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#7940 - 07/24/08 02:23 PM Let me be the first ...
Lloyd S Offline

Registered: 05/20/01
Posts: 1588
to congratulate PG Music on a terrific idea!
Combining the powers of BIAB and PTPA into RealBand may be just what some of us needed.

I'd just like to know, if I already have BIAB 2008.5 and PTPA 12,
what do I get "over and above" those if I order:

RealBand PlusPak?
RealBand Pak?


#7941 - 07/24/08 03:39 PM Re: Let me be the first ... [Re: Lloyd S]
jford Offline

Registered: 12/20/00
Posts: 7123
Loc: Pensacola, Florida
You get the new Realtracks and you get a copy of RealBand. RealBand will read all your BIAB styles from your BIAB folder, all of your existing RealTracks and RealDrums, and it will give you the ability to create songs in sequencer environment. That includes the BIAB chord grid, BIAB styles. Plus you can regenerate BIAB individual tracks and even a single measure within that track, without having to regenerate the rest of the tracks. Plus all the other features of PTPA except for TC-Helicon features. Of course, the RealTracks you get with the Plus Pak will also work with your existing BIAB. Remember, PTPA currently does not support RealTracks. But with RealBand, as long as you have a chord progression defined in the chord grid, you can generate RealTracks by simply right clicking on a track and selecting the appropriate RealInstrument. It's actually easier to just do it than to try to describe it. RealBand will directly read in BIAB MGU and SGU files, as well as SEQ files, WAV, MP3, WMA, and MIDI files. There's a lot of power in this combined package.

RealBand, however, is more like PTPA with BIAB features. Other than not having TC-Helicon, it has (as best as I can tell) all the rest of the PTPA features, but adds a lot (but not all) BIAB features. You won't get melodist or soloist or harmonist or embellisher or a number of other features. But you can still do those in BIAB, and once they are stored in the BIAB tracks and saved to a file, you can open it in RealBand and continue workng there.

Hope that helps.

#7942 - 07/24/08 03:54 PM Re: Let me be the first ... [Re: jford]
Squire G Offline

Registered: 08/15/05
Posts: 26
Loc: Vernon Hills, IL USA
Sounds good to me ......I'm a PG junkie. New product....I'm ordering it now. It's from PG Music, it's gotta be great!


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#TBT Band-in-a-Box 12 for Windows - All the Way from 2002!

As you know, Band-in-a-Box has been around for many, many, many years!

Let's take a look back to November 2002, and the release of Band-in-a-Box 12 for Windows... some of the new features released included:
-MIDI File to Style Wizard - automatically converts a MIDI file to a Band-in-a-Box Style.
-"Twice and many instruments" with GM2 Support - this added 129 new instruments to styles and songs, including the ukulele, mandolin, 12-string guitar and more!
-Guitar Chord Diagrams on the Notation - an option for standard Guitar Chord diagrams to be included in the notation display.
-You can now loop any section of the song - handy for looping a full chorus or other section of a song for practice or performance.
-Styles Improved - all of the Styles for Band-in-a-Box are enhanced with new StyleMaker features including guitar and other fretted instrument voicings, consistent volume levels, edited patterns, and more!

Want to see all the new features that Version 12 had to offer? Visit and read all about them!

Video - Using Drag and Drop in Band-in-a-Box for Mac

Want to see how to use the Drag and Drop feature in Band-in-a-Box 2015 for Mac?
We've created this excellent short video tutorial that explains this feature:

We have a HUGE selection of videos available to help you get the most out of Band-in-a-Box. Visit the PG Music Inc. YouTube Channel or our own Video Support page to see them all!

RealTracks Artist Brent Mason Has Been BUSY This Year!

According to, Brent Mason is a part of the following albums in 2015 (and the year isn't over!):
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Imagine how much longer this list would be with all the songs Band-in-a-Box Users create using Brent Mason RealTracks!

Learn more about Brent and listen to demos of his RealTracks by visiting his RealTracks Artist Bio page

Congratulations RealTracks Artist Paul Franklin - CMA Award Nominee!

RealTracks Artist Paul Franklin (Pedal Steel) has been nominated for the CMA Musician of the Year Award!

We will find out on November 4th! More info...

Paul Franklin's RealTracks can be found in Sets 132, 149 & 182 - listen to demos of these here.

#TipTuesday - Save a Track As a "Performance File"

Did you know... If you save a track as a "Performance File," you can send it your friend, who will be able to play it without needing to have the RealTracks installed.

To save the track, right-click on the instrument button and select "Save Track as Performance File."

Band-in-a-Box for Windows - Fretlight Support!

Band-in-a-Box 2014 and higher for Windows work with the Fretlight Guitar!

Using the program with this light-up guitar is really easy - just connect the guitar to your computer via USB before you open Band-in-a-Box.

Watch this Video to learn more...

Have you created a song using Band-in-a-Box, RealBand or PowerTracks Pro Audio?

Make sure you join our Forum and share your original tune on the User Showcase Forum! While you're there, listen to songs created by other forum members, and offer your feedback!

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