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Shigeki, you are an absolute professional!! Everything you produce is right at the top level of anything posted in this forum! You deserve all the accolades anyone gives you here! The work you did with the string section is marvelous, the mix is professionally done and the vocalist performed flawlessly. Congratulations on a great year of very high quality music that you have shared with us here and may you have a great 2018! Thanks, Torrey
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Jump to new posts Re: BB 2018 stopped working after Activation by Matt Finley @ 12/13/17 07:25 AM

Mike, you are correct. BIAB gives you three activations, so you can install on a laptop and desktop, or make a new install after a hard drive fails etc. I have not read any other reports of problems about activation of BIAB.
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Jump to new posts Re: It snowed for a while by floyd jane @ 12/13/17 07:23 AM

Sergio, I always enjoy your melodies. This one, too. I liked the little bit of distortion on your guitar. Nice steel, too... Merry Christmas to you. fj
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Jump to new posts Re: Christmas Once Again III 2017 by Torrey Bliss @ 12/13/17 07:21 AM

Really liked the holiday feel you captured in this Dani! The chord changes are beautiful! Great work with the vocals! Thanks, Torrey
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Jump to new posts Re: It snowed for a while by Torrey Bliss @ 12/13/17 07:17 AM

Sergio, it sure does have a holiday feel to it. Nice little melody and good job working the steel in there! Thanks, Torrey
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Jump to new posts Re: Vocal oos and ahas by LawTunes @ 12/13/17 07:16 AM

Bob: This information re: use of vocal patches is very helpful and I will implement it in my efforts. Thank you.
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Jump to new posts Re: Possible scam - windows update notification by sslechta @ 12/13/17 07:14 AM

You are probably SOL unless you upgrade. Current version is 1709. 1511 is fairly ancient by MS standards. I would upgrade through Windows Update though instead of the browser just in case you have some bug.... P.S. - Windows Update history would show your previous updates.
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Jump to new posts Re: BB 2018 stopped working after Activation by Mike Head @ 12/13/17 07:12 AM

Hi Forgive me for jumping in here. But it has always been my understanding that: If you download a package or upgrade then PG automatically Register for you to your account for future downloads . However when you install the package you have to Activate it on your machine to get your ticket, for that install on that machine. So different words Register and Activate Just my thoughts Mike
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Jump to new posts Re: Soul Stealer (video) by Torrey Bliss @ 12/13/17 07:08 AM

J&B, everything in the song, to my ears and eyes is perfect!! Vocal can't be any better and for some reason the drums sounded extra good in this! As for the video, the imagery you have selected is mesmerizing! Just a great seamless production! Thanks, Torrey
As soon as I got the email I ordered and DLed it. But I haven't had a chance to install it yet. I hope it is as good as the Ostinato Strings from last year.
Jump to new posts How to get free Christmas music for your party by pghboemike @ 12/13/17 07:02 AM
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Originally Posted By: Sergio Guarneri Excellent melody and super performance by Joanne. Very well done. Merry Christmas to you. Sergio Thanks Sergio, Merry christmas to yourself & family from Scotland
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Jump to new posts Re: The Songs Of Angels by 90 dB @ 12/13/17 06:59 AM

Originally Posted By: RichMacVery nice Bob. Great prosody and the voice is perfect for it. Wonderful lyrics and delivery. Best Christmas cheers. RichMac, Thanks for listening. Merry Christmas! Regards, Bob
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Jump to new posts Re: It Sounds Like Love by Torrey Bliss @ 12/13/17 06:57 AM

Samuel, this one has a raw up in your face sound which is perfect for this type tune! I like the way you kept the chord structure to a minimum amount of moves which to me enhances the feel of the song. It's serious subject matter and you did very well with the vocal delivering the message! Thanks, Torrey
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Jump to new posts Re: The Songs Of Angels by 90 dB @ 12/13/17 06:57 AM

Originally Posted By: Al-DavidOriginally Posted By: SkylineA stunning Christmas song; beautiful lyrics beautifully sung. The arrangement and instrumentation is simply perfect. You must be very proud of this one Bob. Have a peaceful and musical Christmas. John I couldn't have said it better. John summed this up so perfectly. Simply gorgeous and your vocal is wonderful! I left my comment at Soundcloud as I began my second listen. Merry Christmas! And thanks for this present to us. Alan
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Jump to new posts Re: Help required with Video Rendering by Mike Head @ 12/13/17 06:55 AM

HI George Yes I get the same results , I notice that the audio track does not appear in the video render screen where you select what you want to render. So I guess that is why . All other parts tracks are available even if they don’t contain video. As in the case if you just substituted video drums for non video drums in any style if it fits. You can have a video of the drummer playing but you still hear all the non video parts from the original style, in the finished video. But like y
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Jump to new posts Re: Christmas Tree by Torrey Bliss @ 12/13/17 06:49 AM

Mario, I always like the you experiment and deliver your own cool little niche in these songs. It has a kind of "live " sound to it to me. Chimes/bells nice touch! Thanks, Torrey
Good one. I only wish it worked correctly. I couldnt type anything in. I only got 2 wrong anyhow. Merry Christmas!
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Jump to new posts Re: The Rest Of My Life by Elliott Kayne @ 12/13/17 06:27 AM

WOW ... Fantastic production ... The best production I have heard here. Please explain how you get such a full pro sound. and a Awesome song. Everything WORKS!!!
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Jump to new posts Re: *New Song* Send a Donation -Waltz by Elliott Kayne @ 12/13/17 06:23 AM

Cool video, and great old country song. Almost hear Johnny Cash singing it. Clever lyrics.
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Jump to new posts Re: Like A Thief In The Night by Elliott Kayne @ 12/13/17 06:21 AM

WOW! Great production, and excellent chord changes, very interesting in unexpected ways. The sax adds to the great jazz feel. Nice job
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Jump to new posts Re: What would Jesus Do? - A Modern Christmas Carol by Elliott Kayne @ 12/13/17 06:18 AM

This is an Re Post ... but 'tis the season ... ENJOY!
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Jump to new posts Re: Santa Stuck in Chimney - by Johnny Cash by Elliott Kayne @ 12/13/17 06:16 AM

Here is an older post but 'Tis the Season ... so ENJOY AGAIN!!!
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Jump to new posts Re: One Christmas Night - I will never forget by Elliott Kayne @ 12/13/17 06:15 AM

Thanks for listening. Interesting that you thought I was going for a Caribbean feel ... I guess the Christmas Bells sound like steel drums ... hahaha. I was actually trying for a Christmas Pop tune ... oh well. Here's more ... Feedback is appreciated
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Jump to new posts Re: Like A Thief In The Night by David Snyder @ 12/13/17 06:11 AM

Another great one Alan. I can't keep up with you man!!!!! Happy Holidays!!
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PG Music News
Band-in-a-Box® Version 2018 for Windows is a HIT!

Since the release of Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows, we've received some great feedback!

"Oh wow. [The Audio Chord Wizard] has got to be the coolest enhancement to 2018 Band-in-a-Box. This is so-o-o powerful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!"
"2018 is a great release in so many ways!"
"Nice work, as usual!!"
"Luvin' it so far!"
"And yet again you manage to come up with styles and instruments that we absolutely 'must have'!"
"Great to have the Oohs and Ahhs RealTracks!"
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"Every one of these tracks is phenomenal!"
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"What an unexpected treat!"
"What a fantastic idea PG music! I love to know who specifically thought of this idea. What an unexpected treat!!"
"Video set number three with Oliver Gannon is phenomenal just by itself! I've been asking for additional instruction from him for sometime And here it is! Plus it looks like there's something for everyone. You really out did yourself on this one PG Music - way to go!"
"Just tonight popped together a quick video using one of the new video styles. Must say the whole process worked without a hitch so this really does look like a great new feature. And what a great teaching aid this could be!"
"Come on, whats not to like about this"
"The new Audio Chord Wizard is my favorite new feature!"
"This should be great for creating backing tracks for covers."
"I know what I'm getting for Christmas!"
"What a release!!!"
"The XTRA Styles are fantastic any future idle music-related minutes I may have had are now totally gone gonna find that perfect background rhythm on just about every one of my favorites!!!"
"Recent retirement and the 2018 version of BIAB is a perfect combination!!"
"it's educational utility and potential is awesome!!!"
"I must say, the new harmony options in particular have me champing at the bit!"
"Love the new Video RealTracks!"
"The mixer included into the StylePicker is a great addition."
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"Lovin' the new RealTracks!!!"

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Vocal "Oohs" and "Aahs" RealTracks Tutorial Video

Here's a video showing you the different ways you can use the Vocal "Oohs" and "Aahs" RealTracks, new with Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows!

Video link - Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows, now with Vocal "Oohs" and "Aahs" RealTracks!

Plus, here are two audio demos, the full versions of two of the songs that appear in this video:

Purchase RealTrack Set 278: Shiny Vocals Oohs and Aahs for just $29 here. It's also included in the Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows PlusPAK, UltraPAK, and Audiophile Edition.

Band-in-a-Box® Version 2018 Build 506 Update Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows users can download the latest Build 506 at

Summary of Changes since 2018 Build 205:
Added: "Export Song as Audio File..." menu item has been added to the Audio menu.
Added: BB2018 tutorials folder.
Added: New styles (STY files) for many of the new RealTracks in Sets 278-300 and MIDI SuperTracks sets 25-27.
Added: StylePicker User Categories updated for Xtra Styles PAK 4.
Updated: Styles database
Updated: Various improvements (including Db offset adjustments) to many of the new STY files and .SGU demos included with RealTracks Sets 278-300.
Fixed: "K3" did not work in the chord sheet for copying 3 bars (8 bars would be copied instead).
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box always opens with a maximized window briefly before resizing to the user's saved size.
Fixed: Band-in-a-Box will not open using the proper window size if the Mixer window was open while exiting.
Fixed: Deleting a region of chords would cause "Undo Delete Bars" to appear in the Edit menu, but do nothing unless chosen twice.
Fixed: Error "Input and output sample rates must match" might show when the devices do have matching sample rates.
Fixed: Flash messages were not being added to the flash message log.
Fixed: If Band-in-a-Box was in DAW Plugin mode while exiting, the window size was not restored the next time opening the program.
Fixed: Rendering .m4a or video files might fail and request that the user install QuickTime if using Windows 7. QuickTime should only be necessary for Windows Vista or XP.
Fixed: Some of the Oohs and Aahs (Vocal) RealTracks were not working correctly, and they have been greatly improved.
Fixed: Sometimes when deleting a note in the notation window, you will be asked "OK to delete chord".
Fixed: The "Show Flash Tips" setting did not have any effect when disabled.
Fixed: WashboardBluegrass drums.
Fixed: When exiting DAW Plugin mode, the window would not return to its previous size (it would become maximized).

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Band-in-a-Box® 2018 - Xtra Styles PAK Quick Start Tutorial Video

Our latest video includes a Quick Start tutorial on the installation, locations, and use of the Band-in-a-Box® Xtra Styles PAKs in Version 2018 for Windows. Video: Xtra Styles PAK Quick Start Tutorial

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User Blog - How To Record a Cover Song Using Band-in-a-Box and RealBand

Joanne Cooper's final blog post for 2017, How to record a cover song using Band-in-a-Box and RealBand is a must-read!

Joanne summarizes the steps she took to produce her cover of "Old Lang Syne" - her final result was posted to the User Showcase Forum: Listen to Auld Lang Syne

Announcing…The Birth of a Song (w/Floyd Jane)

We are excited to announce the release of a new project: The Birth of a Song (w/Floyd Jane)

Songwriter Floyd Jane shows the songwriting process from inspiration to performance and publication:

The idea for this project came about when many members on this forum and elsewhere were asking questions about the song writing process. There are many aspects, and many parts of it necessary to create a song, get it arranged, performed, and then published on the internet. So we asked the great songwriter Floyd Jane, who is a regular member on this forum, if he could help. Floyd agreed and was even able to collaborate with other forum members, Janice and Bud. The result is this video we put together that you can see on YouTube or Facebook, called "The Birth of a Song (w/Floyd Jane)".

We hope this video helps other songwriters with their songwriting process, and also shows them tools that are available to them along the way. Also, we mention this User Showcase Forum, and hope to see many new aspiring or accomplished songwriters join this community :blush:

A big Thank You to Floyd for sharing your knowledge with the community and making this possible. And to Janice and Bud for your great collaboration!

Here is Floyd's original forum post for his song "A Little Bit Of Me":

Check out Floyd / Janice & Bud’s music here:

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