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Jump to new posts Re: Samplitude Pro X3 Suite by jazzmammal @ 12/10/17 09:03 PM

Thanks Larry. I was at my house all day and haven't installed anything yet, just did the downloads. I appreciate the detailed explanations I'm sure when I actually install this stuff it will become clear. Bob
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Jump to new posts Re: Upgrade from 2017 pro to 2018 UltraPak? by VideoTrack @ 12/10/17 09:02 PM

Welcome to the forums. You can find a list of the RealTracks and Styles provided in individual packages at this link There certainly is an Upgrade Path available also. The Ultra Pak features are available at this link. It currently includes the Bonus Pak described here Pro Pak has 300+ RealTracks Ultra Pak has 2,500+ RealTracks
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Jump to new posts Upgrade from 2017 pro to 2018 UltraPak? by wruess @ 12/10/17 08:30 PM

Purchased BIAB 2017 pro this year. What I find most useful are the "Real Styles" I'm assuming there are more of these (not just more Real Tracks) in the UltraPak? Also, is there any 'upgrade' path from pro to UltraPak or do I just have to bite the bullet (once) to get the larger package? Thanks!
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Jump to new posts Re: Instead Of Crying by Al-David @ 12/10/17 08:21 PM

Hi Jon, Your music is always a real treat! This is so danged wonderful it's light, happy and lays so nicely in my ears. That uke is fabulous. The violin is a great choice, too. Totally loved this. I'm still relaxed and smiling. Best to you. Alan
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Jump to new posts Re: In Case Of Fire by Al-David @ 12/10/17 08:18 PM

Back for another listen! Somethings are just as good the second time around - things like this song! Alan
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Jump to new posts Re: The Rest Of My Life by Al-David @ 12/10/17 08:14 PM

Hi Tom, So very nice to have you back again! You've been missed more than you might think! What a *BIG* sound! And every tiny bit is perfectly placed and performed. great, ear-catching intro. And as always, your vocal is superlative. This is country at its best! WOW! Merry Christmas. Alan
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Jump to new posts Re: FEEL YOU IN THE WIND by Al-David @ 12/10/17 08:09 PM

Hi Torrey, In the 5+ years I've been here, I think this is the first time I've heard you do country song, per se. You have a terrific country voice! You remind me a little of Andy Griggs and, perhaps, a little Richie McDonald (lead singer for Lonestar). The writing reminds me of something Skip Ewing might have penned. Great song and performance. You're terrific composer and performer. Merry Christmas. Alan
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Jump to new posts Re: A New Life by Al-David @ 12/10/17 08:01 PM

Hi Rich, This is so beautiful! Wonderfully conceived, developed and performed. Really, really nice!. Congratulations. We're old hands at being grandparents ... we have grandchildren who have graduated college. My wife and I are both in our 70s. You have some great 9and a few trying0 times ahead of you. Enjoy him! Merry Christmas. Alan
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Jump to new posts Re: Christmas Once Again III 2017 by Al-David @ 12/10/17 07:57 PM

Hi Dani, I agree with ROG - could be a new holiday classic! I like the upbeat rhythm and the and the overall fun of this. Very nicely done. The chord arrangement is really cool! great listen. Merry Christmas. Alan
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Jump to new posts Re: One Night In Chi-Town by Al-David @ 12/10/17 07:53 PM

Originally Posted By: RiccledHi Al. I’ve been so wrapped up with my stuff that I haven’t had chance to hear many other members tracks recently,so I thought I’d have a listen,especially as you’ve been so enthusiastic about my work. Well this is a cool groovy song,love the solo work and the nice easy rhythm,I shall explore the jazz tracks a bit more myself I think. Sorry to hear about Di,hope she’s on the mend. Thanks again for your support mate. R. Hi Rick, Thank you for those ver
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Jump to new posts Re: One Night In Chi-Town by Al-David @ 12/10/17 07:50 PM

Originally Posted By: animarorecordsHello, Alan Yes, this is George Benson! It is not the fusion or vocal sound that he recorded with Warner Bros, but this is his original jazz sound. Very cool and pleasant! I love this very much. Enjoyed my listen a lot. Best wishes for Di's recovery. Best regards. Shigeki Adachi Hi Shigeki, Thank you very much for taking some time to listen. I'm delighted you liked it! And yes, this is original george Benson style - when he still had a lot of Wes Montg
here is a fun application i use with the Band... ( available for purchase at the Apple Store - not all the expensive )
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Jump to new posts Re: One Night In Chi-Town by Al-David @ 12/10/17 07:47 PM

Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG MusicWonderful job here Alan It's a wonderful little jazz tune, definitely! It's a real finger-snapper. The choice of RealTracks here couldn't be better - everything just melds and flows together so nicely. It's the kind of music I imagine a band playing in a nice lounge in the 70's. Great work, and as always - thanks for sharing! Hui Deryk, Always a pleasure when you drop in with your kind words. And yes, it's written with the "lounge lizards" in
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Jump to new posts Re: Christmas Once Again III 2017 by Robertkc @ 12/10/17 07:08 PM

Dani, Beautiful vocals on an uplifting song. Merry Christmas! Robert
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Jump to new posts Re: A New Life by Robertkc @ 12/10/17 07:02 PM

Rich, Very well done, both in the inspiration and the creation! Lovely melody and its nice to hear your clarinet playing. Robert
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Jump to new posts Re: Vocal oos and ahas by airtcon-161 @ 12/10/17 06:59 PM

Thanks Video Track, ok PG music whats up???? Nelson
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Jump to new posts Re: FEEL YOU IN THE WIND by Robertkc @ 12/10/17 06:56 PM

Torrey, This is a different song from others you`ve posted this year - the vocal on the verses has a more upfront modern country sound. On the chorus, with those harmonies it definitely has that polished sound we`ve come to expect. I especially liked the ending where you take it down a little before the close. A very enjoyable listen. Wishing you all the best for the coming year! Robert
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Jump to new posts Re: The Rest Of My Life by Robertkc @ 12/10/17 06:43 PM

Tom, There`s a signature sound to your productions ( as in top-shelf) and its great to hear your music again. The guitar layers are an absolute treat. This is a powerful, direct and still very catchy song. Welcome back! Robert
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Jump to new posts Will BIAB serve these functions that I am seeking? by robertleo @ 12/10/17 06:35 PM

Hi there, total noob here. I very recently posted concerning a problem I was having using style maker and building styles from scratch. If you know a lot about that and would like to help you can see that post here: Otherwise I just wanted to see if BIAB would make sense as a tool for some musical goals I'm trying to accomplish. One thing I love is how you give BIAB a number of 1 measure phrases and t
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Jump to new posts Re: In Case Of Fire by Robertkc @ 12/10/17 06:34 PM

Originally Posted By: Greg JohnsonOriginally Posted By: 44kflYou nailed it guys! very nice write, catchy, entertaining solid vocals love Torrey's guitar work has that cheeky brit humor (humour) enjoyed! Kenny I agree with Kenny-you nailed it!! Like that vocal effect. What was that? Sort of a Queen feel too with the melody and Torrey's excellent guitar track. Great stuff guys!! Take care. Greg Greg, Glad you enjoyed this. I used a Nectar pop preset on the vocals which are doubled
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Jump to new posts Re: Band-in-Box 2017 pour MAC en Français ! by Said504 @ 12/10/17 06:29 PM

Bonsoir je ne trouve pas le patch pour rendre band in a box 2017 en francais AIDEZ MOI
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Jump to new posts Re: Creating a New Style by robertleo @ 12/10/17 05:53 PM

Hey there, thanks for the reply. I did check the mixer, one of the unwanted sounds was on the Loops channel, which I did not even try to use or do anything with. The other unwanted sounds were on the drum channel along with the pattern that I programmed. It was like some cymbal/tambourine pattern. Yes, 2018. I have not applied any updates yet but I will, thanks!
Jump to new posts Re: The 'One Man Band' accompaniment application by Icelander @ 12/10/17 05:44 PM

I wasn't necessarily thinking of a direct comparison as such, this is more meant as a general "what you all think?" kind of post. As for your strict distinction between the two, then as I skimmed through the outline on that site I'm pretty sure I spotted something about the ability in this program to pre-program the chords and then select styles before initiating playback, not all that much unlike the core function of BBox. And I'm pretty sure that the original .sty files in BBox are i
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Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG MusicWhat a tune! It reminds me of something you'd hear in an old western film, for some reason. I really liked how moody it was, both in the arrangement and in your vocal delivery. Those horns were the final icing on the cake for me. You should be proud of this one, Rob Thanks so much for sharing! Hello Deryk. Thank your kind words. Rob
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Jump to new posts Re: Christmas Once Again III 2017 by Rob4580 @ 12/10/17 05:35 PM

Nicely done Danny. Thanks for listing. Rob
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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!"
"The RealTracks are worth their weight in gold to me. They really are an amazing invention for music creators."
"Every one of these tracks is phenomenal!"
"You guys just keep blowing us away."
"This is an amazing product. I tip my hat and thank you immensely."
"Awesome job once again!"
"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."
"This will give my students a great overview of what's going on in an arrangement with the different instruments.!!!"
"A musician must have."
"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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