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Band-in-a-Box for Macintosh
You can enable the feature, and your arrangement would,likely sound better. You can control the appearance of the message separately, If you give a human musician this progression... Dm9 G7b9 CMaj9 He likely simplifies it n his head to Dm7 G7 CMaj7 ..So that he plays lots of different things that might not be exactly those. Turning the feature on in BiaB allows BiaB to do that too, and results in more fluid playing with longer phrases
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Jump to new posts Re: CAGE by Deryk - PG Music @ Yesterday at 07:11 AM

Wow - you nailed this! Within the first few measures, I knew I'd be liking this one. The song has so much charisma and energy behind it - it makes me feel amped! Not to mention your vocal performance is truly next level. I wouldn't bat an eyelash hearing this on the radio. You made a great song here - thanks for sharing
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Jump to new posts Re: VIDEO: A Little Bit Of Me (my first) by floyd jane @ Yesterday at 04:25 AM

Originally Posted By: IcelanderAn ambitious project indeed. Far from just "a little bit", I'd say that's a lot of you right there Thanks for having a look and listen...
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Jump to new posts Donde conseguir el Real Book para BAnd in A Box by Ferran1957 @ Yesterday at 01:32 AM

Me gustaria conseguir el Real Book para BAnd in A Box. Alguien sabe donde. Gràcias
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Jump to new posts Re: Band-in-Box 2017 pour MAC en Français ! by Daniel Donval @ 02/20/18 09:30 PM

Bonjour Said54, Le Canada est un pays bilingue (Anglais-Français). Le produit est "fabriqué" en Anglais pour des raisons tant d'hégémonie de la langue de Shakespeare dans le monde surtout dans le domaine l'informatique que de lien naturel entre cette langue et les musiques que Band-in-a-Box véhicule: Jazz, Rock, .... Sinon, tu en es où dans tes souçis informatique ? Daniel
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Jump to new posts Re: Band in a box 2018 by Daniel Donval @ 02/20/18 09:21 PM

Merci Massichat pour cette précision ... Daniel
Band-in-a-Box for Windows
Jump to new posts Re: set 265 RT279 2779 flute N/A by rich in ca @ 02/20/18 07:28 PM

John and Noel (and all others who responded), I only used Download manager for one file (RealTracks294-300). It downloaded ok, and seemed to install (i.e.,claimed to install) but would revert back as if it did not. So, I took the long road and downloaded each set group that was relevant. After installing all the sets that had 1 or more RTs (in some cases all) missing I would run StylePicker between each download and install to check the results. Currently, I am no longer missing any RTs. Ma
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Jump to new posts Re: Unheeded Things by Torrey Bliss @ 02/20/18 06:08 PM

Mark, very nice jazz/rock arrangement! And also a very good first post! I liked the break you put in at 1:36, it really let the song breathe and then pick up again! Thanks, Torrey
Beginners Forum
I fixed it by deleting the note and then putting it back in. BiaB is weird sometimes. Earlier the triples were changing back into 8ths and 16ths spontaneously. But that stopped when I changed style.
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Jump to new posts Re: Free SampleScience Player by Icelander @ 02/20/18 06:00 PM

This looks promising, thanks for the tip
Jump to new posts Re: Inspiration by Belladonna @ 02/20/18 05:41 PM

Songwriting Inspiration – Where Does It Come From? 2/20/18 Some songwriter’s will tell you they only write when the heaven opens and rains a song down on them. And I am sure it does happen occasionally. But there may be long dry spells in between. If you talk to your best songwriters you will find that they approach songwriting totally differently. More like a job, a craft that can be developed. Show up every day at 9:00 am with your coffee and write for an hour and learn. Read e
Jump to new posts Re: Why PG Music Caters to Windows Users by Matt Finley @ 02/20/18 05:21 PM

Thank you, Peter. You might want to look at the BIAB for Mac forum where I posted an innocuous question that was rather hijacked into a discussion of deficiencies of BIAB for Mac and 64-bit. My question was simply on where to find the build number in the Mac version (that I just bought).
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Jump to new posts Re: Belladonna's FAWM Songs by Belladonna @ 02/20/18 04:56 PM

Song #15 FAWM A little blue today, went for a walk by the river and was seeing the beauty of God's world and getting confirmations of his spirit and presence. Just had to write this song. Title Let Your Light Shine DJE 2/20/18 Verse 1 Some days it’s so easy To think the world’s gone crazy I’m tryin’ to do the right thing And it all blows back on me Chorus So let your light shine Burn those dark clouds away Break out the sunshine I'm calling on your hotline Let your light shine
Band-in-a-Box for Macintosh
Jump to new posts Re: Audio chord wizard mac by Icelander @ 02/20/18 04:56 PM

Well, as I understand it from the front page overview, the ACW has seen a drastic overhaul on the PC end (with their latest version at least) that hasn't yet been carried over to the Mac front. And then, the feature was most likely being handled differently on each platform as it was already, even if you hadn't been using the latest PC version before switching sides. Unfortunately you'll be seeing cases like this a lot as you carry on in the Mac version, so you may as well start bracing yourse
I just heard Band-in-a-Box on YouTube
BB King was a genius at the "as few notes as possible" concept. It's all about finding just the right notes
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Jump to new posts Re: Only Begin by Janice & Bud @ 02/20/18 03:41 PM

Originally Posted By: Deryk - PG MusicWow - what an incredible collaboration! Your voices meld together so perfectly on this. Also, the lyrics here are vivid and I love how abstract they sound. It really helps add a new dimension to the tune. It reminds me of Neutral Milk Hotel a little bit - they are an independent indie folk band that is highly praised, so that is most definitely a compliment Great work, and thanks so much for sharing! Thank you Deryk for mentioning the harmony blend! Rob
Jump to new posts Re: Questions about what can "easily" be done by Noel96 @ 02/20/18 03:01 PM

osmethne, Thanks for your replies. Understanding music is about understanding how a particular coding practice works. I suspect that the most beneficial way for you to learn how to use BIAB would be to have some lessons. That would really help a great deal. Lessons could be in the form of personal instruction (face to face) or maybe Youtube clips or maybe a special course on music basics. To use BIAB it's not necessary to read music but it is necessary to understand how chords work, how the
Band-in-a-Box for Macintosh
I will be limiting my participation in the BIAB for Mac forum if threads regularly become hijacked with angst like this. But thank you for answering my simple question.
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Jump to new posts Re: Song demo not found by Noel96 @ 02/20/18 12:40 PM

The "Load Song Demo" loads the chord chart of the demo for a particular style into BIAB's chordsheet. The chord chart you are missing belongs to the XTRA styles sets. This is shown in the "Sets" column. Did your purchase of BIAB include these sets? If so, it looks like they need to be installed.
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The other takeaway from this conversation is you need to remember the default track names because neither ALT-F5 or chord entry abbreviations recognize RealTracks names. For example, say you place a banjo RealTracks into the piano track. By default Band-in-a-Box changes the displayed name of the piano track to Banjo but you can't use the letter "b" in chord entry abbreviations and the track will still be called piano in the ALT-F5 screen. To eliminate this potential issue I prefer t
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Jump to new posts Re: Install Realtracks missing by Noel96 @ 02/20/18 12:33 PM

If I am interpreting your situation correctly, it looks like the display columns need expanding so that you can see the full information. To do this, 1. position the mouse cursor on the border between the two columns 2. the cursor will change to a vertical bar with arrows pointing in opposite directions as shown on the image below 3. when that cursor appears, hold the right mouse button down and drag to the right 4. the column will now expand and you will be able to see its full contents
Band-in-a-Box for Windows
Jump to new posts Re: Audio Export levels BIAB 512 and font selection. by Kent - PG Music @ 02/20/18 12:32 PM

Hi, Normalize doesn't seem to be working for me either. I'll be sure to report this right away! Thanks Kent PG Music
Band-in-a-Box for Windows
Jump to new posts #TechTipTuesday - Band-in-a-Box® Patch Updates by Callie - PG Music @ 02/20/18 12:31 PM

If you're ever experiencing an issue with your Band-in-a-Box program, make sure you have the most recent patch update for your version - this can be done at Patch updates are released frequently, and are created by our development team to fix any reported bugs, tweak existing features within the program, update demos and other files as needed, and more! To find out which version of the program you have, visit Help | About Band-in-a-Box within
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Jump to new posts Re: Grow Up by Sergio Guarneri @ 02/20/18 11:55 AM

Super song and performance. Very well sung. Great rhythm Sergio
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Jump to new posts The Thrill Is Gone by 90 dB @ 02/20/18 11:42 AM In memory of Janna Merlyn Feliciano. July 30, 1945 - January 8, 2018 R.I.P. Regards, Bob
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PG Music News
Introducing... RealTracks Artists David Wise & Shelly Justice!

For the first time ever Band-in-a-Box® can generate backing vocals with some amazing "oohs" and "aahs" vocal arrangements with RealTrack Set 278: Shiny Vocals Oohs and Aahs! Add male or female parts by renowned Nashville vocalists David Wise and Shelly Justice, and you'll LOVE the results!

David and Shelly have recorded with many different artists, including CeCe Winans, Dolly Parton, Don Henley, Donnie McClurkin, Jeremy Camp, Lady Antebellum, OneRepublic, Steve Green, and more!

RealTrack Set 278: Shiny Vocals Oohs and Aahs includes a three-part, six-voice arrangement – which you can use all together in your song or individually for more delicate textures! Listen to the demos for RealTracks Set 278 here.

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.

Learn more about Dave & Shelly when you visit their RealTracks Artist Bio page:
David Wise:
Shelly Justice:

#TechTipTuesday - Band-in-a-Box® Patch Updates

If you're ever experiencing an issue with your Band-in-a-Box program, make sure you have the most recent patch update for your version - this can be done at

Patch updates are released frequently, and are created by our development team to fix any reported bugs, tweak existing features within the program, update demos and other files as needed, and more!

To find out which version of the program you have, visit Help | About Band-in-a-Box within the program. You will see the full version number listing as:
Band-in-a-Box® for Windows
Version 2018 (512)

The number in parentheses is the build number. As you can see, my Band-in-a-Box is up to date and will continue to stay that way because I've selected "Automatically check for updates every 7 days" within the Help | Check for Updates.... option (you can set the number of days to a different number). This window will also look to see if you're version is up to date, so you don't technically have to visit if you didn't want to!

Once you've installed your patch update (make sure the program is closed when you're doing this), give it another try - if you are still experiencing the same issue you can report it by contacting us directly, or you can post your result to the Forum thread that also announces the patch update, like our recent Band-in-a-Box 2018 Build 512 Update (Feb 15) post.

YouTube Find - How To Play SLOW A7 BLUES Guitar Solo With 4 NOTES

Check out one of EricBlackmonGuitar's latest videos, How To Play SLOW A7 BLUES Guitar Solo With 4 NOTES and you'll hear a great Band-in-a-Box backing track!

...and you'll also learn how to play blues with just a few notes!

A Little Bit Of Me Music Video!

A great music video created by forum user Floyd Jane!

This song was featured in a detailed "The Birth of a Song" video created by Floyd Jane - watch the complete video here:

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

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