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#224553 - 12/01/13 05:49 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Check the home page for some good news! [Re: Matt Finley]
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Ian, I don't think we know the answer but every year someone comments that the updates favor some genre. Over time, I think it evens out nicely. Check out some of the improvements in strings this year, which can enhance about any genre.
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#224554 - 12/01/13 05:50 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Check the home page for some good news! [Re: Matt Finley]
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Hi Ian,

I thought the spread seemed pretty even across Pop/Rock, Jazz and Country. There's a little bit of 60/70s but not lots. Then again, the ability to create one's own Realtracks is pretty good.

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#224556 - 12/01/13 05:52 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Check the home page for some good news! [Re: VideoTrack]
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Originally Posted By: VideoTrack
Originally Posted By: Matt Finley
VideoTrack, give them some time to catch up. The program was only made available a few hours ago.


Hi Matt
Certainly not a criticism, as I mentioned: "Hope PGM are putting the finishing touches on those too!"

You're right! No harm intended by my quick reply. I'm hanging around late tonight to answer questions about the new version as best I can. I think you can expect a lot of supporting material to roll out over time.
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#224626 - 12/01/13 10:00 AM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Check the home page for some good news! [Re: sixchannel]
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There's some very solid new additions for Pop/Rockers this year, Ian.

*Pop Strings

*Also a RealTracks String Quartet that has some real possibilities. During the beta, I tried it out with Paul McCartney's Yesterday chords. Add a guitar, and, sweet.

*Loops now support Acidized Loops, so that tempo/chord root info is automatic - this one feature has HUGE implications for those wishing to be able to nail Pop music hooks, riffs, etc.

*A Legato Strings feature automatically
optimizes MIDI string parts to prevent retriggering the same notes. -- This one feature really makes a Sonic Difference, more Realism.

*8 new Hi-Q MIDI sounds, including new pianos, basses.

*41 Pop/Rock RealTracks:
Hot!- New Orleans Boogie styles added (piano, bass, drums, guitar). Horn Section Background ‘Pad’ style added. Funky Electric Piano and Clav from piano legend John Jarvis. 60’s/70;s funk grooves - bass, piano and drums. New
Dance Synth tracks. Baritone Sax Blues backgrounds and more!


I likely missed a few other New Features or Improvements that would apply to your chosen genres.


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#224689 - 12/01/13 12:45 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Check the home page for some good news! [Re: Mac]
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There's enough in here for me to make this a required purchase. And I figure that every feature that's a meh for me has someone else very excited.

For example, 192 and 193 have me baffled - they're mostly synth. I don't understand why PG Music would devote a RealTrack to something better suited for MIDI tracks, especially when they've got Hi-Q MIDI sounds. I would have found "real" instruments on disco tracks (especially strings) would have been a very cool addition. But again... someone is going to find that a killer feature.

While we don't seem to have brass "riffs" this round, the focus on more "pad" sounds means that they're likely to fit with more styles.

As Mac noted, there's a real strings, which can be combined together in various parts. That looks like it'll be fun to play with. The held common notes in MIDI string parts is also welcome.

I'm looking forward to better support for Garritan instruments.

And while there's no MusicXML, support for Sinsy means that some work in that direction has begun.

But I'm really looking forward to the UserTracks. The first person to put together some nice "oohs" and "aahs" will be making a lot of friends on this forum.
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#224696 - 12/01/13 01:10 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Check the home page for some good news! [Re: Matt Finley]
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triggered my "reach for the credit card" reflex! downloading now...

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#224700 - 12/01/13 01:17 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Check the home page for some good news! [Re: Matt Finley]
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David, I feel the same about those synth tracks. I would've liked more of the P&W styles as I find I use them a lot. And some flute. I'm not overly excited about some of the new RT's as some seem awfully close to what we already have but I'm sure others are.

But you know, once I get the new upgrade, I always find myself really appreciating and using many tracks I wasn't so excited about on first look. LOL!

I'm really looking forward to the users realtracks too. I'm not a good enough instrument player but there are many people on here who are. I think a good flute player is going to get a lot of love. And when I figure out how to use this new feature, maybe I can at least contribute some ooo's and ahhh's. <grin>

The new gui looks great.

I asked this in the RB forum - but anyone know of if there are any changes to Realband? Just curious.
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#224730 - 12/01/13 02:44 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Check the home page for some good news! [Re: Matt Finley]
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Josie, there's a very nice Hi-Q flute sound that's new.

David, I actually tested the Sinsy Music XML output by loading it into Sibelius and MuseScore. Both were successful, with MuseScore actually being better at timing.

Yes, let's hope there will be more development in Music XML.
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#224779 - 12/01/13 05:03 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Check the home page for some good news! [Re: VideoTrack]
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Here's a shot of the new GUI. Later, Ray


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#224780 - 12/01/13 05:05 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Check the home page for some good news! [Re: dcuny]
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Originally Posted By: dcuny

For example, 192 and 193 have me baffled - they're mostly synth. I don't understand why PG Music would devote a RealTrack to something better suited for MIDI tracks, especially when they've got Hi-Q MIDI sounds.


These are not made by any old MIDI keyboard, but were done using REAL SYNTHESIZERS, played by real live Synthesists.

There's a huge difference.

Not my particular favorite genre either, but every year we have to share with all, eh?

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would have found "real" instruments on disco tracks (especially strings) would have been a very cool addition.


RealTracks Set 193: Dance: Disco & More

http://www.pgmusic.com/bbwin.realtracks.htm

RealTracks Set 191: Funky Electric Piano & More contains some keyboard tracks that should be very usable for certain Disco work.


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And while there's no MusicXML, support for Sinsy means that some work in that direction has begun.


There's a hidden workaround in using Sinsy, I didn't get to experiment with it much during the Beta, but Sinsy is able to return the XML data if asked, and that likely can import your BB chords into other programs.

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But I'm really looking forward to the UserTracks. The first person to put together some nice "oohs" and "aahs" will be making a lot of friends on this forum.


Absolutely.


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#224781 - 12/01/13 05:09 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Check the home page for some good news! [Re: Matt Finley]
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Making User Tracks is pretty easy. I've done some bass & of course the OOOHs & AAAAHs thing.
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#224851 - 12/01/13 07:47 PM [Band-in-a-Box for Windows] Re: Check the home page for some good news! [Re: Mac]
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Originally Posted By: Mac
These are not made by any old MIDI keyboard, but were done using REAL SYNTHESIZERS, played by real live Synthesists.

It's a bit too subtle for my ears. wink The Koto and Bell Pad patches sounded like something from an M1 with some effects added.

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Not my particular favorite genre either, but every year we have to share with all, eh?

Exactly.

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RealTracks Set 191: Funky Electric Piano & More contains some keyboard tracks that should be very usable for certain Disco work.

Yes, I thought the same thing when I first listened to it.

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There's a hidden workaround in using Sinsy, I didn't get to experiment with it much during the Beta, but Sinsy is able to return the XML data if asked, and that likely can import your BB chords into other programs.

I'm happy to see BiaB get any sort of MusicXML support.
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Beginners Forum - Exporting to a .MID File

Our Forum is amazing - an online community full of helpful program users, BETA testers, endorsers, and staff!

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This week included a very active post, Exporting from Band-in-a-Box to a .MID file. Visit this post to learn more about exporting RealTracks as .MID files, and see our friendly forum users at work!

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Band-in-a-Box® 2018 For Windows Build 509 Update Available!

Band-in-a-Box® 2018 for Windows customers can download this free patch update at http://www.pgmusic.com/support_windowsupdates.htm#509

Summary of changes:
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