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#11609 - 01/23/09 03:27 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: botma]
Poppa Willis Offline

Registered: 01/02/09
Posts: 177
Went through the big cancer deal myself 5 years ago - they gave me a 50/50 chance of living for 5 years. I pray for you also Howard for strength to get THROUGH this. You can and will. Keep us posted man. Stay connected! Log in from treatment and the hospital, but stay connected! Places like this become welcome second homes and sources of encouragement.

Be blessed!

#11610 - 01/23/09 03:44 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: Poppa Willis]
MarioD Offline

Registered: 12/27/03
Posts: 10593
Loc: Hamlin NY
I also went through the big C 4 years ago.

Good luck and our prayers are with you.
Yesterday I walked into a room and remembered why I was there! It was the bathroom!

64 bit Win 10 Pro - the latest BiaB and RB - Roland Octa-Capture audio interface - a ton of software and some hardware.

#11611 - 01/23/09 04:30 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: MarioD]
occ Offline

Registered: 12/05/01
Posts: 627
Howard check your PM . occ

#11612 - 01/23/09 04:41 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: occ]
PeterGannon Offline
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Registered: 05/29/00
Posts: 13422
Sorry to hear that Howard. I'm saying a prayer for you here.
Have Fun!
Peter Gannon
PG Music Inc.

#11613 - 01/23/09 05:22 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: Howard]
BlueTurbit Offline

Registered: 12/27/03
Posts: 228
Loc: TX
Another prayer Howard.
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#11614 - 01/23/09 06:43 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: Howard]
Noel96 Offline

Registered: 10/31/08
Posts: 12599
Loc: Australia
I'm sorry to hear your news. You're in my prayers.
Well wishes galore,

#11615 - 01/23/09 07:05 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: Noel96]
Danny C. Offline

Registered: 03/18/04
Posts: 6459
Loc: South Louisiana

You have been and will remain in our prayers. Please keep the faith and hang in there, and of course let me know if there is anything personal I can do for you and/or family. You know I am only a few hours or so drive away.
Danny C.

The More You Drink The Better I Sound

#11616 - 01/23/09 08:05 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: Danny C.]
Howard Offline

Registered: 05/30/00
Posts: 2704
Loc: Leesville,La. USA
I can't thank you all enough for the support and encouragement. My local oncologist said that since I was still able to get around and feed myself,etc, that there was a pretty good chance to beat this. My age is against me, 71 next month, but I'm pretty hopeful. I hate how it's hurting my wife, she lost her last three siblings in less than a year from cancer.Again thank you all so much.

#11617 - 01/23/09 08:34 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: Howard]
Don Gaynor Offline

Registered: 12/10/03
Posts: 7671
Loc: Oklahoma, USA
often the wives get overlooked in these situations and need extra love and encouragement too. please give your wife a big hug and a kiss for me, harold, and tell her how much she is appreciated. my thoughts are with you both.

#11618 - 01/23/09 08:45 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: Howard]
MarioD Offline

Registered: 12/27/03
Posts: 10593
Loc: Hamlin NY
I know what you mean about the wife. My wife lost her mother to cancer when my wife was 15. When I had my bout I could see the worry in her face regardless how much she tried to hide it. That hurt more than the chemo!

For what it’s worth I found that whey protein really helped me. I bought the chocolate favored powder that I mixed with milk. It is the same whey protein that body builders use. It really helped me with my energy level. You may want to check it out.

Good luck my friend.
Yesterday I walked into a room and remembered why I was there! It was the bathroom!

64 bit Win 10 Pro - the latest BiaB and RB - Roland Octa-Capture audio interface - a ton of software and some hardware.

#11619 - 01/23/09 10:02 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: BlueTurbit]
edbulmer Offline

Registered: 09/18/06
Posts: 809
Loc: Toronto
We'll here for you Howard. A great bunch here, stay focused and positive, it does make a difference. I have a fellow boating friend who's had this for 15 years. He's doing well. I know everyone's different but we are praying for you. What a great head start. Keep us informed.
My website to hear my stuff-

guitar player, vocalist, sailor

#11620 - 01/23/09 10:32 PM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: edbulmer]
Don Gaynor Offline

Registered: 12/10/03
Posts: 7671
Loc: Oklahoma, USA
if protein supplements are in order, then i heartily recommend Ensure supplement shakes. with my swallowing difficulty my doctor prescribed it to keep my weight up. walmart Equate is cheaper but fewer flavors. the ensure butter pecan is scrumptious. i get it through the va canteen for 16.50/24 case. i drink 2 per day and have kept my weight up but my fingernails grow like weeds. howard, are you a veteran? the va has several programs that would benefit both you and your wife. one is 'respite care' where they will send a nurse to your home so your wife can get a break. check with your nearest va.


#11621 - 01/24/09 12:09 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: Don Gaynor]
Le Miz Offline

Registered: 03/20/01
Posts: 219
Loc: Austin, TX
You (and your family) are in my prayers, Howard.

#11622 - 01/24/09 12:56 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: Le Miz]
DennisD Offline

Registered: 01/14/06
Posts: 317
Loc: BC Interior
Howard, sorry to hear about your prognosis. My thoughts will be with you. I wish you enduring good spirits, and continual prayer. Dennis
There are only 3 kinds of musicians: those that can count, and those that can't!
PC AMD A4-5300 APU 3.4 GHz, 8gb RAM, 1T HDD, Windows 10,
Reaper 4.77, BIAB2018, PTPA12, RB2018, Roland VS-880 DAW

#11623 - 01/24/09 04:05 AM [Off-Topic] Re: Bad news [Re: DennisD]
Keith from Oz Offline

Registered: 12/05/07
Posts: 2166
Loc: NSW Australia
You have our thoughts & prayers from Downunder too, Howard.

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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

#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.

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