
Added: flyby hints to new dialogs.
Fixed: Save As with a filename greater than 128 chars could cause an error 123 plus access violation.
Fixed: Rebooting RealBand after a filename with 128 chars was saved could cause an access violation.
Fixed: Pressing the Change button in the Event List Window could result in an access violation if an event was not a Note event.
Fixed: When running in Win 10, and using BBW or PT to generate audio harmonies, an error would occur saying that you need BB 2011 or PT 12 to generate audio harmonies.
Fixed: Midi Thru Method was not being saved to the .INI file. It always reverting to Track-Specific when booting up RealBand, even if the user manually changed the setting to Global in the Midi Thru Settings dialog.
Fixed: Delete All Notes on This Peg menu item in notation window right-click menu was missing.
Fixed: Potential crash on exit (having to do with the DLL attempting to free up a dynamic array that was passed to it).

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 Build 512 Update Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows customers can download the latest free patch update here:

Summary of changes for Build 512 since 510 (Feb 15 2018):
Fixed: "Load SoundTrack Song" and "Load song with RealDrums Audio" buttons in the Sound Track dialog were not working.
Fixed: After returning Band-in-a-Box to factory settings the File Open dialog would default to the bb\Data\Lib directory.
Fixed: Choosing a custom chord sheet font would ignore any color choice made in the font selection dialog.
Fixed: Drum names were sometimes truncated in the RealDrums MultiDrums and Quicklist dialogs.
Fixed: Exporting a MIDI file might cause the error, "MIDIConv.exe no found".
Fixed: Mixer changes were not undoable, and would not cause user to be prompted to save their song when exiting.
Fixed: Static in RT2438 and other various RealTracks fixes.
Fixed: StylePicker database various updates. Some styles were displaying the wrong feel (swing/even) in notation. A few styles incorrectly showed missing Drums.
Fixed: The audio latency setting would increase every time leaving the Windows Audio Devices dialog.
Fixed: The Download Manager folder name defaulted to 2016 instead of 2018.
Updated: Help file.

PowerTracks Pro Audio 2018 is Here!

PowerTracks Pro Audio 2018 is here! PowerTracks Pro Audio 2018 includes many new features and enhancements:

Windows Audio (WASAPI) driver support. This allows for low latency audio recording/playback without requiring ASIO. Note that this supports 1 stereo input plus 1 stereo output at a time. For multiple inputs/outputs, you should continue to use either MME or ASIO.

ABC Notation format support. You can save a track of notation in a popular ASCII text format to import into other programs, or you can paste this format into a user forum as a way of sending the track (usually the melody and chord symbols) to other users without having to attach a file.

The built-in Audio Chord Wizard detection in the Chords window automatically detects the chords of the song, based on the audio data from all non-muted audio tracks. This works similar to the standalone Audio Chord Wizard, except that it uses the current bar lines of the existing song.

Notation Enhancements:
-X/8 time signature support. This is a special method of displaying 6/8, 9/8, or 12/8 time signatures in the Notation window.
-The Duplicate previous chord in notation right-click menu lets you quickly duplicate the previous chord (group of notes on same peg) without having to reenter it.
-Delete highlighted notes in notation right-click menu lets you delete all highlighted notes.
-Delete all notes on this peg in notation right-click menu lets you delete all notes on the nearest peg that was clicked on.
-You can now enter Section Numbers. Previously, you could enter letters (A-Z) only, but now you can also enter numbers (1-9).

...a full list of the new features in PowerTracks Pro Audio 2018 is available at

#TBT - The Beginning of Xtra Styles PAKs for Band-in-a-Box®

We released the much-loved Xtra Styles PAKs in August 2016! This release included 164 RealStyles for Jazz, Country, Rock-Pop, and Singer/Songwriter and worked with any Band-in-a-Box® 2016 or higher UltraPlusPAK, EverythingPAK, or Audiophile Edition!

Xtra Styles PAKs were such a hit... we couldn't stop making them! Since their introduction, we've released 3 more PAKs with a total of over 600 Xtra Styles in all!

Want to hear what other program users are doing with their Xtra Styles? Visit our Xtra STyles Contests forum to hear all the songs submitted during previous song contest we've had:

Learn more about Xtra Styles PAKs and listen to their demos at

Band-in-a-Box® Customer Feedback - Feel The Love!

Check out some great feedback we've received on our Facebook account from program users:

"I have been using Band-in-a-Box for years. It is the anchor of my music gigs as well as my fun in my studio. I have used other software but Band-in-a-Box is my main go to."
-Jack T.

"Love Band-in-a-Box. As someone who played professionally for 20 years and retired from live performing years ago, I still love music. Band-in-a-Box allows me to create fun arrangements which I can sing over or play over. There are THOUSANDS of different variations plus you can enter any chords you like and create any chart. It's also great for creating background tracks for videos and audio content for websites, training etc. And like everything else in the world . . . it may not be right for everyone. For those who love music and don't have the time to shed five or six instruments it's way cool."
-Vinnie R.

"This program has completely changed my playing for the good. I can experiment with playing chords and leads over various scenarios that I can quickly create and change. Love this program. I use it nearly every day."
-Dave R.

"I bought my first version in 1994 and have progressed to 2018 version. I use it to create backing tracks for live music performance. I currently have over 2,000 songs performance ready. If you can and type, and use mouse it will work for you."
-Roger M.

"The premiere reason for me for buying this program; it has given me the freedom to fully complete the foundation for my songs without the confinement of limited minded musicians. After the song concept is complete, it can then be presented those musicians to play as a cover song. Also writing a song with a band gives them partial ownership of your idea... not cool... especially since they may have fought your idea every step of the way.. Every member of an organized band should own a copy of this program to compose or to even give legitimate composition alternatives to the original songwriter."
-Paul V.

Thanks everyone!

Support for ABC Notation Format in Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows!

ABC notation is the simple text-based notation system used by musicians worldwide to store chords, melody, and lyrics of songs. Now with Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows you can open and save songs in ABC notation format!

To save the song in ABC notation format, press the [Save As] toolbar button and choose Save as ABC notation file from the menu. Once opened, select a track that you want to save and choose your other criteria - The [Copy to clipboard] button will copy the file to the clipboard (that you can then paste it into other programs). The [Save as File] button will let you type a name and select the destination in your hard drive.

Band-in-a-Box® Song Title Browser Requests Forum

Have you stumped the Song Title Browser feature in the Band-in-a-Box® StylePicker?

If you tried to search for a popular song and this feature didn't offer you any listings, we'd love it if you'd let us know in our Wishlist forum here.

Posting your requests to this forum really does work - we used it to increase the database with the Band-in-a-Box® 2018 release!

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